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Jesse James Downplays Pain of Infidelity

More than seven years ago, the five-year-long marriage between Jesse James and Sandra Bullock ended and it was catastrophic. The owner of West Coast Choppers admitted to cheating on his wife after several women came forward to share their stories.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, the 47-year-old said: “Yeah, I did cheat on my wife. Yeah, I stood up and took accountability for it and apologized. And that’s end of story. Everything else was just…The easy [potshot] is like, ‘Oh, well you cheated on Sandra Bullock.’ That’s the world’s easiest comeback.”

Then he dropped this comment: “In general, both women and men cheat. It’s part of life.”

Wow. That’s quite a statement.

It completely dismisses how terrible it must have been for Bullock to experience that embarrassment and pain on such a public level. Plus, he wasn’t just cheating with one woman but multiple women. That it NOT a part of life for everyone. There just seems to be a lack of genuine remorse on his part.

Of course, he doesn’t miss the opportunity to describe how he suffered through the ordeal. He explained: “It’s like people love to see you fall. And the farther you get, the higher you get, the more they love it. I look at myself now and I look at how I was feeling then, and I think I was completely overreacting as far as letting it really get to me. I think it was having 50 or 60 or paparazzi outside my house for five or six months. That was not a good feeling.”

Can’t we say that dealing with paparazzi is “part of life” for celebrities? Deal with it, right?

Well, it sounds like James has his own way of handling tough situations and, well, his style of conflict resolution would not have gone over well with the paparazzi. The former Monster Garage host explained: “I’m a fighter, man; I come from the tradition of if you do something I don’t like, I’m going to punch you. There’s no lawsuits—nothing. We’re just going to fight it out. It’s hard for me to bite my cheeks and not say anything and just look down.”

Cheating is a “part of life” and “if you do something I don’t like, I’m going to punch you.” Doesn’t sound like the healthiest viewpoints to have in life!

Jesse James Downplays Pain of Infidelity

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2017). Jesse James Downplays Pain of Infidelity. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from


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