Lyudmilla Chernukha of Moscow, the mother of Mel Gibson’s girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who welcomed her daughter, Lucia, Friday in Los Angeles, told People magazine of her daughter’s baby joy, “I’m delighted!”
Lyudmilla also shared that she was relieved. Lyudmilla admitted that the pregnancy was made difficult for her daughter, 39, a pianist and composer, by the intense interest of the media. “I’m very pleased for her because during her pregnancy she worried a lot because of all the bad press written about her. Lots and lots of lies,” she said.
Oksana’s pregnancy was announced six weeks after Mel’s wife of 30 years, Robyn Moore, then 53, filed for divorce last April. Mel, 53, and Robyn have seven children together.
“Her pregnancy was a hard one even though she had no [medical] problems with it,” said Lyudmilla. “And, of course, Mel supported her and so did all her friends.” Oksana also has a son, Alexander, 12, with James Bond actor Timothy Dalton. Oksana tries to stay above the headlines, said her mother. “She doesn’t make any statements or get involved with refuting what’s said about her. She just tries to keep herself closed off from all the journalists.”
Lyudmilla said that she has spoken to her daughter since the birth and noted that the baby was two weeks early.
Lyudmilla hopes her daughter and granddaughter will visit soon – and she may get her wish. While promoting her new album, Beautiful Heartache, in the U.K. earlier this year, Oksana told reporters of her plans to take Mel and the baby back to her homeland next year. “Russians are very nostalgic,” she said.