Bullock-James Divorce 'Definitely Still On,' But Would a Reunion Kill Sandy's Career?
By Rob Shuter Posted Jun 23rd 2010 03:46PM
Would a Sandra Bullock-Jesse James reunion kill the actress's career? While rumors that the couple will be getting back together should be ignored, according to Sandra's rep, who confirms the divorce is indeed moving forward, we were curious if all of the public support and sympathy Sandra received during the horrible cheating scandal would vanish if she and Jesse became pals again. So, we asked experts and celebrities ... their answers, after the jump!
"Sandra and Jesse are talking," a friend of the actress confirms. "Most of the conversations are focused on the children, but occasionally Jesse makes her laugh and they forget for a second what he did to her. Of course, Sandra misses him. You don't just stop loving someone because they cheated. The divorce is definitely still on, but could I see them getting remarried down the road? It's not impossible."
And although it's the last thing on her mind at the moment, sources tell me that Hollywood power players are nervous about the impact any sort of reunion would have on Sandra's career.
PopEater columnist Jo Piazza explains, "The American public is very careful with their sympathy. They are indulging in Sandy's scorned woman narrative, and right now they are squarely on her side. But if she flips this script and returns to what we know is a bad marriage, all of that goodwill and love will go out the window faster than you can say Nazi sympathizer."
"It will also harm her within the industry, as pairing with Jesse makes her extremely vulnerable and volatile, and no director or studio wants that kind of liability behind one of their actresses," she adds. "Jesse will only serve to destabilize her career."
Piazza is not alone in her thinking. Publicist-to-the-stars Kelly Brady of Brandsway Creative agrees.
"Right now, everyone is on Sandra Bullock's side. She is America's sweetheart and they are rooting for her to move on with her life and to stay strong," she says. "If Sandra got back with Jesse, I don't think the public would understand. He publicly humiliated her and she will struggle to regain the public's respect if she were to go back to him."
However, not all of the experts agree. Paula Froelich, New York Times best-selling author of 'Mercury in Retrograde,' argues, "If she waits long enough and he's changed, all will be forgiven. A lot of women have taken back their cheating husbands, especially when a baby is involved."
Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com box office division, makes a similar argument, telling me: "I think people would feel as they would if their sister got back together with someone they didn't like. Shocked and angry at first, then a cautious wait-and-see attitude followed by an understanding that it's ultimately her life and her decision."
Ultimately, no one puts it better than our friend, the Diane Sawyer of entertainment news, Lara Spencer. 'The Insider' host tells me, "I don't think it would affect her career. She has solidified her place as an iconic actress and total sweetheart, and if she feels he deserves a second chance, who are we to judge?"
What do you think?
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