The Oscar winner, 51, reveals exclusively to PEOPLE in this week’s issue that she has adopted a daughter, 3½-year-old Laila (pronounced Lila), a little girl from Louisiana who had been in foster care.
“When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” says Bullock, who adopted son Louis, 5, in 2010.
There can also be significant concerns about coupled with specific hurt feelings over the birthmother's choice to "reject" the child" to "give me away" or "not wanting me enough." Such hurtful and vulnerable feelings may be compounded should the child learn that the birthmother later had other children that she chose to raise herself.
Adopted children may also suffer from a loss of access to important medical or genetic birth family histories.
“The luck comes in the fact that Heidi and I have healthy children and we are relatively healthy, too.” When they learned they were expecting their fourth child, Seal admits he was nervous.
“I found myself thinking before Lou was born, ‘We’ve got three kids, how on earth am I going to find any more love to give another kid? Whatever doubts he might have been feeling dissipated quickly, however.
“It doesn’t make [Leni] any more or less my daughter,” he notes.
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And I don’t want that dynamic for my little girl.” Leni’s biological father Flavio Briatore “was a gentleman about the whole thing,” according to Seal, who adds, “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.” Praising the Italian businessman for the way he handled a “really difficult” situation, Seal admits he doubts he could have “been that adult about it” had the roles been reversed.
Life with his family of six — together, Heidi and Seal are also parents to Henry, 4, Johan, 3, and Lou Sulola, 9 weeks — is “not all a bed of roses,” Seal says, but “in the grand scheme of things, it is the perfect life.” The couple consider themselves lucky to a point, but also feel they’ve earned all that they’ve achieved. and visualize something, the luckier you get,” he notes.