"The last two years have been some of his happiest years he’s ever had," a close friend said, and there's a good reason behind it.
It's nearly impossible to live life without a few mistakes. Nobody gets it right all the time, but the key to being happy is working on the regrets that you carry with you and hoping to live a better version of yourself as you grow older. Mel Gibson, who's regretted several things in life that he's said and done, realized that he needed to take some time off for his own good. And it's probably one of the best decisions he's made for himself.
He didn't shy away from getting himself the help that he needed and 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." He went into therapy a couple of times a week, took 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 and the services are conducted in Latin.
When it comes to his children, he will gladly accept 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.”
Having his children in his life and having Rosalind Ross, who he's deeply in love with, by his side, has given him some of the best years of his life. 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."
Raising nine children and being actively involved in each other lives has shown him how hard parenting can 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."
Although he's forever grateful about his family life, he still finds that people bring up some of the rash comments he'd said earlier in his life. But he continues to bury the bad from his past, take the good with him, and carry on moving forward. "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 talked 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."
Right now, he's trying his best 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. He even earned himself a nomination for best director. Being the changed man that he is, his relationship with his family and his focus on his career are keeping him going.