Divorcing Gibsons Separated in '06

Confirms couple was separated since 2006
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2009 8:32 AM CDT
Actor Mel Gibson and wife Robyn drink coffee after shopping in Malibu, Calif., in this 2002 file photo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Mel Gibson filed a response to his wife’s divorce papers yesterday, People reports, giving their official date of separation as Aug. 26, 2006—less than a month after his infamous Malibu DUI. The Gibsons attended church together four days before Robyn signed the divorce papers, but Mel was alone on Easter Sunday, and was overheard confiding the divorce news to parishioners.

“They’ll do this amicably,” a source says of the couple, both age 53 and married 28 years. “There’s a lot of mutual respect and they’ve worked hard on their marriage and worked hard on their separation. They’ll handle the divorce in the same respectful way.”