How Sandra Bullock Kept Her Adopted Son A Secret

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock managed to keep the adoption of her infant son private for months, even when the paparazzi started swarming following allegations of marital discord.

Sandra managed to not only keep herself removed from the public eye, but to also shield her son, Louis, from the spotlight as well. It wasn’t until People magazine revealed her adoption story Wednesday that anyone outside of Sandra’s inner circle knew the big news.

“Sandra really relied on a network of very close friends and very close family members to keep her secret,” explained People magazine’s senior editor David Caplan. “The baby arrived during the height of the awards season [in January], and she even said that her trusted makeup artist was wondering why [she] needed so much concealer under her eyes, because she was tired.”

In order to pull that off, Caplan said Sandra had to employ some CIA-style tactics to maintain her covert operation, using car decoys to take Louis to the doctor, and not letting anyone in her house.

“Regardless of whether or not she was seen with the baby, there wasn’t even buzz about the fact that she had the baby,” Caplan said. “It was her ability to a) hide [him] from visible sight, and b) the ability to keep this information private, because she had the baby before the scandal broke.”

This scenario makes it clear that Sandra’s team wasn’t swayed by potential lucrative offers, said New York Daily News entertainment reporter Joanna Molloy.

“The only way Sandra Bullock could have pulled this off is that she obviously has a few very trusted, loyal, close friends — a rarity in Hollywood where celebrities are often surrounded mostly by people who either work for them, or want something out of them,” Molloy said. “All of the folks in Sandra’s tight circle obviously love her and are loyal enough to her that, in keeping her secret, they took a pass on the possibility of making at least six figures on a story like this which certain magazines and British publications are willing to pay.”

Even with the tough logistics, it makes sense that Sandra would want to keep her adoption under wraps, said Eileen Koch, head of entertainment PR firm Eileen Koch & Company, because Sandra “was never seeking publicity for anything except her work.”

Sandra is already widely admired, and her decision to stay mum will only increase the respect fans have for her, Molloy said.

“She wanted to keep the baby a secret after she was nominated for the best actress Oscar because she ‘didn’t want him to be part of all that,’ ” Molloy said. “There are plenty of actresses who would have wanted Academy voters to see them with an adopted baby just to get the good PR, and consequently, votes. Everybody knows the voting process isn’t just about the performance anymore. But in this case it was.”

While some celebrities may be accused of being dishonest when a big secret is revealed, it was entirely different for Sandra, Caplan said. “Everyone completely understands why she kept a secret; they’re sympathetic and supportive,” he said.

Koch for one isn’t surprised. Fans have been so supportive of Sandra because her husband’s alleged infidelity has overshadowed her recent career triumph.

“That’s why everyone is behind her, because he ruined the two most important things in her life: the baby and the Academy Awards,” she explained. “She couldn’t have that moment — she couldn’t totally have the happiness of everything.”

If the timing seems just too good to be true — revealing a brand new baby at the same time news of her divorce from Jesse James makes headlines — remember that Sandra has had to keep a low profile, and telling everyone will give her more freedom, Caplan said.

“She wants everyone to know the secret because she wants to move on,” he said. “She wants to live a normal life.”

Jillian Michaels: "I Won't Ruin My Body With Pregnancy"


‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Jillian Michaels has a very fit body and she plans to keep it that way. Jillian, 36, shared with Women’s Health she is unwilling to become pregnant because of the way it would change her body.

“I’m going to adopt. I can’t handle doing that to my body,” she told the magazine. “Also, when you rescue something, it’s like rescuing a part of yourself.”

Jillian, who is now 5’2″ and 120 pounds of muscle, was overweight as a teen. She said she once weighed 175 pounds but lost the extra weight with martial arts, which she has practiced for 20 years. She is currently embroiled in a lawsuit over the efficacy of her diet pills.

Jillian responded on her blog with the following post:

Let Me Clear Something Up…

By now you’ve read — or read about — an article featuring me in Women’s Health magazine. There is a misunderstanding circulating in the press about my personal choice to not get pregnant that I want to clear up for all of you. I think that pregnancy is admirable and selfless. I am not “anti-pregnancy,” as it’s been reported. In fact, I applaud all of the mothers on my site – and the millions of women who choose to give birth.
I’ve already told you that even though I look ripped now, I spent my early years constantly struggling with excess weight. As a former fat kid, I have remnant body issues left over from childhood which leads me to make adoption my personal choice down the road. I also think that adoption is admirable and selfless and I look forward to the day that I can make that dream a reality.


Catherine Zeta-Jones: "I Make Reservations; I Don't Make Dinner"

Just another reason to love Catherine! She explained in the May issue of Allure magazine that she does not care to be any kind of domestic diva! As excerpted from Allure:

Asked if she ever cooks, she looks as if she’s been asked whether she books her own plane tickets. “I make reservations; I don’t make dinner,” she says. (Not even for her children? Yes, but I wouldn’t call that cooking. I reheat.”)

Catherine, 40, also explained their approach to educating their children; Dylan, 9, and Carys, 7. As excerpted from Allure:

Zeta-Jones and Douglas have decided to spend two years in New York, she says, to see how it suits them and the children. “We wanted to educate them, and to have them see the culture – they are culture buffs, and they love it,” she says. Their son is taking an electronics class; their daughter rides a yellow bus to school every morning. In the future, Zeta-Jones says, she’d like the family to live on a boat for a while, so they can take the children around he world and expose them to different cultures.


Jennifer Lopez Didn't Care About Her Flabby Belly After Her Twins Were Born

Jennifer Lopez wasn’t concerned about her post-baby figure…after welcoming Emme and Max (her twins with husband Marc Anthony) in February 2008.

“I remember my flabby belly hanging out right after I gave birth,” Jennifer, 40, shared in the new issue of Us magazine. “I kind of laughed and said to Marc, ‘Look, baby! Isn’t this crazy?’ I just didn’t care.”

Jennifer did admit that she feels differently about that “belly” in hindsight. “I look back at pictures from that time, and I’m like ‘Oh, god, I was fat. I was still heavy eight months out!'”

It was Emme and Max who finally inspired Jennifer to get her famous body back and shed 50 pounds. Jennifer explained, “You get to the point where you’re like, Where am I? What happened to me? I got to get myself together for my kids, you know? They need to know what I really look like.”

Not that everything is exactly as it was before she became a mom. Although she’s “back to the size I was before I had the babies,” Jennifer said that her “rib cage” shifted while carrying her son and daughter. “Before I was always able to fit into sample-size clothes from designers, and now they have to take them out just a bit…It’s no big deal.”

For more of Us magazine’s interview with Jennifer — including her step-by-step meal and fitness plan, her “tough” experience with a Master Cleanse, her biggest red-carpet regret, her secret to a happy marriage and more on the twins — pick up the new Us magazine, on newsstands today!