(July 11) Mel Gibson's adopted gay brother Andrew Gibson publicly came out in the pages of the July 10 edition of Australia's The Sunday Times. And while it appears Andrew Gibson, now 43, is somewhat estranged from his family, he is still defending older brother mel's homophobia.
Mel Gibson stated in a 1991 interview, "With this look, who's going to think I'm gay? I don't lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?"
But Andrew Gibson now says his brother's comments were not meant to cause any offence and, when he had come out to family and friends more than two decades ago, Mel had been supportive. "He's a straight man and he was illustrating that fact. In the same way a gay man wouldn't want to have sex with a woman," Andrew told The Sunday Times. ""He never meant to upset anyone. I have never once heard anything anti-gay come out of his mouth."
As for his own coming out, Andrew Gibson says, "It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever done. I was 22. When I told my dad he cried and blamed himself he felt he had done something wrong. That broke my heart and I told him it wasn't my fault. I think they all suspected. I was at a family dinner at Aria restaurant when I told Mel. He just said, 'It's not my choice, but I love you and you're my brother'. [Then] I distanced myself [from the family] and they didn't come after me. It was a very difficult time."