Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock has confirmed the adoption of a three-year-old girl from Louisiana, named LailaREUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Sandra Bullock has become a mother for a second time after adopting a three-year-old girl. Reports of the new addition to her family first emerged in October but the Minions actress has now confirmed the happy news.

In an interview with People magazine, Bullock, 51, revealed that she now has a daughter named Laila (pronounced Lila), whom she initially fostered, from Louisiana. The Oscar-winning actress, who adopted five-year-old son Louis in 2010, gushed: "When I look at Laila, there's no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here. I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time."

Bullock explains that she began the second adoption process three years ago and credits son Louis for encouraging her to expand their family, telling the magazine: "Louis spearheaded this whole journey." The Gravity star admits that it was not entirely a smooth transition easing Laila into the household but she did her best to make the toddler feel comfortable. Bullock explained: "I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren't going anywhere."

She added: "My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving and understanding. That's a family." Accompanying the magazine interview are pictures of Bullock with Laila and Louis, taken by her reported boyfriend Bryan Randall. Reports previously claimed that Randall, 49, had moved into Bullock's Los Angeles home and was willing to raise the children with the actress.

A source told Radar Online at the time: "Sandra's made it quite clear to Bryan from the start that she's looking for a husband to raise kids with. She had the paperwork ready to adopt another child but really wanted to do it with the right man, and Bryan's been checking every box so far. Everyone knows how terrified she is of giving her heart away again, but Bryan's incredibly supportive, loving and a brilliant father figure. Sandra says he's perfect."