A US celebrity tabloid magazine, known as Star magazine or In Touch Weekly, has faced criticism after it reportedly published a cover story claiming that Sandra Bullock and her long-term partner Bryan Randall had a “messy split” just days after Randall’s death from ALS. The cover, released on Friday, featured separate photos of Bullock and Randall with the headline “Sandra and Bryan: It’s Over.” Many people have condemned the magazine for its insensitive and inaccurate reporting.
Twitter user Paul Lang shared a screenshot of the cover, which sparked widespread backlash. Lang commented on the editors at Star magazine, suggesting that they had been waiting all week to publish this cover. The cover also included additional text about the reasons for the supposed split, including awkward dinner parties and how Bullock told the children.
Lang also shared an excerpt from the digital edition of the magazine, which quoted an anonymous source claiming that Bullock and Randall had been drifting apart for some time. The source also alleged that Randall was resentful of Bullock’s demanding Hollywood career, as it left him often alone with Bullock’s children while she was filming.
Since Randall’s death was announced, tributes have been pouring in for the photographer. Several figures have praised Bullock for being a supportive and caring partner throughout his illness. Bullock’s sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, posted a touching tribute on Instagram, highlighting Bullock’s role as the “best of caretakers” and the team of nurses she assembled to help care for Randall at home.
Octavia Spencer, Bullock’s close friend and co-star, posted on Instagram that Bullock had lost her soulmate, expressing her heartbreak for Bullock and Randall. Bullock and Randall first met in 2015 and were believed to be together until his death. In a 2021 interview on Red Table Talk, Bullock referred to Randall as the love of her life and described their family as the best thing ever.
In addition to her adopted children, Louis and Laila, Bullock and Randall also shared Randall’s daughter from a previous relationship. The Independent has reached out to Bullock’s representative for comment on the magazine’s report.