Mel Gibson’s wife files for divorce

Mel GibsonMel Gibson‘s wife Robyn Moore, 52, has filed for divorce from Mel Gibson, her husband of almost 29 years, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The couple met in Australia and were married in 1980. They have seven children, only one of whom is a minor. In Robyn’s legal papers, she seeks joint physical and legal custody of Thomas, 10, as well as spousal support and attorneys’ fees.  Both Mel and Robyn have released a joint statement asking for privacy: “Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so,” the couple said. Gibson was arrested for drunk driving arrest in 2006, during which he launched into an anti-Semitic tirade. He has battled a severe alcohol addiction for many years and it’s been rumored that he also had multiple affairs over the course of their marriage. Last August, Gibson, a devout Catholic, was seen repeatedly in the company of a young Russian woman named Oksana, who was rumored to be his mistress, on the set of his new movie, Edge of Darkness. When the story went public, she quickly disappeared but showed up on the set again in November. Although sources confirm that Oksana has no role in the film or job on the set, Gibson’s publicist denies the relationship, even though she was recently spotted with Gibson at his Costa Rica vacation home. ~movi_alex

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  1. Stephen • April 13, 2009 @ 4:04 PM

    I guess that she was getting too old for his sh*t.

  2. Nancy • April 13, 2009 @ 6:10 PM

    $900 million and no pre-nup…should be interesting!

  3. Coop • April 13, 2009 @ 7:12 PM

    and in a case like this she does deserve half.

  4. Jo-Anne • April 13, 2009 @ 7:19 PM

    7 children…29 years of marriage…you really think would be enough time to work out any differences…

    how do you put that behind you and start “afresh”?

    I don’t think it’s a matter of who to blame here, it’s obviously not an overnight decision…and rumours are just that, rumours…

  5. GGTGW • April 13, 2009 @ 7:47 PM

    I read that she’s getting half according to California law. Half of $900 million, maybe it was worth putting up with his idiocy for so long. I guess she was hoping for years that he’d smarten up, get off the alcohol and stop screwing around. It’s sad though, that now that she’s 52, she finds herself alone. Hope it was a fun ride while it lasted. Kind of reminds me of Michael Landon – everyone thought he would’ve been the perfect husband, but he found himself a younger woman and dumped his wife (who was the mother of his many kids, I think he had 7 as well) in his 50s, too.

  6. mandee • April 13, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

    wow i couldnt even imagine walking away after 29 years and having to start all over again. but half of everything mel gibson owns is definitely a good way to start!

  7. demigod • April 14, 2009 @ 3:48 AM

    Mandee, having to start WHAT all over again?
    Trust me, after 29 yrs of marriage you’re just comfortably numb. People are not made to endure that. There’s more to life. The passion was gone years ago, she was just waiting (hoping?) for him to stray. Oh poor her..walking away with $450 mil.
    Judging by the majority of comments we sure live in a feminized society..

  8. L1feless • April 14, 2009 @ 7:41 AM

    – 52 with only one child under the age of 16
    – 450 million dollars (in cash and various assets)
    – Public break up and clearly a tolerant lady

    I agree with the last statement of demigod…she is far from hard done by in this arrangement. Not to mention I imagine she’ll move on quickly if she hasn’t already.

  9. Nancy • April 14, 2009 @ 8:08 AM

    She probably would have left him a long time ago if not for the children. I’m guessing she was waiting for their sakes.

  10. Anon • April 14, 2009 @ 9:22 AM

    demigod on April 14, 2009 3:48 AM

    How long do you endure your friendships before you find yourself numb and need to sever your ties? Not everyone has a bitter outlook, or limited use for people. Relationships need to be nurtured and I know many people that have very fulfilling lives with their partners even after 29 yrs of marriage. Not everyone feels that a commitment equates to a waste of years and most prefer not to spend their 50+ alone. Maybe you dont get much from your relationships because you dont put anything into them? Personally Id rather have self-fulfilment, know I have someone there for me at any cost and strong ties with loved ones (be it family or friends) over the cash.

    All mandee was saying is that the 29 yrs of building an emotional life with someone that has just crumbled has to be a pretty hard pill to swallow. And the thought of starting the whole dating process at this point can be, and usually is very intimidating.

  11. demigod • April 14, 2009 @ 1:13 PM

    Anon, I’m not referring so much to the ‘friendship’ aspect, and there’s no reason for not keeping things civil. The intimacy is just never what it was, time and experience does that. Not a bitter outlook, just a realistic one. I’ve always maintained that marriage doesn’t runs it’s course and is limiting. Relationships need to be nurtured? You mean worked at- if you don’t feel it. You can’t get self-fulfilment outside of marriage?
    Anon, you keep living your myopic narrow view of life.
    She hit the power-ball lottery marrying Mel. Oh how dreadful having to start dating again at 52. Get over it.

  12. Mary • April 14, 2009 @ 1:39 PM

    Devout Catholic, Mel Gibson what a laugh. the only thing he seemed to be devout to was his many extramarital affairs. After seven kids and 29 years she deserves half of whatever the jerk has. I wish her well she’s had to put up with a lot, alchoholism is a sickness and if the patient doesn’t want to get well everybody suffers.I bet the last few years have been a rollercoaster ride and she finally said enough.

  13. Jo-Anne • April 14, 2009 @ 2:00 PM

    Wow…he’s not The Pope…and last time I checked he hadn’t been canonized…

    whatever happened to “Let he who has not sinned”…well, you know the rest…

    Heaven forbid we are now sitting in judgement not only of his marriage, but of his religious beliefs as well…

  14. Anon • April 14, 2009 @ 2:05 PM

    demigod on April 14, 2009 1:13 PM

    Did she really hit the power-ball lottery when the price of the ticket was 29 years? Personally, I dont think so There is no question about being fortunate enough to be left financially secure or whether he treated her badly . But I dont think that was the point of my comment to you.

    You definitely can get self-fulfilment outside of marriage, but many people really like the person that they are with and find that same outside fulfilment more fulfilling when shared with a partner. As for the passion, hey like anything else in life, the grass is always greener. Eating steak every night is great, but we all get that craving for the box of kraft dinner once in awhile.

    As for Myopic (then repeated narrow) view on life, Im probably one of the most open-minded people around. If you find marriage to be limiting, guess what; so are kids, a job, a mortgage, laws and every other thing in life. If you fell your being suppressed, you married the wrong person. You said it yourself, You mean worked at- if you dont feel it. I think that would leave me feeling a little bitter about marriage as well.

    My comments to you were in no way hostile, they may have hit a nerve though?

  15. mandee • April 14, 2009 @ 2:15 PM

    anon youre right, thats what i meant. i couldnt imagine living a specific life for 29 years and then all of a sudden being alone with a kid. it has to be hard and heart wrenching, no matter how much money you get from it!

  16. lily • April 14, 2009 @ 4:49 PM

    Totally agree, mandee and anon. And btw how “religious” is someone whose a racist against people from another religion?

  17. Jo-Anne • April 14, 2009 @ 9:31 PM

    you are a laugh and a half, lily, all over me for “picking apart” Nancy’s comment…yet here you are, “picking apart” referring to my “religious” remark, I mean just how transparent are you?? (there’s two…)

    can’t we all just be nice???? (four, count ’em)

    ha ha you’re starting to lose your sugar and spice…real quick

  18. Jo-Anne • April 14, 2009 @ 9:42 PM

    p.s. Anon, just wanted to add, your above current comments, I must say are written extremely well and I feel reflective of a person with more insight than I probably credited you for earlier…

    just wanted to give credit where it’s overdue…

  19. lily • April 14, 2009 @ 10:14 PM

    I stopped being a Mel fan the second he was on the news ranting his antisemetic garbage. Then when he blamed it on being drunk I thought he was not only a racist but a liar. I don’t understand how hating racism makes me not nice but whatever. If despising Mel means i’m not sweet enough for you, Joanne, tough.

  20. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 12:31 AM

    I got your back on this one, lily. Mel’s being a “devout Catholic” and his “anti-Semitic tirade” were brought up in this article, not just the comments…unlike the comment of mine Jo-Anne is referring to on the Candy Spelling article where she CLEARLY chose to do nothing but cause trouble. She sure is p’d that you don’t agree with her, huh? At first, this behaviour from her was hilarious because she was completely doing EVERYTHING that she had previously accused “moi” of, but now, it’s just pathetic. Oh, I also like her “p.s. Anon, just wanted to add, you can jump in and help me anytime now” comment. Classic, truly classic! LMAO!

