Yesterday, a post that was thought to be written by Sandra Bullock was widely shared by over half a million people on Facebook. Except now it’s been revealed that the heartfelt story – which resonated with thousands across social media – was a fake.
The post, which was published by fan page Sandra Bullock Online which is not officially affiliated with the actress, suggested that Bullock was tired of being labelled as an ‘Adoptive Mother’.
The 50-year-old adopted her son Louis in 2010. He is now five years old. But that doesn’t make her different to other parents.
The post - which saw thousands of fan share their own heartfelt stories of adoption - included a plea asking others to stop labelling the Oscar winning actress something that she's not. Because, like all adoptive mothers, she's just a mum.
"I’m tired of hearing from everyone that he is not my child, that he is not my blood. That I am a so called 'Adoptive Mother'," Sandra Bullock Online wrote. "I am a Mother. I need no other label or prefix."
"He may not have my eyes, he may not have my smile, he may not have my skin tone, but he has all my heart."
WATCH Bullock speaking about her son on The Ellen Show in June this year. Post continues after the video...
The post explains that a mother is a person who raises, loves and cares for a child - whether they have the same blood as them or not.
"I hold my son in my arms and thank God for bringing him to me. If the standard route for creating a family had worked for me, I wouldn't have met this child. I needed to know him. I needed to be his mother. I know now why all those events happened. Or didn't happen. So I could meet this little boy. He is, in every way, my son."
The post finishes with a parting message for all parents, asking all mums and dads - no matter how their children came to be - to pass a simple message on.
"Share this if you love your children who are very lucky to have you and to have a beautiful home. Lets hope that everybody reads this especially those who consider adoption as a taboo and are against it. It’s perfectly fine to adopt. It is a gift of life. The desire of your heart can give a child a home."
Even though the message wasn't shared by Sandra Bullock herself, we couldn't agree more. Adoptive or not. You are a mother, a father, a parent and you have the most important job in the world; to love and care for your children.
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