The pair dated for eight years before he sadly died at the age of 57 after a private three-year battle with ALS in August 2023. During their time together, the Miss Congeniality star and the American photographer had kept much of their relationship out of the spotlight.
“They are best friends and partners,” a source told Closer about the duo in August 2020, adding Sandra was Bryan’s “greatest supporter.” The couple’s romance first began in January 2015 when a friend recommended Bryan shoot photos of Sandra’s son Louis at his birthday party. After completely hitting it off, it wasn’t long before their relationship blossomed into a full-on romance.
The lovebirds enjoyed going out for date nights and also lazy days inside with the Bird Box star’s two kids, Louis and daughter Laila. “Sometimes, they sit back and laugh because they look at their lives and they feel like an old married couple,” another source told Closer in July 2019. “They’re set in their ways and content. The kids are healthy and happy. This is all she’s ever wanted … this is heaven for Sandra.”
Sandra revealed to Extra in December 2021 that when it comes to raising her children, Bryan got to be the good guy to her playing “bad cop most of the time.” She confessed, “I take it on. I let Bry be the treat guy. You know, we all have our place,” adding, “But I’m the one they want to snuggle and sleep with.”
The actress further gushed about what a great parental figure Bryan is during an appearance on Red Table Talk that same month. “He has evolved on a level that is not human. … He’s the example that I would want my children to have. I have a partner who’s very Christian and there are two different ways of looking at things,” she explained, adding, ” I don’t always agree with him, and he doesn’t always agree with me. But he is an example even when I don’t agree with him. … We’re saying it differently, but we mean the exact same thing.”
Sandra was previously married to reality TV star Jesse James, whom she divorced in 2010. Though the Gravity star considered Bryan her life partner, they didn’t feel the need to get married. “I am someone who went through the divorce process. I found the love of my life. We share two beautiful children — three children, his older daughter. It’s the best thing ever,” the Fortis Films founder said during her Red Table Talk appearance. “I don’t want to say, ‘Do it like I do it,’ but I don’t need a paper to be a devoted partner and devoted mother.”
Scroll below to learn some facts you might not have known about Sandra’s late boyfriend, Bryan.
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