Conducting her first TV interview since her divorce from husband Jesse James following his affair scandal, Sandra Bullock talked about her seven-month-old adopted son Louis Bardot Bullock. "He's from New Orleans. He's a little Cajun cookie." Bullock told Matt Lauer for "TODAY" show, which is set to air on Tuesday, August 31.
"It was a long process. I did not circumvent. I wanted to do everything exactly the same way everyone else did. And... it was," Bullock shared the adoption process. "He was always mine, you know. It wasn't like I felt like someone was going to take him away. But it was nice to have someone say, 'I think you're a fit parent'."
Bullock, who had "faith" that she would end up with the right child, further told Lauer, "Everything works out the way the universe wants it to work out. We had always said that it didn't matter where the child came from. If they had issues that were medical issues, we didn't care. It's like the child that needed us in the home is the child that's going to be placed."
"And I didn't think it would be a boy," Bullock admitted. "We don't have any boys in our family. Boy, is everyone really happy about that. So, he's like the crown prince. You know, it's nothing but girls in our family... It was just the hierarchy that needed to be broken."
Bullock has adopted Bardot since January but didn't make it public until four months later. For that, the Oscar-winning actress credited her close friends who kept the adoption a secret, saying "It takes good people with integrity. I mean, I read something like, how did someone keep a secret, and it's... you know... human beings exist that have integrity that know how to keep their mouth shut."
"That know the bigger picture, that don't sell out their friends. Those people are all over the place. But again, we don't like to talk about it, because it doesn't sell a magazine," Bullock added. "But I was blessed with the same friends I've had since before things got really special for me and blessed in life."
"And when things get bad, they're still the same friends. And, you know, it... everything passes. It all passes. But they just... you know, they know if they screw up they're not coming on the next vacation. I'm not going to babysit their kids. I will cut them. I will take them down," Bullock joked. "I have friends and family that are filled with massive amounts of integrity. And it shouldn't be an oddity."