Sandra Bullock: You Don't Have to Give Birth To Have a Family

When she became a stepmother of three through marriage, the saying that families come in all shapes and sizes suddenly became a perfect description of Sandra Bullock‘s life. Now a part of the lives of Chandler, 14, Jesse Jr., 11, and Sunny, 5, the actress is not spending her time dwelling on the past, but rather focusing on the present. Unfortunately, her instant family has not come without its fair share of criticism. “It’s hard to do it your way when you hear everyone else telling you to do it their way,” Sandra tells the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

“You don’t have to give birth to someone to have a family. We’re all family, an extended family.”

The societal pressure has been a constant in Sandra’s life since marrying Jesse James in 2005. Recalling a premiere she attended shortly after tying the knot, Sandra found herself exploding at “this idiot girl” who wanted nothing else but to hear her pregnancy plans. “I had just been talking to a friend who couldn’t conceive, and I saw her pain,” she remembers. When she was interviewed by the tabloid reporter shortly after, Sandra simply lost her cool. “I went off on her. What if I couldn’t have kids? Do you know what that would make me feel like?” she says.

Despite the insensitivity, Sandra is determined to not conform to what is considered the norm: marriage followed by a baby carriage. “I just want people to admit that there’s no one way to live your life,” she explains. That said, the 44-year-old admits even she is unaware of what the future holds!

“Of course, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I could go home today and go, ‘I haven’t started my period.'”

Chandler and Jesse Jr. are Jesse’s children with his ex-wife Karla; Sunny is his daughter with ex-wife Janine Lindemulder.

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

— Anya

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