Is Mel Gibson the secret biological father of Jodie Foster’s sons?

…. And we’re still talking about Jodie Foster’s appearance at the Golden Globes. Most of Jodie’s lifetime achievement award speech got drowned out by her (bizarre, IMO) “coming out,” but a lot of people also decided to focus on Jodie’s two sons. Her sons Charles and Kit (14 and 12, respectively) were two of her “dates” for Globes, and they were on camera at various times during her speech. Both are gingers! And both are nice-looking young men. I’m including a screenshot, and you can see them at the beginning of this video too:

So, people were talking about her boys and there are new questions being raised about their paternity. I guess people forgot about the issue for years and years? All of a sudden, everyone is like, “Huh, I wonder who their biological father is?” Well, Page Six has a theory. And it comes with a heavy dose of Jacuzzi beejs.

Could Mel Gibson be the biological father of Jodie Foster’s two sons?

That’s what some in Hollywood were wondering as Foster thanked Gibson — “You know, you save me, too” — in her heartfelt speech Sunday, reports The Post’s Los Angeles correspondent, Richard Johnson. Gibson was sitting with Charles, 14, and Kit, 12, at Foster’s table.

Foster has never revealed her handsome sons’ paternity and has reportedly said she won’t tell the boys until they turn 21.

“The kids look like him [Gibson] but blonder,” said one amateur genealogist.

If Gibson, a father of eight, donated his sperm to Foster, it would explain her fierce loyalty to the troubled star while the rest of Hollywood shunned him over his anti-Semitic remarks and abusive treatment of Oksana Grigorieva, the Russian girlfriend who bore his last child, Lucia, 3.

Foster and Gibson became friends in 1994 when they starred together in “Maverick.” The two have remained close and often play poker together. Foster’s elder son was born in 1998.

Foster cast Gibson as the lead in her 2011 movie “The Beaver” and stood by him through a grueling press tour. “He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive,” she recently said. “I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life.”

The other prime paternity possibility is Randy Stone, the openly gay casting-director friend of Foster who died of heart disease in 2007.

Stone’s mother, the Rev. Beverly Bates, recently told Britain’s Daily Mail, “Randy told me that Jodie said she’ll tell the boys who their father is when they’re 21.” Bates believes Stone is their father, although he never confirmed it: “He told me he had to sign documents. It was a secret he took to his grave.”

The boys also have another mom, movie producer Cydney Bernard, whom Foster praised in her speech as “one of the deepest loves of my life.” The two broke up in 2008.

Reps for Gibson and Foster declined to comment.

[From Page Six]

Yeah, to be fair, most of the internet speculation has been focused on this Randy Stone dude, whom Jodie loved and adored and was one of her biggest champions. You can see photos of him and read more about him here – before Randy Stone died, Jodie’s son always called him “Uncle Randy” and he helped look after them throughout the years too. CB thinks Randy Stone is definitely the father, and she thinks Charles and Kit look a lot like him too. While I think Randy is the better bet, I’m not completely sold. I think the older boy, Charles, has a Mel Gibson-ish look to him too. And an alleged Gibson paternity really would explain a lot, wouldn’t it?

Photos courtesy of NBC screencaps, WENN.

 

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  1. brin says:

    Hmmmm…if they have huge screaming meltdowns, he might be.

  2. keats says:

    I would like to be called an ‘amateur genealogist’ from now on.

  3. shewolf says:

    Whoa. Both those boys look like they have the same father and they both look like their mother so its hard to say. But I wouldnt be surprised. The older one seems to have a bit of Mel’s features but not a ton. But they do say boys tend to look more like their mother.

  4. lori says:

    I figured they were Russell Crowe’s and that she had taken him (Russell) to the Oscars as her date in exchange for sperm.

  5. bammer says:

    Don’t the kids deserve to know who their father is prior to turning 21. What arrogance.

    • Merritt says:

      In all fairness the article says “reportedly”.

      Just because it hasn’t been revealed publicly doesn’t mean she hasn’t told the children who he is.

    • V4Real says:

      It’s a possibility they already know. Let’s not forget the male was a sperm donor, not a father. Many women have gone to sperm banks in order to have a child, does that mean that every woman who has used a sperm bank should track down that donor in order for their child to know the identity of the stranger who donated the sperm?

    • Lee says:

      The only arrogance I see is coming from you. Those kids have 2 loving parents, it just so happens that neither of them is male. In my province, if I go through the governmental system with my wife to have kids via a sperm donor, neither us nor the children are legally allowed to know the identity of the donor. Sperm does not a father make.

