The Faded Love Story of Mel and Robyn Gibson
By PopEater Staff Posted Jul 19th 2010 02:00PM
With rumors that Mel Gibson and his former wife of nearly 30 years, Robyn, may be headed toward reconciliation in the wake of domestic abuse allegations against the 'Braveheart' actor, it's time to examine the relationship between the two.
According to PopEater's Rob Shuter, the pair may be headed back to Australia together to flee the circus that surrounds Gibson. But what happened to them over the course of three decades?
Gibson met Robyn Moore met in the late 1970s in Australia, when Mel was a struggling actor and she was a dental assistant. They both happened to live in the same house in the Australian city of Adelaide.
The pair married in 1980, in a Catholic ceremony in New South Wales. That same year, Robyn gave birth to their oldest child, daughter Hannah.
Robyn and Mel with their son, Tommy, in 2005
They would have 6 more children over the years -- all boys. Twins Edward and Christian were born in 1982, William in 1985, Louis in 1988, Milo in 1990 and Thomas in 1999.
The Gibson also have two grandchildren by Hannah, who married musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd in 2006.
Robyn and Mel on the red carpet in 1997
Over the course of nearly 30 years, their marriage did survive Mel's alcoholism, which took him to rehab several times. He often credited his wife with his recovery. "The real medal goes to my wife, who's a wonderful woman," he told Diane Sawyer in 2004.
Although Mel's traditionalist Catholic beliefs put him at odds with his wife's own religious upbringing, he still had the utmost respect for her. "My wife is a saint. She's a much better person than I am." he said in an interview in 2004.
Even right after his DUI in 2006, a source told PEOPLE that Robyn was still standing by her man. "She's as supportive a wife as you'll see. His marriage is as strong as ever."
But everything wasn't as it seemed. That same year, the pair became estranged and separated. However, the actor's wife didn't file for divorce until 2009. Citing "irreconcilable differences," the documents indicated that they separated on August 26, 2006, just a month after his 2006 arrest.
The couple issued a joint statement concerning their split. "Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so."
Mel and Robyn watch their children's soccer game in 1996.
At stake was Gibson's $900 million, but most believed the divorce would be amicable. "There's a lot of mutual respect and they've worked hard on their marriage and worked hard on their separation," an insider explained to PEOPLE shortly following the breakup.
The "irreconcilable differences" between the two could have had something to do with Gibson's relationship with now ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. In May of 2009, Gibson announced that he and Oksana were expecting their first child together. Their daughter Lucia was born in October of last year.
Meanwhile, in the midst of Grigorieva's allegations against Gibson, Robyn has spoken out.
"Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me before, during or after our marriage. Mel was a wonderful and loving father," she told the court in a statement, in an effort to protect their children together.
"Robyn's tried to stay out of this, but she wanted to make sure there was no speculation of what happened within her family," a source explained.
And since their divorce has yet to be finalized, many speculate that they could be back together in the future.
"Meeting Oksana Grigorieva and leaving his wife was the biggest mistake of Mel's life. Robyn and the seven children they have together are heartbroken to see what has happened to him. Seeing the man they know as a husband and father being portrayed as a monster is very painful and not the man they thought they knew. However, neither is the man who would walk about from them for a younger Russian gold digger," a friend of the actor told Rob Shuter.
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