Robin Gibb's Unconventional Family

He fathered child with housekeeper, his wife is bisexual, druid priestess.

ByABC News
April 18, 2012, 12:43 PM

May 22, 2012 — -- As Robin Gibb's family makes plans for his funeral, his devoted wife of 28 years, Dwina Gibb, who remained steadfastly at his bedside, has a interesting family dynamic to contend with.

The couple once avowed their open marriage -- he fathered a child with their former housekeeper and she openly stated her preference for women -- but were devoted to each other.

However absurd their relationship may have appeared, there's never been any question that they were "very, very bonded," writer and film professor David N. Meyer, who is writing an unauthorized biography on the Bee Gees, told "He has relied on her in a number of ways," according to Meyer who described their love for one another as "very tight."

"They are an example of a very modern family -- maybe a little too modern," Us Weekly's music editor Ian Drew told The pair were "very artistic souls, very open-minded," noted Drew who said that they really got a " kick out of each other."

Their lifestyle, though, has raised more than a few eyebrows -- most recently, in 2009, after Robin, 62, fathered a baby girl, Snow Robin Gibb, with their live-in housekeeper, Claire Yang, a woman nearly half his age.

Despite their unconventional marriage, Dwina Gibb, 59, an artist, writer and druid priestess, was said to have "hit the roof."

"When the truth came out, Dwina was furious. To say she hit the roof is an understatement. She felt betrayed," a friend was quoted telling the Sunday Mirror.

"It's very funny that she was upset," Meyer said. "Maybe it goes to the king splitting his estate."

The Bee Gee, whose estate is reportedly worth more than $140 million, and Dwina Gibb have one son, Robin-John Gibb, 29. Robin Gibb also has two older children -- a daughter, Melissa, 37, and a son, Spencer, 39, with his first wife, Molly Hullis.

His 12-year marriage to Hullis, a secretary in former Bee Gees' manager Robert Stigwood's office, almost immediately fell victim to the rise of the Bee Gees.

"Almost as soon as they got married, Robin moved to America and they almost never saw each other," said Meyer. "She refused to bring the kids to live in America."

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She also won custody of the children and, for many years, Robin Gibb did not see them.

"It was akin to bereavement," he told the UK newspaper The Telegraph in 2008. "I felt as though I was on the verge of madness."

Eventually, he reunited with his children when they were 12 and 10. By then, he had married Dwina Gibb, his second wife, whom he met through her cousin in 1980, when she was running a beanbag factory in London while trying to make it as an artist.

"I showed him my drawings," she is quoted saying in a 2006 article in the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "He asked me to come house-hunting with him and we scampered in and out of houses together, getting to know each other. We had a lot in common. We are both interested in history, mythology, old churches and buildings. We even share the same birthday."

Raised in Northern Ireland, Dwina Gibb has a lifelong interest in Irish history and mythology, according to her website, and has published two volumes of poetry and two novels. She's a devotee of many religions, including a Hindu sect called the Daughters of Brahma, whose members are meant to be celibate, and the order of the druids, an ancient pagan practice, for which she was ordained a patroness in the 1990s.