      I understand the curiosity, but speculating on who the ‘father’ is just seems so tacky to me in this context.

    • Amanda says:

      I agree. Unless the dad is a total nutcase they have a right to know.

    • Jag says:

      Agreed! What if they want a relationship with their father? That’s a lot of time wasted in making them wait until they’re 21.

      • linlin says:

        The word is “If”. If they do want a relationsship, they can ask their mom and tell her that its important for them to know. We don’t even know if its true, but it might as well be that it is her plan to wait till they are 21 but that she would tell sooner if they express the desire to know. It might have been just that she took the precaution to avoid the biological father telling the boys himself by telling him that he wasn’t allowed to do that before they turned 21 so that she could decide herself if and when and how she would tell them before 21. Unless

  6. Winnie says:

    Ha! I totally said that in the comments on the Jodie Foster GG post! Page Six really should have credited me for the idea. ;)

  7. Nicolette says:

    Her older son looks like Mel could be his Dad, but her younger son looks like her friend that passed.

    • daisydoodle says:

      I was saying the same thing to my hubby during her speech, I knew she and Mel remained friends and I speculated about paternity….that said, I think the youngest one looks like the friend, look at the nose and I’m afriad to say that the oldest looks a lot like Mr. Braveheart himself. Talk about being the “father of his country”

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Thats my theory! Mel is the dad of the older one and the younger son looks like the passed away friend, Randy. That would make the Mel stuff make so much sense. Very intriguing.

  8. Word says:

    I hope for their sake he’s not. He’s so gross

  9. Cinnamon says:

    i think its sick she’s open about not telling them who their father is until they are 21 (if thats even true)
    way to dangle an important truth to young men who, regardless of jodie wants, deserve to know about 50% of their historical background/DNA. Its not as if she is not aware. Fathers are not irrelevant or optional no matter what hollywood/pop culture tries to tell us.

    Jodie seems smart though and I’m hoping the boys do know and she is just waiting until they are 21 to tell the world because they would be old enough to handle to limelight if their father was someone famous.

    • raindrop says:

      Keep in mind that the boys have two parents (Jodie and Cydney) and that the mystery man in question is their biological father, not their “missing” parent. Keeping the identity of this man from the boys is not as weird as it sounds, especially if this man is a) already deceased, b) a raving nutcase, or c) either or neither of those things, but has no interest in actively parenting the boys or being in their life as a father. This could be Jodie’s way of protecting them by waiting until they are older and more mature.

    • Masque says:

      Cosign. I usually like Jodie but this really offends me. I can’t begin to imagine what my life would have been like if my mom refused to tell me who my dad was until I was 21 years old.

    • MST says:

      Fathers are not irrelevant or optional no matter what hollywood/pop culture tries to tell us.

      I know its not PC, but I agree.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Oh my god, people. You sound like those type of folks who, when two men or two women marry are all like, “so which one’s the man and which one’s the woman?” That is to say- you sound a bit ignorant on the subject of families with same sex parents. Children need to be raised in healthy loving homes and to have adults who love them. Her kids have two parents. They are both women. Her kids also likely have significant male role models. She is not keeping their FATHER from them. He is a sperm donor. That’s not Hollywood sinning and sending us to hell with their evil ways. It’s a woman who partners and parents with another WOMAN making a choice. Give it a break. If your mother kept your father from you, you very well might have a ton of issues and need therapy, you might not, but if your mother was dating men, it is not at all in any way anything near or remotely close to the same situation.

      • KKT says:

        Same sex parents can create a healthy or unhealthy environment for children, just like hetero couples – it just depends on the people involved. But IMO, nature and nurture are equally involved in how a person grows up. I disagree with anon sperm donors – I think people should, if possible, know who their biological parents are. This doesn’t diminish the importance of the people who raise them.

        I am sure some people would not care who their biological parents were – but I think people should be given the choice to know, or not know. Deliberately withholding the information seems a bit of a power trip. But then, Jodie Foster is a woman who likes Mel Gibson so…. clearly we live on different planets!

      • flan says:

        It’s more important to live in a loving family than to live in a family that in appearance looks comfortably ‘normal’, but where there’s constant tension, conflict or abuse.

        Some parents scar their children for life and their kids would have been better off growing up without them. Even if that makes some people look down on that family because it does not look as common as their own.

  10. Poink says:

    The only thing that’s throwing me off here is the ginger hair – I think the oldest son looks a lot like Gibson, and who knows if Gibson carries the red-head gene. It looks like Randy has a reddish tint to his hair in the DM pic, but other than that, I don’t see much of a resemblance.

  11. Nina W says:

    Both men are dark-haired and dark-browed yet both sons are red-haired? To me their Bio father must be fair for both to be equally fair in hair and skin. Unless Mel or Randy were blondes in their youth I don’t see either as having the right genetic profile. More like Conan O’Brien.

    • Erinn says:

      Not necessarily. My cousin is a gingery blonde. He was a complete redhead as a baby. Both my aunt and uncle have very dark hair. His sister has red brown hair. Our great-grandmother came directly from Scotland, and there is Irish on my paternal grandmother’s side. Things can skip a generation.

    • Malificent says:

      Red hair is a recessive gene. Neither parent has to be a redhead to have a redheaded child. I have friends who both have light brown hair. Their daughter has flaming red hair, and there hasn’t been a redhead on either side of the family since his great-grandfather.

    • LAK says:

      On the one hand, science and genetics tell us that red has to be in a both sets of parents’ line, however remote to produce a ginger BUT i have a friend who is mixed race, black and white who came out ginger!!!!

      There is no way on this earth that her black family has any red in them. They are Dinka Sudanese who can trace the purity of their tribe back to the beginning. No accidental foreign bllod in the mix anywhere. Her white family is scottish. So sometimes, as in her case, nature can push a recessive gene to come forth as it has done with my friend.

  12. marie says:

    I personally don’t see the resemblance, and think that her and Mel are just really good friends. she seems to be a champion of second chances..

  13. N-Bear says:

    I think I see Gibson’s nose in the older boy…

    And how do you tell them when they’re 21 – one turns 21 and you tell him – but he’s not supposed to tell his younger brother? I don’t think that will work out.

  14. andy says:

    Have either one of them ever called a woman “sugar tits”?

  15. Justme says:

    Concerning the ginger hair – Mel Gibson is of Irish ancestry and lots of them have some ginger in their makeup. I know a couple, neither of whom is a redhead but both of whom are of Irish ancestry and they have one son who has the full red hair, freckles, light eyes, fair skin look.

  16. Estella says:

    I remember a rumor that Foster’s friend, Julian Sands, was the donor. I see a bit of Sands in the older son.

  17. fabgrrl says:

    That older kid is only 14? Really? I’ll bet he the one who buys cigarettes for his friends.

  18. Lulu says:

    The older son looks like a Gibson, and the younger looks like Stone. It makes sense. Jodie is so fair that the ginger could be coming from her.

  19. ladybert62 says:

    I am sick of people feeling they MUST tell me what their sexual preferences are – keep it to yourself. Her speech was bizarre.

    I like her as much as I like Him – not at all.

  20. BooBooLaRue says:

    OMG NO!!! But then again why not?

  21. Amanda says:

    Well it would explain a lot, like why she won’t reveal the father’s name. If this is true, how does she live with that kind of shame?

  22. lucy2 says:

    Oh, I hope not. With this whole thing of her so publicly supporting him, I was wondering she explains all his insanity to her boys. How do you explain why you’re still close with someone who has demonstrated such horrible, abusive, bigoted behavior?

  23. Drdeb says:

    I always thought their dad was Russell Crowe. His kids are also ginger and he had an intense friendship with Jodie as well. As for Mel- I cannot fathom such a devoted catholic married man donate sperm for two additional children. Doesn’t make sense.

  24. c'est la vie says:

    I hope so.

    Just for gossip’s sake.

    And why did she thank Mel for saving her at the Golden Globes?
    I don’t think I want to know.

  25. Angie says:

    The issue I have is medical history. I would certainly hope ANY child would be told who their biological parents were, either mother or father, so they know if there is a history of diabetes, heart disease, etc. Yes, they have two loving parents, blah, blah, blah. I don’t care about the “parenting”, it’s just something they need to know.

    • anotherrandom says:

      I get this but at the same time I don’t get this. What does knowing the name of the missing parent have to do with anything? Are we supposed to track them down to get the genetic info? I didn’t know my father except his name and I’m no worse for the wear. I still don’t know any of my paternal medical history. I look at it like adoption I guess. Sometimes you just have a hole.

      • mercy says:

        That’s good to hear. I’ve known people who have had trouble dealing with that hole left. There are situations where it can’t be prevented, but to choose to create that situation for a child is different to me. I think there should be more openness and honesty, and focus on the child’s feelings, where egg or sperm donation are involved. If it’s a planned situation, there is no good reason for secrecy and to not to give the potential feelings of the children created more consideration.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      “I would certainly hope ANY child would be told who their biological parents were, either mother or father, so they know if there is a history of diabetes, heart disease, etc.”

