Oksana Grigorieva (born Oksana Chernukha) is a Russian-American pianist, singer and songwriter.
The girl was born on February 23, 1970 in Saransk into a family of professors of music. She has a younger sister, Natalia. Oksana began playing the piano at the age of three. Then she studied at the local music school and graduated from the Kazan Conservatory. In 1990, after graduating from the Conservatory at the age of 20 Grigorieva moved to London, where she continued her education at the Royal College of Music.
While working as a model, the beautiful girl was noticed by photographer Patrick Hansen, Cousin of Prince Charles and the official photographer of the royal family. After that, her photos began to appear in many fashion magazines. First, she worked under the name Chernukha, but later changed it to her mother’s name – Grigorieva.
Then Oksana moved to the U.S., where she lived in New York and Los Angeles. She worked as a music teacher.
In 2006, Grigorieva wrote the song Un Dia Llegara, which was included in Josh Groban’s album Awake.
In 2009, Oksana in collaboration with Charlie Midnight released the album Beautiful Heartache. The executive producer of which was Mel Gibson. The album contains 11 tracks, including the Russian song “Black Eyes”. Grigorieva wrote the whole album herself, except of the song Say My Name, which was co-written with Gibson. The song Angel was dedicated to her with Timothy Dalton son Alexander, who was born in 1997.
Oksana is involved in charitable activities, she supports Chernobyl Foundation for Children.
In 1989, Oksana married lawyer Igor Baranov, but the marriage broke up after three months.
In 1992, she married British artist Nicholas Rowland, who was 19 years older. In 1994, their marriage was annulled, but it allowed Oksana to stay in the UK.
In 1995, working as an interpreter for Nikita Mikhalkovat the Film Festival in London, Oksana met with Timothy Dalton. So in 1996 she starred in the low-budget film “A to Zen”, as a Russian girl Katya. After a while the two got married. On August 7, 1997 their son Alexander was born. The reason for their separation, according to rumors, was her affair with Swedish businessman Peter Blomquist.
In the late 2000s Grigorieva had a romantic relationship with actor Mel Gibson. On October 30, 2009 their daughter Lucia was born. In April 2010, the couple broke up. Gibson was identified as a possible suspect in a domestic violence investigation initiated after detectives spoke in Malibu to Grigorieva.
Recently, she is often seen in the company of an old friend, sound engineer Jimmy Hoyson. They were seen in restaurants and cinema.