Bullock files for divorce, becomes new mom

LOS ANGELES For one of the world's favorite actresses, this has definitely been a year of incredible highs and painful lows.

After 20 plus years in the business, /*Sandra Bullock*/ won the /*Academy Award*/. But that wasn't her greatest joy. Earlier this year, Bullock became the proud mother of Louis Bardo Bullock, a 3½-month-old boy she adopted.

"He's just perfect. I can't even describe him any other way," Bullock told People.com. "It's like he's always been a part of our lives."

The baby is named after jazz great Louis Armstrong, who had touched Bullock with his signature song, "What a Wonderful World," she said in the interview. The child was born in New Orleans, a city where Bullock and /*James*/ had both spent time after Hurricane Katrina.

Bullock brought the baby home in January, but wanted to keep the news quiet until after the madness of awards season. But ten days after the /*Oscars*/ she separated from her husband, /*Jesse James*/.

The news broke Wednesday that the 45-year-old actress filed for divorce, citing "discord and conflict of personalities without any reasonable expectations of reconciliation."

They each spoke with People magazine, with Bullock simply saying she was "sad and scared." James called Bullock "the love of my life, but considering the pain and devastation I have caused her, it would be selfish to not let her go. I ask that you please do not judge Sandy for the things I have done. She has done no wrong...She has been an amazing wife, mother, and best friend, for the over six years we have been together."

Bullock and James met in 2003 and were married two years later. It seemed like an odd pairing - the Hollywood actress often called "America's Sweetheart" marrying the tattooed biker who had been wed twice before, designed custom motorcycles and starred in reality shows such as "Monster Garage" and "Jesse James Is a Dead Man."

It was the first marriage for Bullock, who became the devoted stepmom to James' kids: Sunny, 6; Jesse Jr., 12; and Chandler, 15.

Divorce papers were filed Friday in Austin, Texas, where the Oscar-winning actress has a home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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