Protective Mel Gibson keeps expectant Oksana close as they prepare for baby

In just two months time Mel Gibson will become a father – for the eighth time.

And in recent pictures showing the star with his arm protectively around Russian girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, he looks as excited as any first time parent.

Mel's enthusiasm for fatherhood has been paid testament by his musician love, who recently spoke to HELLO! about the Lethal Weapon actor's excitement at becoming a dad again.

Describing his paternal qualities, the 39-year-old brunette - who recently denied reports the couple have plans to wed - said: "If I can put it on one word: kindness. You see he understands the dynamic of parenthood and he truly loves children."

Adding that the Hollywood heavyweight is a big kid himself Oksana continued: "He loves all children, he's great!" 

When asked whether or not the couple had chosen to find out whether they are expecting a little boy or a girl, the singer joked: "Well it's definitely going to be one of those!"

"I guess we'll find out soon enough. We're going to keep it private," said the musician, who has a 12-year-old son, Alexander, with former James Bond star Timothy Dalton.

Currently Mel is father to only one daughter, 29-year-old Hannah, with his estranged wife Robyn.

Hannah has six younger brothers – twins Edward and Christian, 26, William, 24, Louis, 21, Milo, 19, and ten-year-old Thomas.

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