Gibson girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva unveiled

Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:42pm EDT
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Russian-born beauty Oksana Grigorieva, the soon-to-be mom of Mel Gibson's child, is ready to step out into the limelight on her own terms -- not as the girlfriend of an A-list celebrity.

The 39-year-old classical pianist, who is releasing her debut pop album "Beautiful Heartache" on iTunes and her own web site through Gibson's Icon Entertainment, has been a subject of fascination since the Oscar-winning director and actor went public with their relationship after his wife of nearly 30 years, Robyn, filed for divorce in April 2009.

Grigorieva said she is very much in love with the "Braveheart" actor, but plans to keep separate residences for now. She wants the public and media to learn who she is.

"I'd like to be judged if so, by my art, by my music. That's primarily why I'm here. Of course, if the tabloids wrote the truth about most of people, maybe it would be really boring," Grigorieva told Reuters in her first interview.

"(Music) is what I've been doing since I'm 3 years old," said Grigorieva, who will give birth to her child in December.

Grigorieva also has a 12-year-old son, Alexander, with former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton, but she and Dalton parted ways seven years ago and share joint custody.

Since Gibson's breakup, the public has heard little from Grigorieva who has been modeling for years and honing her musical skills, while devoting herself to raising her son in Los Angeles for past 10 years. Now, she has something to say.

"I've been working on my music all along, but eventually art has to be shared. My heart is in writing and creation, but of course only when you share it with others, do you feel fully happy or fulfilled," she said.   Continued...

<p>Actress and recording artist Oksana Grigorieva arrives with boyfriend, actor Mel Gibson at an industry screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California in this April 28, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files</p>