This is a sad story, and we’re only getting one side of it, but WaPo’s Reliable Source sifted through nine pages of legal notes taken from Gil’s ex, the mother of his three children who’s pregnant with a fourth. The documents are supposed to be confidential, and there’s some bad stuff in there (e.g. “He would state ‘you had [the kids] you watch them.'”), but it’s Gilbert, so there’s some silly stuff too.
Included in the notes are shocking examples of the artist formerly known as Agent Zero’s lavish expenses, both on his things and his children. A sampling of the standouts:
Care for his Great Falls home: “$100,000 on landscaping, $5,000 a month for housekeepers, $675 “per car” washing, and $1 million for his backyard pool and grotto.”
Care for his sharks: “$5,000 a month to feed them and $1,500 for a keeper to drive from Columbus to take care of them.”
Toys for his kids: “a $60,000 train set and an $8,000 toy Mercedes-Benz electric car, and dropping between $30,000 and $40,000 during a shopping spree at FAO Schwartz.”
For the math impaired, that’s $78,000 per year spent on sharks. Though, as Ball Don’t Lie noted, Gilbert’s last two contracts totaled $175 million. Still.
A $60,000 train set? An $8,000 toy car? For kids ages 5 and under? What do you even do with those once they’re done with them? Toddlers discard stuff in a matter of weeks, sometimes days. And I don’t know that Once Upon a Child takes play vehicles with resale values in excess of actual cars.
But, you know, there’s another child on the way. I hope it enjoys hand-me-downs, and I hope Gil and his girl get things squared away for the little squirt. It wouldn’t cost a thing.