Oksana Grigorieva is currently dating Mel Gibson. Her mother, Lyudmila Chernukha, a retired Russian music teacher, denies Oksana broke up the actor’s marriage. Rumors say the couple are expecting a child.
“I can’t say anything,” Chernukha, speaking in Russian from her home in Moscow, “Wait for the official statement from them.”
Oksana started seeing Gibson well after the actor and his wife separated. This happened in 2006. Oksana started playing the piano at the age of three under her mother’s guidance. She is now signed to Gibson’s record label.
“He split up with his wife three years ago, so to suggest that she has broken up their marriage is rubbish,”says her mother. “He was no longer with his wife so he was bound to meet some woman at some point, it just happened to be Oksana.”
Robyn, filed for divorce April 13 citing “irreconcilable differences”. She was his wife for 28 years. A date for the split up was not stated. Gibson says they separated in August 2006, less than a month after his notorious DUI incident.
Gibson, 53, and Grigorieva, 39, confirmed they were dating when they made a surprise red-carpet appearance April 28. This was at the Los Angeles premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Gibson has declined to comment on Grigorieva pregnancy.
Grigorieva has been living with her son Alexander by her former boyfriend, actor Timothy Dalton. She is put up in a Sherman Oaks home owned by a trust linked to Gibson’s production company.
“I talk to her all the time and she really misses Russia, ” says Chernukha, who along with Grigorieva’s father Pytor, often visits their daughter in California. “It’s her homeland.”