Legendary British singer Robin Gibb was a doting father who dearly wanted to be present in his kids’ lives. Despite the drama in his love life, he wanted every loved one to be financially well off after his passing.
Robin Gibb left behind $35 million in his estate for his wife Dwina Gibb and kids Robin-John, Melissa, and Spencer, including Claire Yang. However, the same cannot be said about his love child Snow Gibb.
The Daily Mail revealed in July 2013 that the songwriter’s daughter Snow was cut out of his inheritance altogether. Robin died in May 2012 at age 62 following a long battle with colon and liver cancer.
When he died, Snow was only four years old, whom he fathered with his former live-in housekeeper Yang then-33 in 2008. The revelation that their child would not inherit anything was after an unconfirmed report claiming tension between Dwina and Yang.
Even though Robin and Dwina had an open relationship within their 35-year marriage, the author reportedly prevented Snow and her mother from attending his funeral.
His wealth is valued at $35 million after-tax and includes all his UK assets but not his properties in America or assets he shared jointly with his widow.
The money is set up in a trust fund, and 68-year-old Dwina will receive all profits until she dies. She has also been granted all of her late husband’s chattels and music rights to his share of the royalties from the pop band Bee Gees’ back catalog.
Meanwhile, her stepkids Melissa, 47, and Spencer, 49, were each given $6.8 million instantly, with the remainder of the fortune to be split between them and their sibling Robin-John upon Dwina’s death.
Notably, Yang was allowed to keep the $1.15 million house Robin bought in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, but their now-13-year-old daughter did not inherit anything from the will.
The 15-page document was drawn up in August 2011, only nine months before Robin passed, and his chauffeur and personal assistant were his witnesses.
The document stated that in the final paragraph, the record producer was in the process of making amendments to the will to provide financial support for Snow.
He requested his trustees to provide for her should he fail to do so before he died but did not make any specific recommendations in the process. More so, there were speculations that he gave Yang $6.7 million before he died.
However, she refused to comment on the will or financial arrangements when the media approached her at her home at the time. News of the former lovers’ affair became public knowledge in early February 2009.
It was after three months after they welcomed their child Snow at the private Portland Hospital in West London. The pair are believed to have been involved romantically for a couple of years before Yang gave birth.
Yang started as Dwina and Robin’s housekeeper, working at their 12th-century mansion in Thame, Oxfordshire, and their waterfront beach house in Miami, Florida. Following Snow’s birth, her dad said:
“New life is heaven sent and a blessing. That’s what I can say about children and life.”
Despite his apparent affair, his spouse insisted that they had a happy relationship saying it is pivotal for creatives to be given the freedom to create in a marriage. Dwina added:
“Let’s just say Robin made sure everyone in his life was taken care of. They’ve been sufficiently provided for – everyone has.”
Interestingly, it reportedly took a year for Robin’s lawyers to agree to a financial settlement with Yang for Snow’s future education and maintenance.
Moreover, when Dwina found out about her spouse’s infidelity with a woman half his age, she was reportedly enraged, a friend told Sunday Mirror at the time.
In contrast, writer and film professor David N. Meyer, an author of Bee Gees’ autobiography, told ABC News.com that it was somewhat laughable that Dwina, who identifies as a bisexual, was upset about Robin and Yang’s infidelity.
“Maybe it goes to the king splitting his estate,” he said. Robin’s children Spencer and Melissa benefited dearly from his fortune inheritance.
He shares the siblings with his first wife, Molly Hullis, whom he was married to for 12 years. The pair tied the knot in 1968 when he was 18 and she 21. Hullis was a secretary in former Bee Gees’ manager Robert Stigwood’s office.
However, Robin’s thriving musical career interfered in his relationship with Hullis, who died in 1980. Soon after the duo got married, Robin upped and moved to America, creating distance between them as they hardly saw each other.
As a result, she refused to bring the kids to live in America and also won custody. For many years Robin did not see his brood. He told The Telegraph in 2008:
“It was akin to grief. I felt as though I was on the verge of madness.”
The “Stayin’ Alive” singer was denied access to see his kids for six years after his first marriage ended in divorce. He explained the entire experience was daunting and traumatic for him because he had no contact with them.
“There was no response to my calls, no acknowledgment of my gifts, no letters. I felt sad, rejected, worthless. Nobody was telling me anything about my kids,” he shared.
Robin said he felt as though he was emotionally, mentally, and spiritually abandoned while stating despite his accomplishments, he still felt empty without his children.
The Isle of Man native and Hullis divorced in 1980, and their two kids were aged six and four, respectively. Eventually, he was reunited with them when they were 12 and 10 years old.
As they started getting to know each other, Robin shared his daughter struggled to call him dad, but things changed for the better as things progressed. They visited him at his home, and on some occasions, as they grew up, they even showed up without informing him.
That made him realize their relationship was getting somewhere until they eventually grew to embrace him as their father. To date, Spencer is a musician, and his sister Melissa is a London-based translator of Arabic.
When Robin reunited with his children, he was already married to his second wife, Dwina. They met through her cousin in 1980 while trying to make her mark in the art industry.
Dwina once said in 2006 that she showed Robin her drawings, and he asked her to go house-hunting with him. They got to know each other from thereon and discovered they had a lot in common.
The lovebirds even shared the same birthday. Dwina previously revealed that she was drawn to Robin’s sense of humor way before they met.
She told Metro.co.uk in December 2020 that when she was 14 years old, her sister asked her who of the band members from Bee Gees she would marry.
At the time, they were watching the group on TV where Robin was joking around with Maurice and said she would most probably marry Robin from that moment because of his great sense of humor.
Dwina eventually met Robin when she was 28 years old, and they walked down the aisle in 1985 and remained together until his death.
The poet was raised in Northern Island and had a lifelong interest in Irish history and mythology. Her website states that she has published two volumes of poetry and two novels.
She and Robin share a son, 38-year-old Robin-John, who is an actor. Robin-John is a father of three boys and a daughter. He and his partner Megan welcomed their fourth child in June 2021 and named him Oliver-Eugene.
The latest addition to the family was born at The Portland Hospital in London and joined his siblings Theodore-Alexander, Maxwell-Robin, and Ella.