  21. demigod • April 15, 2009 @ 4:25 AM

    Anon, so now it was 29 yrs. of wedded hell!?! Get some perspective fool! Let’s assume she married him for the right reason. During her marriage she’s been given a fine home, unlimited credit, an extravagant lifestyle, showered with gifts, having children with a man voted sexiest many women do you suppose would be envious of THAT? NOT LUCKY?!?
    Now she wants to clean him out. You know what I call that? An ungrateful b!tch. That goes to all women here who think she deserves more, regardless of what the law says she’s entitled to. You’re just proving that you’re no better. Can’t you for once be the BIGGER person? Maybe shed that reputation? Think not.. Hell hath not enough money for a woman scorned!

    Anon, we all NEED to work to earn a living. You can take on as much as you want -your life.

  22. Jo-Anne • April 15, 2009 @ 7:57 AM

    what is even a bigger laugh and a half is Nancy’s constant (yup, same retort for like a year now…yawn) “annoyance” (jealousy??? – 3, that time) whenever I appreciate other’s comments on here…

    get over it Nancy, you just don’t measure up (in my book) when it comes down to the intelligent comment factor…

    p.s. isn’t the “Nancy Loves Lily Suck-Up” kinda jumping out in an ALARMINGLY similar fashion to what you accuse moi of???
    ha ha you are so predictable….sad….

    further, demigod…I can see where you’re coming from too (oh, my God, wait for Nancy’s Wah! Jo’s at it again Wah! Wah!)…the Mrs. has had a very cozy lifestyle and no doubt will continue to do so long after those doors have swung behind Mr. Mel…

  23. Anon • April 15, 2009 @ 8:12 AM

    Jo-Anne on April 14, 2009 9:42 PM
    Thanks, its about time lol

    demigod on April 15, 2009 4:25 AM


    I believe my words were “There is no question about being fortunate enough to be left financially secure”. There is no question about the extravagant lifestyle she had with Mel. As for the “29 yrs. of wedded hell”, I never implied that anywhere. I said that after investing 29 years building a relationship, the separation/divorce must be a hard pill to swallow. Let me put it to you in a way you might understand or be able to relate to…..You NEED to work for a living. You give the company the best years of your life and devote yourself completely just to realize after 29 yrs, it all amounted to nothing.
    Theyve let you go because they think you are an a$$hole. And lets just say (to equal things out about starting over since she obviously is only starting over personally, not financially) you are too young to retire and have to find other job, but youre 52 and age is a huge barrier to employment. In your case, you would still be the happily married man, remember, Im flipping the situation. Still jackpot?

    You misunderstood what I was trying to say. The experiences youve had and the negative impact and lasting effects theyve had on you are unfortunate. And there is no disrespect or put down intended here. Ive had many negative experiences that have left an effect on me as well. Some continue to be negative, but Im working hard on gaining a perspective on those as well.

    You are bitter and should get a grip. My ex is doing extremely well financially; hes all over the internet, giving interviews on cbc on the latest deal hes working on, but doesnt have a bone in his body willing to pay child support. But guess what, I PICKED HIM. So for the record, I understand how hard it is for a man that spends his life working to support his family and is hit by divorce only to lose everything he has built, but life goes on.

  24. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 9:23 AM

    Hahaha, “Nancy loves Lily Suck-Up”? I don’t think so, Jo-Anne. LMAO! I’d have backed ANYONE on the comment you made, it just so happened to be “lily”. It was in the article so she had every right to bring it up! Like I said, you’re pretty p’d that miss lily did not agree with you and now you sound just as p’d that I caught you trying to get Anon to come running to your defence. As for the “wah wah” comment and your seeing where demigod is coming from, no “wah wah’s” here, those are the 3 most mature lines you’ve written in about a week! You gave your opinion and except for the “wah wah” “Nancy blah, blah, blah” you didn’t slam anyone…good job!

    Back to the article though, no pre-nup, raised 7 kids, put up with Mels crap (stated in the article, of course). Maybe she had an outside-the-home job too, I don’t know but either way, being married to him for that long she obviously loved him and supported him through all of his endeavours, raised their children while he was away for months on end making movies, getting drunk and having affairs. Just because he starred in the movies and made the millions of dollars doesn’t mean that when the marriage ends (and it obviously ended because of him) that she should leave with nothing while he sits on “his” fortune. She was his “other half” for 29 years…and now she is entitled to half. No more, no less. It could also be worse, demigod….she could have filed for sole custody and probably would have the grounds to do so considering the fact he’s always drunk, DUI and spewing racial slurs. She obviously loves her children to have waited and put up with Mel’s behaviour as long as she did and to file joint-custody, and judging by the article above, to be making “together” statements, they are at least still civil to each other it would seem.

