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Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce

Melgibson Mel Gibson’s wife, Robyn Gibson, filed for divorce today after 29 years of marriage.

The actor-director, whose credits include "The Passion of the Christ" and "Braveheart," and his wife have seven children, including a 9-year-old. Representatives for Mel and Robyn Gibson did not immediately return requests for comment but issued a joint statement saying they wanted to keep the matter private.

“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 in the statement.

Gibson has had legal and public relations troubles in recent years, including his July 2006 arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, when he made anti-Semitic remarks. Gibson pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count and agreed to attend AA meetings.

-- Victoria Kim

Photo: Mel Gibson's booking photo from July 2006. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


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i do wonder where Mel Gibson goes to attend A.A.

It's a shame they can't get counseling and work it out. 28 years is a long time to just throw away. I've been married the same length of time and fortunately, we don't have problems, but if we ever do, you can bet we'll make every effort to fix them. All our kids are grown, but Mel and Robyn still have a young son at home.

I do wonder "if" Mel Gibson goes to attend A.A.

The mystery to me is why any woman would marry such a sexist loon in the first place.

It’s very sad to hear any marriage has to end, especially one of almost 30 years. So to all those Mel bashers, who have nothing better to do with their time than to judge him and throw stones at him for being the only cause of possible divorce, remember, “Let him who’s without sin, cast the first stone” (which no human is without sin, so no one should do). Also, “Judge not, that ye not be judged”. As for the unverified story that Mel and Robyn Gibson are really getting divorced, it hasn’t happened yet, so who knows if they will be able to patch things up. What’s really sad, though, is in our society of too many divorces, when anyone would be so thoughtless to applaud a divorce for whatever reasons, just to criticize Mel. Also, for whatever wrongs Mel may have done, he’s not God, nor ever claimed to be, and furthermore has over apologized for any mistakes he’s made. Hasn’t everyone heard of forgive and forget? Secondly, it should be remembered all the good things Mel has done for the world, like (1) helping so many to regain and strengthen their faith; (2) all the donations he’s made to hospitals who provide medical services for the poor in third world countries; (3) various huge donations for catastrophes relief, like Mexico’s earthquake, etc.; (4) financial support of Christian churches; (5) the Braveheart film which helped bring Scotland their independence; and (6) the selfless sacrifice he’s made of his life entertaining the whole world. As for his personal life, let’s face it, Mel Gibson probably could have most any woman out there, but yet, he stayed married for almost 30 years AND to the only woman he’s ever married. How many people can brag about that? Not a whole lot these days, especially in Hollywood. Instead of cheering Robyn for divorcing Mel, blaming him alone for their differences, we should all be supportive of the couple, and hope perhaps that they get marriage counseling to evade a separation they both might regret later. Maybe we should pray God does a miracle for them, like Mel has done for many throughout the world with The Passion Of The Christ film and other humanitarian deeds. Unlike some hateful bloggers who are ashamed, and for good reason, to reply with their real name, I proudly sign my name, Brenda Terzian, international book author, screenwriter, songwriter. And to you Mister Gibson, I’ll always respect you for the good you’ve done. I pray God gives you the strength to overcome all hard times, that you will continue your humane endeavors, and that God blesses you, now and forever. --- Brenda Terzian

I doubt that the bigotry is the root of this divorce. More likely the legendary bouts with drunkenness and Gibson's infidelity over the years.

Why did the writer of this piece see fit to have to post Gibson's mugshot from his arrest and mention the flap about his arrest? Is his entire life and work negated by this one unfortunate incident? Why the negative slant, Ms. Kim?

I agree with you Brenda. I also admire Mel Gibson for his work and his dedication to his family and his faith. This is a private matter for the Gibsons. A 28 year investment in each other is certainly a sign of strength, deep love and belief in each other. Anything worth having will be tested by life and our own failings. Their love and commitment is being tested. I hope they can take time alone to remember who they are and how much they loved each other for the most of those 28 years. Life keeps us so busy that we fail to take care of the one we love the most. Mel knows what he needs to do to fix his marriage. He needs to seek marriage help with someone who will not be charmed by him and will be truthful with him. He needs to show strength of character by changing what he needs to change in his life. Mel has a wise and wonderful wife that has blessed his life with seven children. All blessings come from God. I hope he considers the source of his blessings and acts in a way that shows respect for the blessings he has received and the promise he made before God 28 years ago.


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