Sandra Bullock has adopted a three-year-old girl called Laila – the second child for the Oscar-winning actress – who she says has brought “pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans”.
Bullock has just revealed that Laila (pronounced Lila) has joined the family, a sister for her son Louis, 5, whome she adopted in 2010.
“When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” she tells People.
“I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time. My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That’s a family.”
Bullock’s boyfriend Bryan Randall photographed the exclusive magazine cover, careful to protect Laila’s identity. The actress also announced Louis’ adoption with a People magazine cover.
Laila is from Louisiana and has been in foster care.
The process of expanding her family began three years ago, with son Louis helping to lead the way, the magazine says.
“Louis spearheaded this whole journey,” Bullock says.
Louis and Laila have now formed an inseparable bond, but Bullock says bringing Laila home required patience and plenty of reassurance.
“I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere,” she says.
The actress is using her celebrity status to draw attention to the 415,129 children in foster care in the US.
In March it was revealed Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton adopted a baby girl named Edith, a sister for their sons Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10 and Ignatius, 6.