Mel Gibson has found box office success the past couple of years, directing the well-received Hacksaw Ridge and starring in the hilarious sequel Daddy’s Home 2 where he plays the cool father of Mark Wahlberg. But another aspect of the actor’s life people can’t seem to get enough of is his new look. That, or the fact that he’s on child #9.
Mel Gibson and his young girlfriend, 27-year-old Rosalind Ross, recently stepped out in Malibu where the two of them were caught by paparazzi grocery shopping. However, fans hardly recognized the 62-year-old actor, who was sporting a baseball cap, casual wear, and a full beard. Although Gibson has been sporting the beard in recent public appearances, fans were still thrown off by the actor’s appearance.
The scruffy white beard and serious tan are becoming somewhat of a signature look for the actor, but it’s still a shocker for fans who aren’t used to the new look. Many were surprised when pictures surfaced of Gibson pushing a full cart of groceries outside a local supermarket. The cart was so full that many joked the actor, especially with the beard, looked like he was preparing for the apocalypse. Gibson’s girlfriend matched the actor’s casual wear, sporting a plaid button-up shirt, blue jeans, and comfy loafers. Gibson was also in flared jeans, along with a simple button-up shirt, casual shoes, and a black baseball cap. Gibson even proved chivalry isn’t dead when he was seen carrying the heavy grocery bags as Ross, holding a water bottle, followed behind.
Gibson has been dating Ross for three years and the couple has one son together, Lars. Before Lars was born Gibson told The Daily Telegraph that it was his 27-year-old girlfriend’s first time giving birth but that it was nothing new for him, “so I am going to be very good support, very good experienced support.” The two first met when she applied for a job at Gibson’s production company, Icon. Radar Online reports that following that meeting, the two jetted down to Costa Rica, spending time on his compound and then flew to Panama from there. Sources say the two seem very happy together.
So who is Rosalind Ross? The attractive brunette is something of a superstar in the American equestrian vaulting world. Friends say she left the sport to try to make it as a writer. Radar Online reported that her meeting with Mel came when she went for an interview at his production company for a writing position. Ross is very driven, saying, “Ambition is channeling desire into a relentless pursuit.”
Mel has seven children with his first wife Robyn Moore; a daughter Hannah, and his six sons Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo, and Thomas. The actor was married to Robyn for 31 years, although they technically separated in 2006. He also has an eight-year-old daughter, Luca, with Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva (pictured above).
Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva claims she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of the actor. Grigorieva claims in court documents she has been diagnosed with PTSD “due to domestic violence and the protracted, expensive and difficult paternity battle I had to endure.” Gibson was charged with misdemeanor battery against Grigorieva, cutting a plea deal with prosecutors in 2011. The pianist also says the whole ordeal actually caused her to grow a tumor near her brain: “As a result of the stresses of litigation and bankruptcy, I was recently diagnosed with a pituitary adenoma and will need to go through treatments in the near future, with increased medical bills,” said Grigorieva.
With controversy following him from his previous relationship to Oksana Grigorieva, Radar Online reported that Gibson was in no rush to make his new relationship with Ross public, but the two hit it off right away and things began to move quicker than expected. So far, aside from the commentary from gossip magazines on the age difference between the two and the pregnancy which would make Gibson a father to child #9, the two have managed to maintain a relatively low profile.
A close friend of Ross’s told the Daily Mail that Ross was having a hard time dealing with the attention that comes with dating the well-known actor. “There’s been a lot of very not very nice media that’s been written about her,” said the source. “Sifting through it has not been very pleasant at all. Sensationalizing her because of her relationships is not what she’s looking for.” Aside from the speculation, if these photos say anything it’s that these two are still going strong, and that they also have a healthy appetite.