Is Jesse James fighting for custody of his daughter?

Every time my blog goes nuts with hits I have to assume something big is going on. And in the case of bad boy Jesse James, I gather it is.

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James spend time with Jesse's three children from previous marriages, including 5-year-old Sunny, far right./Photo by Celebrity Baby Blog

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James spend time with Jesse's three children from previous marriages, including 5-year-old Sunny, far right./Photo by Celebrity Baby Blog

Although the American tabloids don’t seem to have picked up on it yet, the “Celebrity Apprentice” breakout star and his wife, Sandra Bullock, are apparently gearing up for a custody battle over Jesse’s almost 6-year-old daughter, Sunny, with Jesse’s ex-wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder. Sandra, 45, and Jesse, 40, have had custody of the girl while Janine, as I reported previously, served six months in prison for tax evasion. Janine, 40, was recently released to a halfway house, and according to reports will be allowed to apply for custody of Sunny after the new year.

As a preemptive strike against such a move, Jesse recently told a California court that “Good cause exists for the court to conduct a review to determine if Sunny will be safe with (Janine). She should be restrained from allowing the child around pornographers, drug addicts, guns and firearms, felons and other unsafe environments.”

Well that’s just common sense. It’s sad when a no-brainer statement like that has to be articulated. Don’t you think a mother should automatically know that?

Jenna Jameson pregnant

Does being a porn star like Jenna Jameson, shown earlier this year shortly before giving birth to twin boys, mean you can't be a good mother?

This report also makes me wonder: Does being a porn actress mean you can’t be a good mother? Look at Jenna Jameson. She’s considered the queen of the industry and just gave birth to twin boys earlier this year.

Or is it Janine’s porno past combined with her prison sentence that makes her not-such-an-ideal mother? I’m sure there’s much more to this story than what’s been reported.

Sandra Bullock: Jesse James is a pleasant surprise

Prior to meeting hunky hubby Jesse James, Sandra Bullock confesses to having a rather unflattering image of him in her mind.

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“I had an image of an obese guy with a handlebar mustache,” she says of the former “Monster Garage” host (and current “Jesse James is a Dead Man” star and “Celebrity Apprentice” alum) in an interview in the July issue of Glamour.

“I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we’re supposed to make,” Sandra tells Glamour. “We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else’s idea of our happiness—what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. Nobody says, ‘Just be happy—go be a cobbler or go live with goats.'”

Sandra, 44, met Jesse when she took her godson to visit his company, West Coast Choppers. The couple will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary in July. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last month, Sandra spoke of how it took her a while to get used to Jesse’s gallant and gentlemanly ways.

Look at the way she looks at him. Is that love or what?

Look at the way she looks at him. Is that love or what?

“I’ve had to learn a hard lesson in that I’m not allowed to open car doors anymore,” Sandra told Harper’s Bazaar. “It was so hard for me to allow someone to take care of me. It’s not because I can’t take care of myself. But Jesse was like, ‘Just let me do this.'”

Jesse, 40, has three children from past relationships: Chandler, 14, Jesse Jr., 11, and Sunny, 5. Sandra and Jesse are currently caring for Sunny because her mother, porn actress Janine Lindemulder, is serving time in jail for tax evasion.

Alas, the rest of the Glamour interview – which serves as promotion for Sandra’s new movie, “The Proposal” – shies away from the topic of Jesse. But you can read the full interview here.

Meanwhile, Jesse’s charm isn’t lost on older women, either. People reports that Sandra’s “Proposal” co-star, Betty White, found him just as charming.

“Every time he came around, it was like flirt-fest,” Sandra says of the rapport between Jesse and Betty.

“Jesse came to see (Sandra) a couple of times (on set),” Betty tells People.” He’s interesting. I don’t think there is a square quarter inch on him that isn’t tattooed. And I love it.”

Betty recalls, “Finally somebody asked Sandra, ‘Do the tattoos ever bother you?’ She said, ‘No, no. At night when I can’t sleep, I just roll over and read him.'”

Betty shares a kinship with Sandra and Jesse: They are all pet lovers, and the couple apparently has two dogs with missing legs.

“They also had three little Chihuahuas, one with three legs and one with two legs,” Betty explains. “Come to find out it was Jesse, Mr. Macho Motorcycle Tattoo Man, who keeps bringing them home. (Sandra) said, ‘Jesse, we cannot have another handicapped dog.’ (He said), ‘Oh, yes we can.’ (He’s) a big softie.”

Jesse James speaks

I heard Jesse James – who most recently starred in “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC – stopped by The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Radio this week.


Jesse’s appearance was to promote his new Spike show, “Jesse James is a Dead Man” (which premieres at 10 p.m. May 31), but he was also apparently thrilled to meet the King of All Media.

“I feel like I’ve finally made it,” he told Howard. “I’ve done ’60 Minutes’ and everything else, but being here…”

Naturally, Howard’s two favorite subjects for the biker were the women in his life, both past and present: ex-wife and porn star Janine Lindemulder and current wife and famous actress Sandra Bullock.

Of his marriage to Janine (who is currently serving time in jail for tax evasion and with whom he has a young daughter, Sunny), Jesse said, “Sometimes things aren’t what they seem… I more got into that relationship for everybody else. So guys like you would think I was cool.”

When Howard asked Jesse if he would recommend marrying a porn star to other guys, Jesse said, “Just buy the DVD.”

As for his relationship with Sandra, Jesse said, “I’ve always been honest with her right from the start. I was like, ‘Hey, I dated a porn star’ and ‘Hey, we’re having a kid.’ At several points, I expected her to turn around and run.”

Jesse explained that the pair met when she brought her godson to tour the set of his show, “Monster Garage.”

“I kind of automatically figured she was a b*tch,” he admitted. “But she’s smart and looks you in the eye when she talks to you… so I contacted her assistant and said, ‘Hey, I wanna ask her out.’ So I asked her out and she said no.”

To those of you who saw Jesse in action on “Celebrity Apprentice” it’s not a surprise that he didn’t give up.

“We kinda emailed back and forth for a couple months… it was the first relationship I’d ever been in that was (preceded) by a courtship.”

Jesse said he didn’t get to kiss Sandra until the second date.

“And she kissed me,” he told Howard. “Caught me off guard, too.”

It was a few months before they finally sealed the deal and slept together. But apparently, it was worth it: “It was awesome,” he confirmed.

Winning the trust of Sandra’s friends was a lot more difficult.

“All her friends. 100 percent,” he said. “They were like, ‘Absolutely no way.'”

Howard asked him if he ever thought about Sandra’s past Hollywood boyfriends (who include Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Gosling) but Jesse laughed it off.

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“None of those dudes can weld,”  he said.

And in an interview with the New York Daily News, Jesse revealed that one of the reasons he wanted to do “Celebrity Apprentice” was to meet – and apologize to – Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton.

It turns out a teenage Jesse stole Scott’s 1985 Porsche Targe from outside the skater’s San Diego apartment. Although Jesse was never caught for the deed, it’s a burden he’s apparently carried around with him.

“I always felt bad about it,” he told the Daily News. “I figured I’d never have a chance to say anything to him.”

Until the night Scott was fired and Jesse followed him out of  Trump Tower.

“He looked at me,” Scott said. “I could tell he was concerned. He said, ‘I never made it right with you.’ Once I knew the whole story, I thought it was kind of funny to learn 20 years later that Jesse James stole my car and stripped it.”

“I was sorry,” Jesse confessed. “It was like a huge monkey off my back.”

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