      I’m pretty sure that Jodie, as their mother, would already know this information. Whether she personally knew the man or used a sperm bank, that information would have been provided to her.

  26. mercy says:

    My problem with secrecy is that it implies there is something to be ashamed of. It also seems very controlling and selfish of adults to make this decision for their children. I think it’s a basic right that people who grow up knowing often take for granted. Unless there is a tragedy involved (like a criminal act), there should be no secrets and the children should be the ones to decide if and when they want to know their biology.

    I hope it’s not Mel or a man with other children. Then there would be more secrecy involved.

  27. Happy21 says:

    I didn’t watch the Globes only heard a little about this speech.

    Wow! I love her! She is so eloquent and well spoken. I think I just became an even bigger fan.

    Re: Kids’ daddy. I think that is their business. Her kids seem to have a good life and they seemed prepared for what their mother was talking about so I think whoever it is, it’s cool. Maybe they do know, maybe they don’t.

    If it’s Mel then that’s fine. She obviously sees more in him than most of the people in the world these days. Nothing wrong with that.

  28. Kelly says:

    That would be cool. And would make sense.

  29. LAK says:

    Mel’s official 8 kids, including the one from the mistress are spits of him. No mistaking their parentage. Very,very strong Mel genes.

    These kids look nothing like him. Why would a person with such strong genes suddenly have 2 kids that didn’t look anything like him after producing 8 near copies with other women??

  30. Layale says:

    Funny how things change. Years ago, when I would suggest on forums Mel might be Jodie’s kids’ dad, people bashed me. Hummmm.

  31. Patrice says:

    This wouldn’t surprise me at all; she and Mel are really close friends.

    What I don’t understand (if there’s any truth to this story) is the idea of making her children wait until they’re 21 to find out the truth of their paternity. I can totally understand say, 18 to protect them from any potential emotional/social/familial shakeups while they’re still children (particularly if the father was/is in fact a family friend). But at 18 years of age, they will legally be adults so any potential issues of custody/child support etc. would be long over. It seems like it would be unnecessary to decide, if her boys become very invested in knowing, that they’d have to wait an addt’l 3 years into their adulthood to be told. I don’t get that part…

    Maybe what Jodie really said (again, if any of this is true), is that she plans to wait until Kit is 18 and Charlie is 20. Seems more likely right? In actuality, Jodie’s boys would never be “21″ at the same time and you couldn’t likely tell one son and continue to keep it hidden from the other for another 2 years. P.S. I loved Jodie’s speech! It made me tear up :)

  32. KellyinSeattle says:

    Now I’ve heard it all….

  33. emma says:

    HAHAHA @ “He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive”

    I vote for Randy also, I can see it more. But who knows. It would definitely explain a lot. Maybe Mel is secretly gay too? JOKES!

  34. emma says:

    one more comment: She does love to take to misfits as well, Kristen Stewart, Mel Gibson…

  35. Violet says:

    You know, I never considered Mel as the possible father but now that you mention it, the eldest boy is the spitting image of him except for the coloring.

    The youngest looks like Jodie, so it’s hard to tell who fathered him. That said, they probably do share the same father; it seems to me that Jodie would be consistent in that regard.

  36. Jillar says:

    Who is the biological mother?

  37. Murphy says:

    Lets get some pics of Mel’s older sons out here to compare!

  38. Onyx XV says:

    Well, neither of those boys looks anything like that Randy Stone guy at ALL, so … who knows?

    Her speech was so bizarre. And that haircut is doing nothing for her, either, btw. Makes her look like she has a 5-head.

  39. anne_000 says:

    Maybe it’s one of each? The older one from Gibson, the younger one from Stone?

  40. LeeLoo says:

    Reading the ignorance on this thread is mind blowing…

    1) The only thing ever mentioned was that they would not publicly mention who the father is until both boys were 21. It is very possible that they know.

    2)Even if they don’t know, being the biological father (SPERM DONOR) does not equate being a parent. As an adopted child, I find where this line of discussion is going pretty insulting. These children have two parents, it doesn’t matter if those two parents are male and female or 2 men or 2 women. You basically want to invalidate one of these people’s experience as a parent because they are not the biological father. What is also insulting is this idea children have a right to know who their biological parents are. Personally, I’ve never cared to know. My step-father who adopted me is the only dad I have ever known and ever wanted to know. I am under no obligation to know who my biological family is. My parents are the people who raised me. Because I’m biracial and my mom (whose white) married my dad (also white), it’s like saying my dad’s experience as a father is completely invalidated because he wasn’t the black parent.

    3) I’m sick of all this coming out b.s. from the gossip mags and them going out of their way to out people. It was a well known rumor/fact for YEARS that Jodie Foster was gay. She never chose to acknowledge her sexuality because it was no one’s business. It’s still none of our business. All she chose to do was acknowledge her ex-girlfriend and co-parent. How many acceptance speeches have done the same? I’m glad Jodie chose to honor a person who she shares 2 children with and has handled such a breakup in a mature and civil fashion. Several other celebrities in Hollywood should take note (side eye Halle Berry and Kelly Rutherford). Her sexuality is a non-story. It doesn’t make her less of an inspirational person in Hollywood. She still has more grace and class than more than 90% of the people who work in that town.

    4) There is no way in hell Mel Gibson is the father. Has anyone noticed Jodie and Mel have always looked like they could be brother and sister? I mean seriously, look at photos of the two of them from the 80s. They totally look like they could be related. I’m not saying they are actually related but I think it’s Jodie’s genes that make the kids look like Mel Gibson. Also, I thought her late friend Randy had natural blond hair which may have cause a recessive ginger trigger for her kids.

    Anyways, I’m done. But I think we should be happy these two kids have two parents who love them very much. We should also be happy Jodie and Cydney has chosen to give their children a normal upbringing outside of the spotlight. Those two boys are not like half the hellions in the same age range running around Hollywood. I saw two polite young men at an award show who were happy to support their mom.

    • mercy says:

      1) “Randy told me that Jodie said she’ll tell the boys who their father is when they’re 21.”

      2) Telling children the truth about their biology does not invalidate or diminish their relationships with their parents. If anything, it reinforces the difference between biology and parenting.

      Giving children the right to decide what, if anything, they want to know about their biology, when they want to know it, shows their feelings are respected and they can trust their parents.

      I pretty much agree with you on all other points. It is the NY Post and Daily Mail so not a lot of cred there. It’s none of our business anyway.

    • BeesKnees says:

      THANK YOU!! I see a lot of underlying homophobia in the comments above. If a straight single woman used a sperm donor, do you think people would be saying the same kinds of things?

  41. Mari says:

    I dare say those boys share the same father. But Mel Gibson, being a ‘hard core’ catholic, I doubt he would have willingly accepted donating sperm to a lesbian

  42. #Can'tStandMel says:

    Looks like the kids should be Weesley’s…

  43. Jaxx says:

    I think the father is her deceased long time friend, Randy Stone. If you compare their pics with him you can see they both have his eyes and large forehead.

    It ain’t Mad Mel, for which everyone should be eternally grateful. Enough that he has reproduced as many times as he has.

  44. Lisa B. says:

    I never thought of it but the story makes a lot of sense. Only something as big as that would explain Jodie’s blind loyalty to Mel, despite his hateful personality.
    In my opinion, the boys don’t look like Mel himself but I definitely see some resemblance between Charles and Hutton Gibson: http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e372/tlthe5th/jesuits/huttongibson.jpg

  45. Amy says:

    What is the point of telling the kids who their bio father is when they are 21? I would tell them once they started asking and getting curious. It seems a bit selfish on Jodi’s part to make them wait that long, if they want to know. If they want to pursue a relationship with the father before then, they should be allowed–or at least told why they can’t. Of course, it’s possible Jodi has already told them or explained to them why they can’t contact their bio father until then. It just seems weird to make them wait that long.

  46. mimi says:

    The press really are desperate and so tacky. Anything that makes the most sensational headline. I agree with you Kaiser, it’s most likely that Randy Stone guy.

    Her speech was a moving experience, if a little awkward in the beginning. The woman is beautiful, intelligent, loyal, talented and has een a class act in public her entire life. I like that she said screw what everyone thinks she’s going to speak from the heart. It’s ironic that peoplein her own community who preach tolerance and understanding have been the vicious ones about her speech. Why don’t they leave her alone already and stop being hypocrites.

    That she refuses to throw her friends under the bus like so many stars would do to save their image shows what a great person she is.

  47. Lisa says:

    I doubt it, both children appear to be redheaded

  48. Hmm says:

    So no one has a problem with the fact that she’s depriving her sons of a father until they’re of a certain age? How is that ok?

  49. c'est la vie says:

    The boys have a co-parent.

    And funnyordie has a great take on her speech btw.