Sandra Bullock is ''insanely private''.

The 'Miss Congeniality' star has spent years ''fighting battles'' with the media about perceptions of her and admits she has been ''distraught'' over the ''lies'' in the past.

She said: ''I've always been insanely private. When I stepped into this, it was still loud. The tabloids were violating. I went, 'How can people write that?' I spent a year and a half, two years, distraught, saying, 'You can't say these lies.' I spent years fighting battles you can't win.

The 51-year-old actress accepts criticism of herself comes from her chosen career but admits she can't stand it when it hurts those closest to her like son Louis.

She shared: ''As loud as it's gotten now, it's the same panic. As much as I profess to being able to shut it out, there are times I can't, like when it's hurtful to people I care about. Me, I get it. But when it hurts other people? Like, you come after my son, I'm gonna go postal. But they do.''

And Sandra also fears for her son, who is of African American descent, because of the persecution the race is facing on a daily basis.

She added to the November issue of Glamour magazine:

''You see how far we've come in civil rights - and where we've gotten back to now. I want my son to be safe. I want my son to be judged for the man he is. We are at a point now where if we don't do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done.

''You look at women's rights; it's turning into a mad, mad world out there. But sometimes it needs to get really loud for people to say, I can't unsee this.' If I could ride in a bubble with him for the rest of his life, I would. But I can't.''