Sandra Bullock is a huge superstar with movies like Gravity, Bird Box, and Miss Congeniality to her name. However, if there is anything bigger than her career, it is her heart; a heart that is filled up to the brim with kindness even toward those who wronged her in the past. This includes showing kindness to the intruder who entered her house and caused her severe PTSD later on.
Being a celebrity, you get little to no privacy, especially in the day and age of the Internet where all kinds of information is easily accessible. Lack of privacy caused a stalker to enter Sandra Bullock’s home. And while he was later arrested, the experience left the actress with severe PTSD which she had to deal with. However, when the man committed suicide later, Sandra Bullock was shocked.
Sandra Bullock Felt Bad for Her Intruder
Back in 2014, Sandra Bullock was hiding in her closet during a home invasion. Joshua James Corbett, who was 39 years old at the time, jumped the fence and was easily able to get into her Hollywood Hills home. According to the police, Corbett had eight firearms registered to his name at the time and was even stalking the actress for the past few days.
During her appearance on Red Table Talks, Bullock opened up about the incident stating,
“I’m in the closet going, ‘This doesn’t end well.’ It was the one night that Louis wasn’t with me. It was the one night that our nanny goes, ‘Let me just take him to my apartment which is up the street because you’re going to be out late.’”
Louis is Bullock’s son who she adopted in 2010, four years before the incident. She continued, “had he been home, I would’ve run to the closet, which is now my official closet but that was his bedroom, and it would have changed our destiny forever.” Bullock added that she never went back to being the same after the “violation.”
In 2017, Corbett pleaded no contest to one felony count of stalking and one felony count of first-degree probation. He was sentenced to 5 years of probation. A 10-year-long protective order was also issued against him and he had to take treatment for his mental health.
However, after a long stand-off between him and the LAPD, Corbett committed suicide in 2018 at his home. Despite the fact that Corbett was responsible for putting Bullock through the traumatic experience, the actress couldn’t help but feel that the system failed Corbett.
“What’s sad is that the system failed him. There was an altercation with SWAT and he killed himself.”
It couldn’t have been easy for Bullock to get through the night hiding in her closet, thinking about her son. And somehow, she still managed to speak with kindness about the man who caused the trouble.
Sandra Bullock Talks about her PTSD
According to ABC7, Corbett was arrested with a notebook, a Utah concealed firearm permit, and a letter written for Bullock. The notebook had an entry from Corbett about how he was forever going to be thinking about the actress who he called her wife and Louis, who he called their son. He wrote that they were together by the “the law of God” and that she belonged to him and he belonged to her.
This could’ve only added to Bullock’s PTSD, which at first she didn’t realize she was suffering from. She recalled how she would end up unexpectedly sobbing at random moments.
“I would look left out of a car. Not right. I would look left, and I would start sobbing. And I thought to myself, I’m a single parent and this child is going to absorb nothing but fear and trauma and shame from me in the most pivotal times of his life, and I was like, I don’t want to drop that load of baggage onto my beautiful child.”
The Bullet Train actress also stated that she took EMDR therapy to deal with the situation. EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing which is a psychotherapy method. It is about to be a decade since the event took place and we hope Bullock is in a much better state of mind now.
Source: Red Table Talks