Do You Feel Sorry for Jesse James?
Sandra Bullock’s soon-to-be ex-husband gives an honest and open interview on Nightline, which sheds new light on his infidelity.
Teary-eyed and seemingly honest, Jesse James gave a revealing interview last night on Nightline, where he addressed his infidelity with Sandra Bullock, his stint in rehab, and the rumors that he has an obsession with Nazis. It was the most we’ve heard out of “the most hated man in America,” since reports first surfaced that he had cheated on Bullock with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee.
Now, we here at Betty have been the first to condemn Jesse on his mistakes (how do you cheat on America’s Sweetheart with that trash?), and Mean Betty has certainly made it clear what she thinks about the Monster Garage star. But we have to admit, after seeing this interview, we feel sorry for him.
Jesse reveals in the interview that he is a victim of child abuse, something that he struggled to come to terms with while spending 30 days in rehab. He said his father used to beat him, call him names, and at one point, even broke his arm. The tough image the 41-year-old has projected since then has just been a front to hide his haunted past. “Bike builder, ‘Monster Garage’ TV star, all that stuff is a huge smokescreen so that people won’t see that I’m a scared, abused kid, a seven-year-old,” Jesse says.
Jesse claims it was the loss of self-worth due to the abuse that caused him to cheat. “Why would I totally destroy my wife’s life and humiliate her when I knew it was bad?” he says. “I may seem like a monster in peoples’ eyes, but I’m not that kind of person where I will willfully, you know, ‘I’m gonna get her, I’ll show her,’ that’s not what it’s about. It’s about trying to push someone away that I thought was going to leave anyway.”
It’s obvious that Jesse has some deep-rooted problems, some that we didn’t see coming. We’ve all been so quick to peg him as the classic, ego-tripping cheater – the poster boy for all the uncaring men out there who cheat on their wives on a daily basis. However, if what Jesse is saying is really true, if he really does have all of these leftover psychological problems due to an unhappy childhood, then maybe we should cut him some slack. We don’t know the full story, much like most of the scandals that come out of Hollywood.
If Jesse’s tears last night were genuine, then it seems like he has enough personal guilt and remorse to deal with. He admits he’s painfully aware of the damage he’s caused in his life, his children’s lives, and Sandra’s. And for that, we do feel sorry for him. So, maybe we should all just leave him alone. (ABC News)
Tell us: do you feel sorry for Jesse James?