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    >>> wedding. more on that coming up.

    >>> but let us begin with "people" magazine's explosive new interview with sandra bullock . "today" correspondent natalie morales has all the details.

    >> good morning. in this day and age where everyone seems to know just about everything about celebrities, this is truly remarkable. sandra bullock is telling "people" that just weeks before the high of winning an oscar and the low of her husband's affair, she brought home a baby boy . she's in the final stages of adopting. it is a sandra bullock bombshell. in an exclusive interview with "people" magazine, bullock reveals the new love of her life, her adopted son louis . for bullock it's been a roller coaster of emotions in the last few months.

    >> sandra bullock , "blind side."

    >> reporter: in january she thanked her beaming husband jesse james as she won a golden globe .

    >> there is no surprise that my work got better when i met you because i never knew what it felt like for someone to have my back.

    >> this team is your family, michael . you have to protect them.

    >> reporter: then the oscar for the movie "blind side."

    >> i'm forever indebted for people who are good to me. i'll always be good back.

    >> reporter: but it all came crashing down just days after her oscar win. james , her husband of five years, had been caught cheating with a tattoo artist named michelle mcgee. bullock 's personal life splashed across newspapers and magazines. but now the pain has turned to love for her adopted son. bullock tells "people" she and james began the process four years ago and. january secretly brought their son home from new orleans . bullock says the first time i met louis , it was like the whole outside world got quiet. it was like he'd always been a part of our lives. after her husband's infidelity, bullock says she took louis and moved out of their los angeles home and now plans to adopt as a single parent . she says she plans to file for divorce and says, "i'm sad and i'm scared." "i really don't know how our paths will intersect in the future but the father i have known jesse to be is one that i hope louis can experience one day no matter how jesse and i go on with our lives." as for james ' other children, bullock says she can't imagine life without them and will continue to co-parent.

    >> larry is the managing editor of "people" magazine. what a scoop. she had been out of sight since word first surfaced about her husband's alleged infidelity -- maybe it isn't even alleged anymore. how did this interview come about?

    >> they contacted us. as she says in the story, this is something she wanted to tell people about. she'd leave her home during the award season particularly and as a mom you want to tell people about your child. once she got these other issues resolved and it was clear where her life was going forward, that is to say she was divorcing jesse , she decided it was time to come forward and tell people about it.

    >> why did they keep it secret for so long?

    >> they were notified during award season which is a crazy time. she decided i don't want this kid involved in that kind of thing. it's a madhouse. we're followed by suvs in paparazzi. i have to make these appearances, i don't want him involved in that kind of energy. let's keep it quiet. after the awards season i presume they were planning to tell people about it. they had always planned to keep it kwirt during the award season.

    >> let's talk about the boy, louis . named after louis armstrong . she says the first time she laid her eyes on him "it's a wonderful world " is what she heard.

    >> they were very moved in new orleans after katrina. they decided along the way it wouldn't necessarily be a new orleans child but the idea of bringing another child into the world wasn't what they wanted to do, let's take care of all these kids that are out there. echoed by sonny, jesse 's daughter. they said why don't you think about taking in one of those. she thought it was the thing to do. they spent four years in the process. they were having home interviews, background checks .

    >> they were doing the process just like anybody else.

    >> just like anybody else. she insists it was just like anybody else. in december or january they were contacted that a baby was ready to be put in placement. again, crazy time but she said we have to do this.

    >> then in february she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her. all she thinks about is i'm getting enough clothes for me and this baby and get out of here.

    >> this is bad energy , the vultures are about to descend, i have to keep this baby safe like any mom would do.

    >> where was she this time?

    >> during a network of friends and family. basically in seclusion. but she did visit doctors and things like that. at one point when she was still with jesse they had all this attention on her, they managed to do it. it was quite a network. these people should perhaps be hired by the cia.

    >> very much so. what is her state of mind now? she's made it clear to "people" that she has filed for divorce.

    >> that's right.

    >> she's going to raise this child as a single parent .

    >> i was struck by she is obviously completely consumed by the joy of being a mom. she talks about the baby rolling over and the smell of a baby. she's very mag nam muss about jesse . invest 's cleared worked through some things. she's bittersweet. the door is opened as to what their relationship will be like in the future but she's ready to move on as a single mom . i was struck by there's no rancor, or anger. there's sadness obviously but these are two people who are still trying to work things out.

    >> did she have any idea anything was going on?

    >> she said no. she had absolutely no idea anything was going on. she said i got to keep my kid safe, let's pack some clothes and get out of here.

    >> has jesse james given up any parental rights to the child?

