Jesse: I "Threw Away" Marriage to Sandra Bullock

Entertainment May. 21, 2010 AT 10:15AM

Jesse James opens up for the first time about cheating on Sandra Bullock in an interview with Nightline that will be previewed on Good Morning America next Tuesday.

"I took a pretty amazing life and marriage and threw it away," admits James, 41.

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James discusses his time in rehab and describes what led him to cheat on Bullock, 45, with tattoo model Michelle "Bombshell" McGee.

"I think I'm the most hated man in the world now," he says while laughing.

Later, he chokes up and says, "Let me take a break for a second."

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The new issue of Us Weekly has exclusive photos of Bullock and her 4-month-old adopted baby boy, Louis Bardo.

Baby store owner Jennifer Mazuelos tells Us that Bullock appeared to be "such a natural" while shopping for clothes with her fussy son in Austin, Tex. on May 14: "She was like, 'Oh, he needs to be held. She...was so easygoing and chill."

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After a devastating couple months -- the revelation of husband Jesse James' multiple affairs and a late-April divorce filing -- the Oscar-winner is finally settling into full-time motherhood.

"Sandra is loving it!" a pal tells Us.

Adds another: "Having Louis around is perfect therapy for what she went through with Jesse."

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While Bullock never considered adopting alone prior to her shocking split, her unexpected single parenthood has been "an extraordinary lesson for her," a friend says.

To read about how Jesse James' relationship with Louis is "still evolving," whether Bullock may adopt additional kids, her support system, and Bullock's connection to James' three children, pick up the new Us Weekly, out now!

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