Mel Gibson‘s adopted gay brother, Andrew (that I didn’t even know he had) has broken his silence in an interview with The Sunday Times. Living in Redfern, Sydney Australia, he (like the rest of the world) has seen Mel’s reputation go down the tube so he thought he would speak up and defend his brother.
He talked about when he first heard the allegations that Mel had made anti-sematic and homophobic remarks saying, “When I heard them I just thought, ‘That isn’t Mel’. He has never said anything abusive, aggressive or racist in his life. I just had to turn the TV off and turn it to the wall for two weeks so I didn’t have to listen. The rest of the family did the same.”
“When I heard them I just thought: ‘That isn’t Mel.’ He has never said anything abusive aggressive or racist in his life,” Andrew Gibson explained to The Sunday Telegraph.
Andrew said that he came out when he was 22 years old, and his father was very upset and blamed himself, thinking he had done something wrong. Mel said that it was Andrew’s choice and that he was still his brother and loved him just the same. Regardless, Andrew had a hard time with everything and distanced himself from the family – and no one went after him, which made it even harder.
“It was a struggle and it took a long time. Even after 10 years when I came back to the family for a while, I still didn’t feel it was right. It has only really been in the last 12 months that we have really built up contact again,” he said.
I don’t know. If you haven’t really kept in touch with someone for a decade, how can you really know who they are and be able to speak to what you think they did or didn’t do. There’s a lot of evidence (recordings, arrests, etc.) that prove what Mel had become. Sometimes people make some bad choices. I don’t think Mel is a bad person, I just think his life and mental health spiralled out of control. I think fame, money, alcohol, and some very public breakups can do that to you.