Jesse James Interview: No Contact with Sandra Bullock
(NEW YORK) -- It was only a year ago that Jesse James seemed like the most hated man in America after an affair not only cost him his marriage to Sandra Bullock, but also the baby the couple had spent years waiting to adopt.
"I think, you know, a marriage ending, all this crazy stuff...that was like a lesson to work on myself and fix what's wrong with me," James told ABC’s Vicki Mabrey in an exclusive network interview. "So I don't transfer it and keep it going, like my parents did."
Now after closing up his motorcycle shop in California, the 42-year-old has started a new life at his home on 15 acres in the countryside near Austin, Texas. While Bullock also has a home in Austin, James said the two of them don't have any contact and he doesn't get to see Louie, the son that Bullock ended up adopting as a single parent.
"I don't want to try to second guess what she thinks or something like that," he said. "I mean, I know why I moved…I moved initially so the kids could keep a relationship and I could kind of keep a relationship with Louie, and then whatever else happened besides that. But I mostly moved to, for me. To get out of California."
James said his daughter Sunny has seen Bullock only a few times, but that there has been "no contact at all for several months."
"You know, the painful stuff, like with Louie," he said. "I could only cry so much about him until I have to, like, suck it up and keep a stiff upper lip, and realize, hey, I have three kids that I do have."
Stalked incessantly by paparazzi at his Long Beach, Calif., home last year, James entered a 30-day stint at the Sierra Tucson treatment center in Arizona where he said he dealt with childhood and anger management issues.
Watch the interview with Jesse James Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America, with more airing later on Nightline at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT.