Jesse James Called Sandra Bullock His “Best Lover” While Having Affair

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Nearly a year ago – around the same time tattoo model Michelle McGee claims she had an affair with Jesse James – the 40-year-old biker sat down with Howard Stern and gushed about wife Sandra Bullock.

Asked if Bullock, 45, was the "best lover" of his life, James replied, "Absolutely, hands down," on Howard Stern's SIRIUS XM show on May 20, 2009. (The interview will be replayed multiple times Friday on channel Howard 100.)

James said that when he and Bullock began dating in late 2003, "all of her friends, absolutely, like 100 percent, [were] like, 'No way, we're putting a stop to this. This is no good.'"

But James said despite their different backgrounds, "both of us work. And you know we surprisingly live a normal life."

Asked how they handle their finances, James said that "everything’s totally separate … I pay my bills, she pays hers."

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James later added: "If you love someone as much as I love her, nothing’s an issue in that respect. We just handle our own stuff and … some stuff I pay for, and some stuff she pays for."

Stern grilled him about a prenup, saying it must have been tough to hash one out prior to their 2005 wedding.

But James said "everything about it was totally easy."

He said they are "two people that kind of have perceived success in their fields; we both are strong … I think when it's lopsided, and you're marrying someone that's like a remora [type of fish known for its clinging behavior], then you're going to be sweating all the details…."

For more on James' shocking infidelity – including how Bullock remains "completely sealed off," the cruel way James demeaned his marriage to Bullock while wooing McGee, whether Bullock will take him back and shocking details on James' disturbing Nazi connection – pick up the new Us Weekly today!

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