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Jesse James breaks silence about infidelities

Jesse James, the estranged husband of actress Sandra Bullock, spoke about his marriage, his kids and the infidelity in an interview with ABC's 'Nightline.'

May 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
His name is Jesse James, but unlike his notorious namesake this Jesse James wants to confess. The estranged husband of movie star Sandra Bullock has spoken exclusively to ABC's 'Nightline.' In his interview with Vicky Mayberry, he blames his cheating ways on childhood abuse and his willingness to self destruct.

"I just told her basically everything, that I had affairs outside of our marriage," James said.

James is responding to the questions so many people have been asking. "Why did he throw away a seemingly perfect marriage, and did Sandra Bullock know any of it was going on?"

"I think she's had her suspicions, you know, in the past, but I lied and lied my way out of it," James said.

It was Michelle "Bombshell" McGee who went public alleging an 11-month affair with James. In all, five women have come forward, but James would not confirm that number.

"It doesn't matter. It could have been a million. Bad is bad no matter what it is," he said.

James says Bullock is the last person he would ever want to hurt but that he knows now, he was trying to sabotage his own life.

"I'm doing it because I've basically never felt good enough," said James.

And he realized after checking himself into rehab that his issues went beyond sex addiction and anger management. He claims as a child, he was abused by his father.

Then he got teary up when thinking about his own daughter.

"Sonny's the age I was when my dad broke my arm," said James.

Doctor Rick Shuman is a psychologist and relationship expert. He says that James shows little remorse in the interview.

"There's some kind of emotional deadness that came across for me," Shuman said. "What's clear is that there was a pattern of lying and deceit, and I'm sure that's what made it impossible for this to be a repairable circumstance."

James said that he still loves and cares about Bullock. Meanwhile, the actress has filed for divorce and she will take custody of the couple's newly adopted baby.


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