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Mel Gibson was married to Robyn for 28 years before they divorced in 2009, six months before his girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, gave birth to his eighth child. But that romance flamed out disastrously, as evidenced by the scary tapes scandal. (A sixth recording has now surfaced, with Grigorieva again accusing Gibson of striking her while she held their baby; he replies, "No one will believe you!") However, Robyn has been surprisingly supportive of her ex.
Robyn even filed a court statement last week saying that "Mel never engaged in any physical abuse of any kind toward me" and that her ex is "a wonderful and loving father." Now, some speculate that the Gibsons may actually be headed toward a reconciliation.
"Meeting Oksana Grigorieva and leaving his wife was the biggest mistake of Mel's life," a friend of Gibson told Popeater. "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." Popeater's sources say that Gibson is "begging Robyn to take him back," and that he wants to "return to Australia with his ex-wife and children. Buy a ranch in the outback and live the rest of his life out of the spotlight."
The U.K.'s Daily Mail also reported that the Gibsons are heading down under, citing a source who claims, "Oksana's allegations have united Mel and Robyn and the move is her idea. She is shocked and furious at this woman's lies... Robyn has never seen a violent side to him."
Leave Hollywood for the Aussie outback? Not so fast, says Gibson's camp, telling E! that Mel has no plans to move back to his home continent. And Gibson's spokesman, Alan Nierob, flat out denied the Australia rumor to the N.Y. Daily News: "It's not true."
Whether the couple is actually reuniting or just sticking together in a crisis, all indications are that, for now, Robyn has Mel's back. "She still values her marriage to Mel," a source tells People, "and is sick of the media portraying Mel as a heartless and abusive monster....She is still very protective of him." However, she has yet to talk about the nearly three years that she and Gibson were separated before their official divorce, and we have to wonder: did Gibson ever direct his now-famous volatility at her during their marriage? We'll likely never know. Maybe Robyn is rallying support on Team Gibson purely for the sake of their seven children (and two grandchildren). Or maybe she really does believe he's a good man -- maybe even a good enough man to reconcile with.
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