Sandra Bullock Says You're Probably Making This Mistake When Talking About Adoption

What you call kids—or don't call kids—matters.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
May 8, 2018
actress sandra bullock speaks out against adopted child term
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Whether you’re a Miss Congeniality fan or lean towards The Proposal, you probably know who Sandra Bullock is. And you probably also know she adopted two kids. But Bullock would prefer you just knew her as a mom of two.

In a recent InStyle interview promoting her upcoming film Ocean’s 8, Bullock, who’s notoriously private about her kids, divulged more details about the adoptions of Louis and Laila. And she couldn’t do it without getting emotional.

“Look: I’m all for Republican, Democrat, whatever, but don’t talk to me about what I can or can’t do with my body until you’ve taken care of every child who doesn’t have a home or is neglected or abused,” she says in reference to the hundreds of thousands of kids in foster care. “It makes me teary-eyed [wells up]. Let’s all just refer to these kids as ‘our kids.’ Don’t say ‘my adopted child.’ No one calls their kid their ‘IVF child’ or their ‘oh, shit, I went to a bar and got knocked-up child.’ Let just say, ‘our children.’”

Like any mom, Bullock is in tune with the distinctive personalities of her children, which she says were already very much formed at the times of their adoptions.

“Lou is super sensitive…He’s wise and kind. I saw that when they handed him to me. There was a spiritual bigness to him,” she says. “I was like, ‘I hope I don’t eff that up.’ And Laila is just unafraid. She’s a fighter, and that’s the reason she’s here today. She fought to keep her spirit intact. Oh my god, what she is going to accomplish. She’s going to bring some real change.”

Bullock is one of many celebrities who’ve adopted kids. Not sure who makes the list beyond Brad and Angelina? Check it out here.

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