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Bullock cancels appearance at London movie premiere

Published:Friday | March 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James. - AP

LOS ANGELES (AP):

Sandra Bullock cancelled her appearance at the London premiere of The Blind Side days after Internet reports alleged she was having trouble in her marriage and that she had left the couple's Southern California home.

Calls and emails to representatives for Bullock and her husband, celebrity motorcycle builder Jesse James, were not immediately answered.

People.com said on Wednesday that Bullock had left the couple's home just days before a report of infidelity by her husband surfaced.

The couple was last seen together publicly at the Oscars. While Bullock didn't specifically thank James in her acceptance speech, they walked hand-in-hand on the red carpet and he attended nume-rous award shows leading up to the Oscars with her.

The 45-year-old actress said in a statement by Warner Bros UK that she cannot attend next Tuesday's premiere for "unforeseen personal reasons". She cancelled her appearance almost two weeks after winning an Oscar for her performance in the movie.

Apology made

Bullock went on to apologise for cancelling her commitment and to thank people for their support of the film, which has made nearly US$253 million domestically.

She and James were married in July 2005.

If Bullock and her husband have parted, it continues a long chain of broken relationships for best actress Academy Award winners.

Just in the past year, Susan Sarandon (winner in 1996) and Kate Winslet (2009) separated from their respective mates. Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Julia Roberts are among the winners from the past decade who within a year of their victories had parted from their then companions.

When Hilary Swank won in 2000 for Boys Don't Cry, observers noted she did not mention her husband, Chad Lowe, in her acceptance speech, leading to rumours the couple was in trouble.

Lowe was thanked first when Swank won again, in 2005, for Million Dollar Baby. But her gratitude may have been another performance: By the end of 2006, they had divorced.