Mel Gibson’s wife gets revenge with $50 million spending spree

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Robyn Gibson, long-suffering wife of Mel Gibson, reportedly spent $50 million more than she was supposed to on the family’s new Catholic Church when news of her husband’s infidelity hit the tabloids again. After new photos of Mel and his mistress frolicking by the ocean in Costa Rica made the rounds, Robyn decided to take a new, passive aggressive approach to her husband’s cheating.

Scandal-scarred Mel Gibson is paying a high price for humiliating his wife with his womanizing – in fact, sources say he’s paying more than $50 million!

That’s how much Robyn Gibson has spent after silently suffering through Mel’s liaisons with other women and other betrayals. With Mel refusing to consider divorce, Robyn has enraged him by spending his fortune.

In his latest indiscretion, Mel was caught kissing a beautiful bikini-clad young woman on a beach in Costa Rica. Shocking photographs showed the star cuddling with the shapely brunette and frolicking in the surf with her.

But sources close to Mel’s wife say that she has found a way to get revenge.

Robyn has been overseeing the building budget for Holy Family Chapel. While Mel wasn’t paying attention, she spent close to $60 million, say sources who reveal the original budget was $10 million.

“Holy Family was long seen as Mel’s redemption for his alcoholism and cheating,” confided an insider. “Mel thought that sinking a fortune into his church would show how sincere he is about leading a religious life.”

But he never dreamed Robyn would allow the cost to get so astronomical, said the insider.

The “Braveheart” star, 52, entrusted Robyn – who handles the family’s finances, since he’s often off filming – with the business aspects of building the chapel near their home in Malibu, Calif., and that’s when the trouble started, said the source.

“Mel’s original budget was $10 million. But Robyn’s spent close to $60 million, and the church isn’t even finished!” said the source.

Robyn’s unhappiness over Oscar-winning Mel’s DUI arrest in 2006, his string of extramarital hijinks, and their sons Edward’s and Christian’s rehab stints in 2007 have played a huge role in her overspending, claims the insider.

“Robyn’s been so distracted that she skipped meetings with the contractors. That caused delays in construction and meanwhile, the workers were still getting paid.

“Logical or not, Robyn is letting that church go way over budget as her way of making Mel pay.”

[From The National Enquirer print version, April 6, 2009]

This story sounds a little weird to me. I was under the impression that this church was Mel’s big vanity project – previous reports claim that he was very involved in the construction of it. But perhaps the new movie he’s working on, along with his young mistress, have taken precedence lately. You’d think that if Robyn Gibson really is fed up with her husband, she wouldn’t be investing extra money into his vanity project- she’d be storing it away somewhere for herself, in the event that they do split up. Whether this story is true or not, it can’t be easy for Robyn. She and Mel have been married for 28 years through many ups and downs. For him to be so casually about this relationship with another woman has to hurt.

Here’s Robyn Gibson with one of their kids in 2000. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .

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  1. czarina says:

    The point of a Church is for worshipping within a community. I think building a “privte church” is not only vain but absolutely against the entire purpose of what it is meant for.
    Yes, I know, they are calling it a ‘chapel’…but, honestly, if you are going to spend millions of dollars on a building, couldn’t you find a greater purpose for it? Either a Church for the WHOLE community (if you are determined to build a religious building), or a park for children or contribute to a community centre.
    All the Gibsons sound as if they are very out of touch with the moral and spiritual realities of their religion.

  2. Ocean says:

    wHAT AN ASSHOLE! And he will deny it til the end even after those pictures were taken. So unreal!
    The worse aprt is that its him who refuse to divorce and he said to those girls that its his wife who is opposed to it.He also pretend that he cant do so for the kids sake.. well, his kids were at the ranch in Guanacaste while h ewas there with that girl, and so was Edward seen with her as well.
    So whats the story? She does both the father and the son?
    She might not have done the Holly Spirit yet, but that couldnt be long.
    When she got prove that he is cheating on her, why cant she force him into divorce?
    That man is sick.
    He is datting that girl since sommer 2007!
    They were pictured together in Panama in sommer 2007, and he has been 6 times in Panam since, and she has been to boston several weeks,a nd they were also together in Mexico to shoot that video in january, meanign they spend the whole time together form sept oct, then nov, and december to january and then in march in vacation together again.
    He spend more time with her than he does with his kids or his wife.
    And he take a low cast who go after his money, instead of his wife!
    What a pathetic guy.
    f she is really russian, he is indeed into deep deep shit. Cause she wont let him and his wallet go like that. Russian chicks follow th emoney more than others, but even with that she never look specialy happy to be with Mel Gibson, nor on the Boston set nor on the beach.
    Looks weird too that no journalist has been able to confirm the identity of that gril since the time!
    Its been 1½ year now that he has been dating her on and off. And most on than off for the past 5-6 months.
    So, what are you waiting for guys?

  3. XX says:

    What is her motivation to spend that kind of money behind his back on a Church? Can she live there? Is it a resort of compound or something? I dont get if. If she wants revenge, take the $50 mill and get a house on the French Riviera or something (with hot pool boy of course)

  4. AlaskaJoey says:

    Seriously! I would have taken that $50 Million and bought some awfully nice things for myself.

    So divorce is not an option, but cheating on your wife is okay, Mel? Yeah, I’m sure God has cheating clauses for rich men.

    What are the chances they have a signed pre-nup, given when they got married? How exactly could he stop her from divorcing him?

  5. Tia says:

    one more reason to confirm really religious freaks are so creepy. It makes me so sad it takes away from what religion and God are all about. CNN stated less and less people are religious.. it is the creepiness associated with it.. SHAMEFUL !!

  6. kiki says:

    they will NOT get a divorce

    they are catholics who dont see this as option they will bear the cheating as a cross to bear
    and building a Church = no tax
    they are not stupid

  7. the original kate says:

    she should just buy herself a house somewhere pleasant and live her own life, divorced or not.

  8. Judy says:

    Gibson is no religious freak..he is just a showman, that is it. He has broken every commandment that is out there and he still wants people to think he is a good think him having al those kids is just an extension on his small dick.
    He has treatd his wife and kids like dogs, cheated lied ,is a racist and he is a religious freak??? Nope he is an ahole.

  9. Frenchie says:

    How many times do I have to say this again ?
    Catholics can divorce, everyone is allowed a mistake. But they cannot remarry if the wedding cannot be nullated.
    For such fervent catholics, they should have this straight.

  10. sarcra says:

    While divorce is looked down on in the Catholic church, isn’t adultery considered a mortal sin? It seems either way he’s doing something wrong.

  11. lola says:

    28 year marriage = permanent alimony and half the marital assets.

    It is cheaper to let her spend 60 million to make a tax deduction happen.

  12. Wow says:

    This is more the norm than anything. Open marriages. Money over morals, you name it.

    The spouse cheats, turn a blind eye and spend money.

    Our society,ladies and gentlemen. Very sad and disappointing. I’m starting not to believe in marriage. I don’t think its legitimately possible for two honest people to take those vows and see them through. By this I mean, sure there may be some honest people still eft who would mean them, but they usually never marry another person like themselves. It seems they end up with their other half being of the cheating kind. Like Mel Gibson.

    Maybe Clooney is on to something in his stance on this. Don’t marry, just date and then move on.

  13. annie says:

    yes adultery is a mortal sin so I HOPE HE IS NOT recieving communion because that’s the ultimate sacrilige. I read on another blog that mel had a girl toy on set of apocolypto and it was common lnowledge to everyone including robin, maybe it was the same girl, but the i also read he was carrying on with his pr gal for apocolypto as well. all his sons will be adulterers as well, so mel has a lot to account for. We’re all sinners, we just have to pray for him and his wife.

  14. susan says:

    Sounds a little like Mel’s trying to replicate the Scrovegni Chapel. BTW, for its controversial origins, it’s one of the most sublime buildings I’ve ever seen. I doubt that Mel’s millions will rival it though.

  15. Bobby the K says:


    Just because someone says their religious (which is a lot different than being spiritual) doesn’t make them religious.

    Do people still think G. Bush and Cheney etc. are religious people just because they said they were?

    Mel has bought into the Catholic guilt/penance thing hook line and sinker.
    His stupid but popular movie ‘Teh Passion of Christ’ or whatever it was showed this in spades.

  16. Dorothy says:

    he looks like shit for 52! Just because he does not want a divorce does not mean she can’t get one anyway!!! She should go the way of Harrison ford’s ex wife and laugh all the way to the bank!

  17. Blah Girls says:

    This family CLEARLY has some major issues.