    >> he has indeed.

    >> he says, "i know in my heart that i can be the best father possible to my four children and the best sandy deserves. and i realize this is an incredible mountain to climb but i believe the steps i've taken in the last 30 days are foundation to making this happen." did the reporter from "people" get the sense that she might at some point head toward reconciliation?

    >> he clearly seems to be looking for that and wants that and will do everything he can. she says she's taking it day by day . i think the reader will be the judge as to what happened.

    >> congratulations on this one.

    >> thank you very much.

    >> this issue of "people" hits newsstands on friday and includes this year's "most beautiful" list and someone very close to us here is on that

By The Scoop
updated 4/28/2010 11:03:39 AM ET 2010-04-28T15:03:39

Sandra Bullock revealed to PEOPLE magazine that she and her estranged husband, Jesse James, adopted a baby boy in January and that, in the wake of allegations of James’ infidelity, the Oscar-winning actress has filed for divorce and plans to raise the 3 1/2-month old child as a single mother.

Larry Hackett, managing editor of PEOPLE, told Meredith Vieira Wednesday morning on TODAY that Bullock reached out to the magazine to tell the story of the baby's adoption and to discuss her marriage.

The baby, whose name is Louis (pronounced Lew-ee) Bardo Bullock, was born in New Orleans. Bullock told PEOPLE she chose that name because she heard Louis Armstrong's song “What A Wonderful World” playing in her head when she first saw him.

Bullock said she was blind-sided by the news of James’ infidelity and, while feeling “sad and scared,” is filing for divorce and is finalizing Louis’ adoption as a “single parent.”

Bullock and James reportedly began the adoption process 4 years ago after James' daughter, Sunny, suggested they adopt a baby. The couple found out they had been matched with Louis in January, just as awards season was beginning.

Bullock told PEOPLE she didn't want the baby pulled into “the awards season energy” and after she brought him home she kept virtually all visitors out of her home, including stylists and make-up artists working with her for the awards.

Video: No bitterness between Bullock, James? “I did not want him brought into a world that would not have been too sincere to him as I wanted,” Bullock told PEOPLE. “I wanted to be alone with him as long as I could then we had to tell his story.”

Bullock reached the pinnacle of her profession on March 7, when she won an Academy Award for best actress for her work in “The Blind Side.” James was by her side and even teared up when she went on stage to accept the Oscar.

As for James’ infidelity, Bullock tells People that she had no idea until the day she got the call. Her next step after finding out about the news, was to pack a bag and get herself and Louis out of her house “before the vultures descend.”

“I really don’t know how our paths will intersect in the future, but that father I have known Jesse to be … is one that I hope Louis can experience one day, no matter how Jesse and I go on with our lives.”

Bullock had been involved in parenting James’ three kids from previous marriages, and told People that she couldn’t imagine her life without them, and the plan is for them to co-parent.

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People received a statement from James, in which he seems remorseful and hopeful about reconciliation.  “I know in my heart that I can be the best father possible to my four children and the mate Sandy deserves, and realize that this is an incredible mountain to climb. But I believe the steps I have taken in the last 30 days are the foundation to making this happen.”

Slideshow: Sandra Bullock Michelle “Bombshell” McGee revealed her affair with James in an interview with InTouch Weekly on March 16. She told In Touch, “I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man. He gave me the impression they were separated.”

As McGee's claims went public, Bullock canceled a planned appearance at the London premiere of “The Blind Side,” citing "unforeseen personal reasons."

On March 18, James issued an apology to Bullock and his children. In a statement given to PEOPLE, he said, “There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way.

“This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings In the weeks that followed, another woman, 35-year-old Melissa Smith, told Star magazine that she had an affair with James after they met via MySpace in 2006. On March 26, James checked into a treatment center “to deal with personal issues.”

Bullock remained quiet about her marriage until April 6 when she issued a statement to PEOPLE denying an Internet report there's a sex tape with her and James.

“There is no sex tape,” she said in the statement. “There never has been one and there never will be one.”

There was no sex tape, but a picture of James in Nazi garb came to light. As for that photo, Bullock told PEOPLE the photo was stupid and ignorant and did not reflect the man she married. “Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life,” Bullock told PEOPLE. “And the man I married felt the same way.”

According to Hackett, Bullock was far from bitter in her interview. In fact, she sees the entire experience as perhaps, a positive lesson.

“Maybe I needed this to happen so I could be the best mother to Louis. We wouldn’t know the sweet moments in life unless we had the pain,” she said. “And painfully, I’m going to miss so much.”

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