Laila Bullock is the adopted daughter of Academy Award-winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock. She was adopted by her mother following a lengthy adoption procedure that took over three years to finalize. Sandra, who had to fight the paparazzi to keep her identity secret during this time, allowed 'People' to publish an exclusive photoshoot of her family captured by her photographer boyfriend, Bryan Randall, soon after the adoption process completed. The cover shoot was also accompanied by an exclusive interview in which the press got their first inside look into the family. Her mother has often talked to news outlets and on television shows about her two children and how she was inspired to adopt twice. Sandra, who is involved with many charities, has often advocated child adoption, leading by her own example. With her story, she has also inspired many fans and other celebrities to do the same, including broadcast journalist and television personality Hoda Kotb who interviewed her about her family in June 2018.
Rise to Stardom
Laila Bullock first gained media attention soon after she was adopted by actress, Sandra Bullock, at the age of 3.5 years in late 2015. In December that year, she appeared on the cover of 'People' magazine, in her mother's arms, while her adoptive brother Louis tagged along. The pictures were taken by Los Angeles photographer Bryan Randall, who has been dating Sandra since 2015. Their perfect family photos soon won over the hearts of numerous fans. Since then, Laila has appeared on the news many times and has also made public appearances occasionally with her mother, brother and Randall.
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There is not much known about Laila Bullock's early childhood before being adopted by Sandra Bullock on December 2, 2015, except that she was born in 2012 and was raised in a foster home in Louisiana. Her grandmother Helga Bullock was an opera singer who died in 2004. Her brother, Louis Bardo Bullock, who was born in January 2010, was also adopted from Louisiana. Laila and her brother live with their mother Sandra Bullock in her $16m mansion in Beverley Hills, California. They are reportedly very close to Skylar – the 23-year-old daughter of Sandra's boyfriend Bryan Randall from his previous relationship with Janine Staten – who often spends time playing with the two children. According to a report published on 'Star' in late November 2017, Sandra might have legally adopted Skylar as her daughter as well.
Path to a Family
In June 2018, during an emotional interview with Hoda Kotb on the 'Today' show, Laila Bullock's mother Sandra Bullock opened up about her journey to motherhood and how she came to build a compete family via adoption. She was still in double minds about the adoption process in the early 2000s, but after the 5 Hurricane Katrina struck her then-home city, New Orleans, in 2005, she had a feeling that her child was there. Following a four-year-long process, she and her then husband, Jesse James, co-adopted Louis Bullock in January 2010. They revealed the news in April 2010, after she won the 'Oscar' for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, who had adopted celebrated American football player Michael Oher, in the biographical drama 'The Blind Side' (2009).
Unfortunately, she split with her husband reports within a few days after the Oscars and continued the adoption process as a single mother. In the same interview, she shared how a three-year-old Louis led her to Laila by telling her girlfriends that she was going to have a baby daughter soon while she was not even thinking about that. Looking back, now she thinks it happened around the same time when Laila was born, even though she adopted her three years later, following another complicated adoption procedure.
Sandra fostered Laila before she was adopted, during which time they were once snapped by the paparazzi, putting the adoption process in jeopardy. Sandra, who had legally agreed to shield Laila from prying eyes, had to beg lawyers to protect her. While speaking with 'InStyle' magazine in May 2018, Sandra revealed that Laila had developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from her fear of being photographed. In December 2015, she finally left foster care in Louisiana to join Bullock’s family and bring "pink and glitter in the house mixed with LEGOs and Batmans". Talking to 'People' following the adoption, her mother revealed how the two siblings had formed an inseparable bond, adding that "the exact right children came to me at the exact right time." In her interview with Kotb, Sandra also mentioned how her two children were the exact opposites of each other, with Louis being the "wise" one and Laila being "the aggressor", but they "balance each out". According to her mother, Laila is "unafraid" and is "a fighter".