  25. Jo-Anne • April 15, 2009 @ 9:35 AM

    Nancy, Nancy, Nancy, busted!!!

    it’s “cute” how you feel the need to believe I care for you and would let your web alliances “P” me off..

    you reminding me again and again how much I really touch your life…

    AWWWW, Easter Bunny got nothing on me…

  26. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 9:52 AM

    I know you’re “P’d”, Jo-Anne. It’s not hard to tell at all just by your comments. Actually, I kinda pity you…but, it’s still funny! 😛

  27. Jo-Anne • April 15, 2009 @ 11:12 AM

    you “pity me” – aww, now I’m really touched you care…thanks…

    p.s. can I officially call you “buddy” now???

  28. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 12:37 PM

    Not yet! And, I said “I KINDA pity you”….but, right now, I’m still too busy laughing.

  29. Jo-Anne • April 15, 2009 @ 12:55 PM

    sorry, couldn’t get back right away…was busy hiring a bodyguard…ha ha ha (this one deserves an extra “ha”…)

  30. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 1:07 PM

    Sure sure…I think your so-called “bodyguard” should tighten the straps on your straight jacket and remove you from the computer room! 😛 LMFAO!

  31. demigod • April 15, 2009 @ 1:13 PM

    Anon, you IMPLIED she wasted 29 yrs of her life (price of the ticket?) That’s a very NARROW point of view. Your arguments have been reduced to triviality.

  32. Anon • April 15, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

    Anon, you IMPLIED she wasted 29 yrs of her life (price of the ticket?)

    I never implied anything; it’s what you chose to see in my comments. My comment was in response to your to the power-ball lottery comment. I dont even think she wasted 29 years; those were your words. She had children and has no doubt had many wonderful years with Mel or she wouldnt have bothered staying as long as she did. I was agreeing with mandee that it is hard to start over again, be it financial, educational or emotional.

    As for the argument, I only pointed out that I disagreed with your views and that that I felt your outlook on marriage / women have been caused by negative experiences. Its not really big deal. There isnt a person on this site that doesnt have some kind of cross to bear in life.. . . . Who knows, maybe he beat her over the years and thats why she left. Oh no wait, he wouldnt do that. Those things are reserved for other cultures Is that what this is really all about?

  33. lily • April 15, 2009 @ 4:31 PM

    Thank you Nancy. I was kinda stunned by Joanne’s super angry response to my “religious” comment. I thought it was pretty obvious I was talking about how OPPOSITE to religious Mel is with his anti-Jewish feelings, not to mention cheating on his mariage vows. When the tribute article described him as a “devout Catholic” it really botherd me so I put the word religious in quotes to show I was questioning that idea itself. I sure don’t have writting skills to brag about, so when Joanne blasted me I thought I wrote it wrong. I got pretty embarassed and defensive. I admit it. Anyway, you got what I meant perfectly so I felt alot better. Thanks again.

  34. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 4:49 PM

    No problem, lily. Jo-Anne got your meaning too, she’s just a b****!!!! (count ’em, Jo…4). She’ll really be out for your blood now though, now that she knows she embarrassed you.

  35. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 4:50 PM

    So, do you think this means she won’t be “spoiling” you anymore? LOL.

  36. lily • April 15, 2009 @ 5:08 PM

    I guess thats why I felt so bad, all the insults comming after we were getting along so well. I know you can’t be freinds with everyone but thats all I ever really want. Holy cow I need to grow up I guess,even though I’m almost 50 LOL!

  37. Anon • April 15, 2009 @ 5:14 PM

    Hey there lily. I am not taking any sides on this discussion This comment is made with the greatest respect to your beliefs, but to be honest, his character is defined by his religious beliefs. Im an atheist and view people like Mel as hard-core fundamentalists, no different than the extremists in the Middle East or the wacko fundys down south. I obviously didnt bother with the masochistic Passion of the Christ, but still enjoy watching him in some of the oldies with Rene Russo, regardless of his beliefs. There are always extremists that hide behind the mask of religion; so one could say that he is an overly devout Catholic.