  18. annie says:

    ocean, who did mel tell that his wife won’t divorce him? anyway he has’nt ever been faithful to robyn, who was 4 mos. pregnant with hannah when they married.I don’t know how some women live like that

  19. Krusticle says:

    People, come on. Robyn is an active participant in this so-called marriage. After 28 years of his infidelity, they have obviously come to an agreement or understanding. She doesn’t divorce him because she doesn’t want to. End of story. No need to feel sorry for her, or even to revile him. They have made their peace, I think.

  20. gavin says:

    It’s Called TAX DIVERSION: Plain and simple. This is how the woman can get some of that money for herself. It is not too hard in contracting to inflate building costs etc… She is just getting her piece of the piece and able to avoid taxes in process. The Gibsons are very smart and have great financial advisor who has been with them for years. Why do you think powerful celebrities are associated with cult like religions? It is not because they are crazy, they just act like it and laugh their way to the bank! Hell, its because it is a tax shelter and a way of laundering funds to themselves legally avoiding a greta deal of taxes in the process. Hmmm Madonna and Kaballah, and Tom Cruise and Scientology. Major tax savings and way to filter money back to themselves.

  21. Mairead says:

    Jesus (no pun intended) this story upsets me – $50 million dollars would pay for an awful lot of repairs of historic churches in the major US cities. We only have a portion of that budget for ALL grant aid for protected buildings in my country.

    What on earth could they be spending $60 million on – floor to ceiling lapis lazuli tiles? Even at 10 million it would still look like a gaudy Gold-Taps-Brigade chapel.

    The pair of lousers deserve are well met. God love the children and mistresses say I :evil:

  22. OXA says:

    TheCatholic Church and Mel Gibson have something in common, they are DICTATORS.

  23. Feebee says:

    Oh Robin, you’ve done it all wrong! The church would still look good with only $30M spent on it. What a waste of $20M…. a few nice gems, a flattering outfit or two… what about a monthly facial or nice pair of shoes hmmm?

    Please see story of NY divorce… woman claiming $53K a week in expenses (He BTW lists $200K a week in expenses). Look and learn love.

  24. Trillion says:

    Haven’t these people read the New Testament? Do they think Jesus would want them to spend this obscene amount of $ on a building? That’s the real pisser here. Anyone at this level of materialism is a total phony when it comes to following the teachings of Christ, which are quite emphatically anti-materialist. And yes, that includes all those freaks in the gold plated Vatican and most “religious” people for that matter. What a load of crap.

  25. caro says:

    yes! i don’t care! it’s my answer to this gossip!LOL

  26. Ivana Trump says:

    Don’t get mad. Get everything!

  27. BEEBEEC says:

    God never told these people to do those things. In fact they worship a father {priest, paster, pope} on earth rather than speak to, worship and pray with faith to God directly shows their ignorance and disobedience. It’s called playing church. And God did not forbid divorce. Christ himself said if they cheat on you or harm, breaking the commandments, you may divorce that unrighteous mate. He is a divorcee. He divorced Israel and let the state and people fall for their disrespect and disobedience to God, making their own gods and worshipping something else in their own way and manner.
    Answer: First of all, no matter what view one takes in the issue of divorce it is important to remember the words of the Bible from Malachi 2:16a: “I hate divorce, says the Lord God of Israel.” According to the Bible, God’s plan is that marriage be a lifetime commitment. “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Matthew 19:6). God realizes, though, that since a marriage involves two sinful human beings, divorce is going to occur. In the Old Testament, He laid down some laws in order to protect the rights of divorcees, especially women (Deuteronomy 24:1-4). Jesus pointed out that these laws were given because of the hardness of people’s hearts, not because they were God’s desire (Matthew 19:8).

    The two main verses directly speaking of this “divorce” are Isaiah 50:1 and Jeremiah 3:8. This 3rd chapter in Jeremiah clearly shows that even though Judah was guilty of greater sins, God did NOT put her away, but He did put away the northern kingdom of Israel. Jeremiah 3:8 says, “Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the Harlot also.” God still likened His relationship to Judah as husband and wife, even though Israel was divorced.
    But this is not taught in any Church anymore.

  28. Miss C says:

    BEEBEEC – thank you for posting that, it was a very interesting read :) .

    Mel Gibson has always struck me as being sleezy. I wonder what his relationship with his children will be like when they get older and learn of the wrongs he committed against his wife. This is a sad situation for the children. :(

  29. drm says:

    Nothing like a little religious debate to liven up ones day. Look Mel Gibson is a sleaze bucket and Catholicism has a long history of turning a ‘blind eye’ (historic and contemporary child abuse anyone?) to some pretty heinous behaviour while thinking they can ‘buy’ themselves out of trouble with the God they purport to worship through adherence to tradition and ritual. Not exactly a faith I would like to affiliate myself with, particularly when you read the history of the Church itself (WW II Nazi affiliation/cooperation anyone?).

    The Bible talks about the need to worship God in ‘spirit and in truth’ and I don’t see much of that in Mel’s behaviour, his wife’s capitulation or the Church’s history or teachings. Doesn’t matter how many churches Mel builds or how many incense chargers you swing over the heads of your ever dwindling congregations the sin and the blood guilt of the ages still sticks…

  30. CB Rawks says:

    “With Mel refusing to consider divorce”

    What the hell?! Why doesn’t she demand one? What is she, a hostage?

  31. CB Rawks says:

    Oxa is correct.

    Especially if Catholics are a prisoner in a marriage and need Permission to escape it. What if the guy is bashing you? Are you allowed to run away?

  32. Charley Kane says:

    when even catholics cant hold a marriage together the rest of us may as well give up.

  33. annie says:

    oxa is not correct, catholics may divorce due to adultery, abuse etc.Oh and how about Eugenio zolli, former rabbi of rome converting to the catholic church and changing his name to be the same st pope’s because he had done so much to help the jews, bet you did’nt know about that and a thousand other things. Yes some bichops were teriibly guilty in covering it up, but the truth is this scourge is in EVERY facet is society and in greater numbers, also this was a homosexaul problem as the ages of the young men molested clearly show,NOT pedophelia but then thats not pc to point out. please do your homework

  34. Gracie says:

    THEY ARE NOT CATHOLIC. Sorry for yelling, I just get frustrated with the poor reporting.

    They are a splinter group that is not in communion with Rome – they are not part of the Catholic Church.

    Divorce is an option in the Church, but remarriage isn’t, unless you get an annulment, which determines that the marriage wasn’t truly a sacrament at the time. The process isn’t easy – it’s long, time-consuming and draining. Most people drop the process. Not all annulments are approved. Infidelity in and of itself is not “grounds” for an annulment.

    There’s your religious lesson for the day.

    That said, if she is as devout as we are lead to believe, designing the chapel/church is something beautiful for her.

    In terms of divorce for their splinter group masquerading as Catholics, God only knows what their beliefs are.

  35. Trillion says:

    Reading all this makes me think: I’m just so glad to out of the religious community now. What a relief.

  36. VlogHog says:

    Does this mean there won’t be a Passion of the Christ 2?

  37. Miss C says:

    Annie – I read that as if you were blaming the victims, but maybe I read it wrong. I believe most of the victims were young children, which would be defined as pedophilia. The sexual inclination of the priests seems like a moot point because children and teenagers were hurt by someone masquerading as more in touch with god.

    But I don’t get your arguement that it is in every facet of society. That justifies it happening? The Church holds itself up as being righteous which is why there is still such problem with the Church officials covering it up.

  38. Scottishgirl says:

    Mel and Robyn Gibson obviously have their share of problems. Why don’t we look at a healthy marriage and learn wisdom? I remember a wonderful married couple I used to babysit for. They are still happily married and have 3 grown children now. They are good role models.

  39. BonnieSueBallou says:

    Why would anyone want to be a notch in Mel Gibson’s belt? I’d rather be slowly roasted over an open fire.

  40. anon says:

    Thank you Gracie! I was about to post the same thing.

  41. ThatBKChick says:

    Thank You Gavin…you are the smartest boy on the blog…and 100 Gold Stars for you!!!! You could have never been so much on point with this factoid!!!

  42. Mme X says:

    so odd. Must be that she doesn’t want divorce either, as last time I checked, if one person wants a divorce, the other doesn’t really have much say.

  43. Ocean says:

    ANNIE, I didnt get what you ment in this one “I read on another blog that mel had a girl toy on set of apocolypto and it was common lnowledge to everyone including robin, maybe it was the same girl, but the i also read he was carrying on with his pr gal for apocolypto as well. all his sons will be adulterers as well, so mel has a lot to account for.”
    I red that too about him having osemone on the set of apocalypto and robyn knowing of it..and dint care about it
    I didnt get what you said after “but the i also read he was carrying on with his pr gal for apocolypto as well. all his sons will be adulterers as well”
    it doesnt make much sense, could oyu please rephrase or explain?

  44. annie says:

    Ocean, I read on perez hilton’s blog, I don’t think it’s still on there, that intheri words”getting jiggy” with a woman who was helping him with the pr stuff when he has making apocolypto, at least 2 people made comments about this, he was also all over a brunette in jan. 2007 at cafe del ray, there was an eye witness, read this at perez as well. The other point about Mel’s sons was the fact, if you ask any therapist who specializes in affairs,infidelity etc. more than not if a amles father is a womanizer, he will be too. Oh, ocean, what did you mean about mel telling the other girls his wife won’t divorce him, that mell sure has been busy. And to anser the other question, I don’t think I ever impied that is was EVER the victims fault in these cases involving priests, what I was tryning to say, is this happens in every religous community, but we only hear about the catholics, and from what I read, it;s even worse, also the young men who were the victims were on average 13,14 so after these were not pedophiles but indeed homosexuals. Listen, I’m not excusing it in any case, it’s the worse thing a person can do!

  45. Joolzz says:

    as long as mel goes to confession – its all good (sarcasm)

  46. Irishlass says:

    You can smoke, get drunk, curse, be lewd, vulgar and have sex with young women–that’s some religion.

  47. annie says:

    no that’s not “some religion” that’s Mel’s choice, his free will, have enough integrity irishlass not to blame his actions on a relgion, were all responsible for ourselves and what we do

  48. samus aran says:

    do you really believe this? come on wake up. that´s only gossip. if this is true i start to believe in fairy tales.

  49. Aspen says:

    “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.”

    I read that once, and it makes me smile.

    The church they’re building is likely more than just a church. It’s probably a school, as well. I don’t KNOW any of this, but my parents follow the same sect of Tridentine Catholicism as Mel Gibson and his family do. Most of the churches also have private schools attached whenever possible financially for the parish.

    Again…I don’t KNOW anything about this particular church, but I would imagine she is spending all that money because she thinks it’s a good cause. Killing two birds.

  50. Aspen says:

    I love it when Atheists and non-Christian people attack the religion because someone claiming to follow it is an immoral jackass.

    The religion he follows is actually quite serious. They are very traditional and very straightforward. Mel Gibson’s being a sinner doesn’t mean the entire religion is a wash.

    I don’t follow the Church anymore. I have serious doctrinal differences with Catholicism. True Catholics, however, take great comfort in their faith. Why would anyone want to squish that? I met more honestly faithful and spiritual people in that community than I have met anywhere else. Good, generous, solidly moral people doing what they thought was best every day to the best of their ability.

    Find ACTUAL bad people to slam if you have to rag on someone.

  51. Aspen says:

    ..and by the way, none of those boy-rapers came from the community of Catholics that Mel Gibson belongs to.

    You’re barking up the wrong tree with that argument in this case. I believe there is a special place in Hell for men who hide behind a cleric’s uniform to rape children.

    Mel Gibson’s sect of Catholicism, however, was not guilty of or a conspirator in…any of that.

  52. Bob T says:

    I’d cheat on her to!! shes dog ugly!! what the hell was he drinkin i mean thinkin when he got in bed with that!!

  53. Bob T says:

    Oh! and you church people are the worse of em all

  54. Ophelia says:

    First of all-Aspen- I’m a ‘non-chistian’ and I’m offended by your sweeping generalization. I personally think if your religion hurts no one, and you don’t bloody proselytize, I couldn’t care less what people believe in. I know a lot of people like that. Calling out non-religious people backfires easily, even though I don’t think you meant it in a negative towards everyone way at all.
    Also, it is fracking stupid to assume all Catholic priests are rapists, to all those that have said that. It’s an easy joke and it isn’t fair to the many that don’t.
    And Bob T- Way to make all non religious people look like as*holes with you as a spokesman. And that “dog-ugly” comment…that’s f*cked up on so many levels. Grow up.

  55. Loli says:

    who wants a worn out rag like her anyways

  56. sb says:

    I feel so sorry for Rpbyn Gigson,divorce him get half of the money and get a new life.Mel Gibson is such a jerk,cheats drinks lies,he is no true catholic,I think he is crazy.

  57. Ну, как сказать, понравилось конечно:) Хотя я все равно почти ничего не понял. :)

  58. Zeina Galhoum says:

    28 yrs of marriage its a long term of commitment, and if she tried to scearch only for reasons to forgive him, she will find many,,,,,,,,,,,, and everyone of us have his own mistakes and falls let’s try to forgive spcially the person who shared our lives more than half of it, forgive and he will respect what you did for the rest of your shared life together