"The last two years have been some of his happiest years he’s ever had," said a close friend, and there's a good reason behind it.
Celebrities are no exception when it comes to making mistakes, and it's harder for them because their lives are always in the spotlight. Mel Gibson is someone who's regretted several things in life, some that he's said, and some that he's done. Those things made him realize he needed to take some time off, for his own good.
Gibson says that was one of the best decisions he ever made for himself. He has not shied away from getting the help he really needed and says that he spent an entire decade just working on himself. “I worked on myself and I feel great. And I am glad to be back and I am fortunate," he said, as reported by Mirror. "I feel pretty cooled out and stuff doesn’t matter the way it used to. So I feel good and healthy, I have done the work and I feel pretty fit."
Gibson went to therapy a couple of times a week, attended counseling sessions, and found respite in his church. He's a dedicated member of a traditionalist Catholic group — he built a church of his own in Malibu where the services are conducted in Latin. When it comes to his children, he is more than willing to embrace the many changes that come with it, including the stretch marks. “I’ve got stretch marks, man,” Mel Gibson told Good Morning America, according to People. “I got stretch marks.”
He's had some of the best years of his life with his children and the love of his life, Rosalind Ross, beside him. A close friend of theirs said in 2016, "Mel and Rose are so excited about the baby. Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can’t wait to be parents together. The last two years have been some of his happiest years he’s ever had." For anyone who's raised one kid, they know how hard parenting can be, so imagine raising nine!
Raising nine kids and being actively involved in their lives, individually, showed Gibson how hard parenting can actually be, especially during those teenage years. "I find that kids — especially when they’re teenagers — if you keep talking at them, you find out that they heard everything later," he said. "They scare you to death, and then you find out it all resonated at some point."
He's grateful for how his life's turned out to be now, so even if others can't help rehashing his past, Gibson doesn't let that get to him. "Ten years have gone by," he said, as reported by Business Insider. "I'm feeling good. I'm sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me, it's a dim thing in the past." He also spoke about the sensitive comments he made and said, "Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there'd be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been."
Now, he's trying to focus on his family and his career. The movie he recently directed, Hacksaw Ridge, gained worldwide acclaim and was even nominated for best picture at the Oscars. It earned him a nomination for best director. Now that his past is where it's supposed to be, he's focusing on his future and on his relationship with his family. Being the changed man he is, that's what's keeping him going!