  38. tributegirl • April 15, 2009 @ 7:55 PM

    As far as his wife having to “start over”, I don’t really see it as “starting over” when a marriage has ended. There was a couple I knew who were married forever (at least it felt like it!), raised 3 kids together, have several grandkids. Over the years she caught him cheating several times, they’d break up, eventually she’d take him back. Last time it happened, she told me that she took him back because she is just too old to “start over”. To me, if it was “starting over”, it would be going back to the point of looking for a mate to spend your life with, have children with, etc, like what they were doing before they ever got married. So the way I see it, she isn’t going back to the beginning, she now is facing a whole new beginning.
    I’m sure she is probably wondering what her future is going to look like now, she had probably pictured it as happily ever after when they got married, and it obviously isn’t that. And I bet it took a lot of nerve and strength for her to finally end it. It is a scary thing to do, but sometimes the things that are the scariest and hardest to do end up being the best move a person makes.
    I think someone said something (before all the fighting) about her getting back into the dating scene, and it being intimidating, etc. Well, the good thing is, she doesn’t HAVE to. She has probably reached an age where she is comfortable with herself, and hopefully doesn’t feel the need to be with someone. If she does find someone, great, I’m just hoping she doesn’t feel that she HAS to. There are a lot of things worse than being single! (reminds me of the time some nasty piece of work said loud enough for my divorced sister to hear “anything is better than being single”, my sister was pretty happy with her life and laughed it off)

  39. lily • April 15, 2009 @ 7:58 PM

    Anon, I totally agree with what your saying. Its like people who make the most noise about how their super religious are actualy the LEAST tolerant and kind to all people. I wish people would worry more about being just plain good and decent insted of joining churches and thinking their better then everyone else.Thats what I ment about Mel…instead of just making movies like the Passion maybe he should of tried harder to be a better human being to show more honor to his faith.
    Thanks anon. You explained your ideas in such a nice way and didn’t make me feel dumb or insulted at all! This is the kind of discusion I love.

  40. Anon • April 15, 2009 @ 8:20 PM

    tributegirl on April 15, 2009 7:55 PM

    I agree with you that being single is far from the worst thing that can happen. I went through a divorce and am alone with two kids, but it was the best decision Ive ever made. And like your sister, am very happy with the life I live. But like you said “It is a scary thing to do, but sometimes the things that are the scariest and hardest to do end up being the best move a person makes.” Being single again is very scary and / or “intimidating”. And Im not talking about just dating; theres friends to consider, lack of companionship (though Im sure he wasnt the best), loss of extended family, a minor to consider and many other things. How should I say this without Demigod jumping all over me lol People get comfortable in relationships or even jobs for that matter that keep them there even though they know theyd be much happier moving on. I’m sure she’s exhausted all her options before she made her decision to move on.

  41. Anon • April 15, 2009 @ 8:30 PM

    lily on April 15, 2009 7:58 PM

    Wow, I’ve been scoring some pretty good points lately… with some of you anyway hahha

    Anything taken to the extreme is counter-productive to any cause; it closes your mind and stunts your growth. And no offence to anyone here, but religion seems to be the downfall of man. It just separates from other human beings.

  42. demigod • April 16, 2009 @ 3:44 AM

    Yes Anon, she is the luckiest b!tch on earth!!! She could not have done better.
    You should see it the way TG does, as a new start,or moving on, not ‘starting over’.
    Btw, don’t jump to any conclusions about me having ‘negative experiences’ with women or marriages. That’s not the case. I’ve never been married, it’s not for me. But I’m a good observer, and divorce rates speak volumes. People make vows/promises they can’t keep.

  43. Anon • April 16, 2009 @ 7:45 AM

    demigod on April 16, 2009 3:44 AM

    Agree with TRYING to maintain a positive outlook; I guess I dont take divorce as lightly as some. As for your comment about being the luckiest b!tch on earth!!! . . . sorry, but that kind of re-enforces my original opinion. There is no question that she did well financially and probably didnt earn a penny of it. And while you have never been married, I can tell you from experience (not only my own) that people do leave a marriage with a sense of failure, no matter how hard theyve tried or how long theyve stayed. But to each his own and if youre happy, thats all that really matters.

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