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Sandra Bullock 'Picking up The Pieces' for Kids After Longtime Partner Bryan Randall's Death: 'She Has to Be Strong'

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Sandra Bullock and Bryan Randall began dating in 2015.

Aug. 24 2023, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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Sandra Bullock is notoriously private about her personal life, but during a 2021 appearance on Red Table Talk, the Oscar winner, 59, opened up about her longtime beau, photographer Bryan Randall. Calling him the "love of my life," she said raising their family together — her two children and his daughter — was "the best thing ever."

Asked why she and Bryan never officially got married, Bullock replied, "I don't need a paper to be a devoted partner... I don't need to be told to be ever-present in the hardest times."

Bullock was true to her words, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

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Bryan died on August 5 after a secret battle with ALS.

On August 5, Bryan, 57, died from ALS, and the world learned Bullock had stood by his side as he battled the devastating nervous system disease behind closed doors.

"Sandra was there at every stage for three years; she knew his death was coming, but that didn't make it easier," said a source. "She's heartbroken and still in shock that Bryan is actually gone. It's a very difficult time. Her world was torn apart, and now she has to be strong and pick up the pieces."

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After her 2010 divorce from Jesse James — who had multiple affairs during their nearly five-year union — Bullock was committed to raising adopted son Louis, now 13, alone.

That all changed in 2015 when she hired Bryan to photograph Louis' birthday party and the two hit it off.

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She's reportedly considering scattering his ashes near their special place in the Bahamas.

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"Sandra truly thought she'd never trust a man again," said the source. "But Bryan gave her purpose. He opened her heart and helped Sandra heal." They were together by the time she adopted Laila, 11, later that year.

Bullock has called Bryan — who was dad to Skylar, 29, from a previous relationship — "the example ... I would want my children to have."

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took a break from acting "to be present and responsible for one thing" — and that was to care for her ill partner.

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And, reportedly at their kids' request, the couple exchanged vows in 2017 at a small, non-legally binding ceremony in the Bahamas — the same place Bullock is allegedly considering scattering her longtime lover's ashes, according to Daily Mail.

"Bryan was a great father figure," the insider shared. "He spoke to Louis and Laila and Skylar about his illness and the inevitable. It was heart-wrenching, but it's not easy because Bryan was such a light in all of their lives."

Now, the family is trying to keep it together.

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Sandra Bullock was seen for the first time since the death of her partner, Bryan Randall, in late October.

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"Louis and Laila, Sandra's sister [Gesine] and close pals are what helps her cope," the source stated. "Sandra will miss Bryan's kind heart, how he patiently talked to the children, his long hugs, his infectious laugh, and his beautiful smile. He was her best friend. Now she'll strive to always keep his memory alive."

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