Sandra Bullock's husband seeks forgiveness

LOS ANGELES Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:19pm EDT

1 of 4. Actress Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James arrive at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, February 26, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The husband of actress Sandra Bullock apologized on Thursday for causing her "pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension" after recent claims he cheated on her while she was filming her Oscar-winning role in "The Blind Side."

Jesse James, a custom motorcycle manufacturer and reality TV star who married Bullock five years ago, said he took full responsibility for his actions. But he stopped short of admitting to published allegations by a California tattoo model of a five-week affair.

Bullock, 45, who won her first Oscar last week, on Wednesday pulled out of the London premiere of "The Blind Side" citing "unforeseen personal reasons" after U.S. celebrity magazine In Touch Weekly published the model's story.

She joins a long line of actresses to have suffered the so-called "Oscar curse" of seeing their personal relationships unravel shortly after winning the movie industry's top honor.

British actress Kate Winslet, who won the Oscar last year for "The Reader", announced on Monday that she had separated from her film director husband Sam Mendes.

"It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way," James, 40, said in a statement first obtained by People magazine.

"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," he added.

James and Bullock were married in 2005, and he has three children from previous relationships.

Bullock, who has reportedly moved out of their southern California home, paid emotional tributes to James while accepting a slew of awards for her role in "The Blind Side".

The drama about a wealthy mother who befriends a homeless black teen marked a change of style for Bullock, who was previously best-known for romantic comedies like "Miss Congeniality" and "The Proposal."

"It is no surprise that my work got better when I met you, because I never knew before what it felt like for someone to have my back," she told James from the Golden Globe winner's podium in January.

Accepting the Screen Actor's Guild trophy a month later, she said: "You get dressed up in monkey suits, and you sit at a table with people you don't know. I love you so much, and you're really hot!."

Oscar winners Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts also split with their husbands or partners soon after being awarded the coveted gold statuette.

Bonnie Fuller, editor-in-chief of celebrity news website, said it was not so much an Oscar curse as a strong woman curse.

"When women are strong and successful and married or involved with men who maybe feel threatened or insecure, having such public recognition can really destabilize the relationship," Fuller told Reuters.

"A lot of guys cannot handle a strong, successful woman, and the Oscar has to be one of ultimate accolades one can receive."

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Story_Burn wrote:
I love Sandra Bullock. She’ll be fine

Mar 18, 2010 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
michaelmoore wrote:
I happen to like Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse. I think these two are well suited for each other. No one is perfect, and I think this relationship has its own unique set of dynamics that people outside the world of celebrity have very little understanding of. I wish both of them well and a long happy life together !

Mar 18, 2010 1:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Edwyn wrote:
I guess she was the only one who knew that when she hooked up with that white trash she was going to get burned one way or another. James is white trash, got his butt kicked last year at the Sema show in Vagas and went crying to the cops saying he was “jumped” by a “gang” of people, when it was just one guy who he pushed in line at the bar ! I was there I seen it, he is a real pussy !

Mar 18, 2010 3:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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