Andrew Gibson, the little-known gay sibling of controversial
actor-director Mel, comes to the defense of his brother and disputes
claims that he's homophobic, in a rare interview with The Sunday Times of Australia
have never once heard anything antigay come out of his mouth," Andrew
says of Mel, even defending his notorious interview with Spanish
newspaper El Pais. In the piece, published in 1991, Mel reportedly said of gay
people, "They take it up the ass ... this is only for taking a shit.” He
was upset at any suggestion he could be mistaken for gay. "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
Andrew champions Mel's statements in the 20-year-old
interview, saying, "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, who is 43 and was adopted by the Gibsons, says coming
out to his family when he was 22 was one of his most terrifying things
he ever did. "When I told my dad he cried and blamed himself he felt he
had done something wrong," he says. "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.'"
Andrew reveals that after he
came out to the Gibsons he deliberately estranged himself from them for a
decade, though he saw them periodically at family functions. "I
distanced myself and they didn't come after me," he recalls. "It was a
very difficult time. They didn't like my choice of boyfriends — they
wanted me to go out with a Country Road queen and I like strong,
Andrew says the entire Gibson family
refuses to believe the charges that Mel abused ex-girlfriend
Oksana Grigorieva or accept the authenticity of the alleged taped conversations between the two.
"When I heard them I just thought, That isn't Mel," he says. "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."