He's been the biggest star in the world and one of the most controversial men in America. He's been awarded the Oscar by Hollywood and mocked with an episode of "South Park." Now, the roller-coaster ride of Mel Gibson's life has taken a sad turn, as his wife of 28 years has filed for divorce.
Robyn Gibson filed a petition to end her marriage on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences, as reported by numerous news sources. The couple have seven children, with Mrs. Gibson requesting joint custody of their 10-year-old son, Thomas, the only child under the age of 18.
According to a report from The Associated Press, Gibson's wife is seeking jewelry, earnings and assets she accrued after the couple separated, as well as a share of the money and assets earned by Gibson during their marriage. The actor/filmmaker, 53, began making movies in Australia in the late '70s, before invading Hollywood in the middle of the next decade to star in such hits as "What Women Want" and the "Lethal Weapon" films.
According to a People magazine report, Mel Gibson attended Easter Sunday services at the Roman Catholic Church the "Passion of the Christ" director had built in 2005, with his wife conspicuously absent. After the Mass, he was overheard telling parishioners that Robyn had filed for divorce. The report also claims that the couple have been separated for three years, beginning around the time that Gibson was caught up in a career-threatening controversy following his arrest for a DUI in Malibu, California.
"Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family," the couple said in a statement. "And [we] will continue to do so." In addition to Thomas, the Gibsons have six older children: Milo, 19, Louis, 21, William, 24, twins Edward and Christian, 26, and daughter Hannah, 28.