Mel Gibson’s wife Robyn has filed for divorce after 28 years of marriage at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. She cited “irreconcilable differences” as to the reason for the divorce.
Just weeks ago tabloids had a field day when Gibson was photographed with Oksana, a Russian woman, during holiday. Mrs. Gibson who had in the past stood beside her husband though thick and thin seems to have finally had enough.
The recent rumors aren’t the first for Oksana and Mel. Last August the pair were photographed leaving his trailer on the set of Edge of Darkness.’ Gibson denied having an affair.
Though it may appear that the couple split over Mel playing the field, the reality is they separated on August 26, 2006. That coincides with the DUI arrest where Gibson made anti-Semitic slurs at the police.
The Daily Mail reports:
The incident definitely took a toll on his marriage,’ an acquaintance of the actor told the Daily Mail last night.
‘Robyn was humiliated by the fallout from that incident, as was his entire family. Mel never thought there was anything inappropriate about his relationships with other women.
‘In his mind, it was perfectly natural to have female friends – even if they were beautiful and often far younger than him. It was something his wife needed to deal with as far as he was concerned.’
Mel Gibson issued a statement on Monday reports WELT Online.
“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 Gibson have seven children together. Their youngest is Thomas, 9. They married in 1980 just after “Mad Max” was released. Under United States law Robyn stand to be awarded half of Gibson’s £640 million fortune. The Gibson’s own a Catholic Church, a private island on Fiji, a ranch in Costa Rica and several properties in Malibu.
Robyn Gibson is seeking joint custody and spousal support along with legal fees. The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement.