Braveheart star Mel Gibson is officially single – a judge signed off on his divorce from estranged wife Robyn on Friday, according to various reports.
The couple, who married in Australia in 1980 and have seven children together, separated in 2006 after Gibson’s infamous DUI arrest in Malibu, California, during which he allegedly made anti-semitic remarks that generated headlines around the world.
In April 2009, Robyn Gibson — who is now using her maiden name, Robyn Moore –filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The filing came a month after the media released photos of Gibson apparently hugging Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he bore a child in October of that year.
According to the divorce papers, Moore sought joint physical and legal custody over their son Thomas, as well as spousal support and attorney’s fees. Thomas, now 12 years old, is the only minor among Gibson and Moore’s seven children.
“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 a joint statement.
While no details of the Gibson divorce settlement were released, the actor was previously estimated to be worth $850 million, and he owns several properties in the wealthy, seaside enclave of Malibu, outside Los Angeles.
With that being said, and because the couple didn’t have a prenuptial agreement, Robyn, 55, will walk away with half of Mel’s fortune in addition to half of every future check Gibson receives for the remainder of his life.
Despite the fact that Mel and Robyn’s divorce may go down as one of the most expensive settlements in Hollywood history, Gibson’s parting with Grigorieva has made more headlines.
They filed for restraining orders against one another in 2010, and a domestic-violence investigation was launched by Los Angeles police in July of that year.
In August of this year — following a bitter custody battle over their daughter, Lucia — Gibson agreed to pay Grigorieva $750,000.
With the news that Mel Gibson’s divorce is finally official, we figured the following clip would most appropriately sum up the entire ordeal: