Mel Gibson expecting baby No. 9!

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Mel Gibson is going to be a father of nine!

ET has learned that the Blood Father star and his girlfriend of two years, Rosalind Ross, are expecting a baby early next year.

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"Mel and Rose are so excited about the baby," a friend close to the couple told People. "Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can't wait to be parents together. The last two years have been some of his happiest years he's ever had."

This marks the first child for Ross, 26, and the ninth for Gibson. The 60-year-old actor is already parents to two daughters -- Hannah and Lucia -- and six sons -- Christian, Milo, Louis, Thomas, Edward and William.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: US actor Mel Gibson (R) and Rosalind Ross (L) arrive for the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross attend the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross kiss at the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: US actor Mel Gibson (R) and Rosalind Ross (L) arrive for the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Rosalind Ross, Mel Gibson attend the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic)
US actor Mel Gibson (R) and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 22, 2016 for the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / François Xavier MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Mel Gibson and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 22, 2016 for the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Mel Gibson (L) and Rosalind Ross attend the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Rosalind Ross and Mel Gibson attend the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Mel Gibson and his girlfriend Rosalind Ross leave the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Mel Gibson and partner Rosalind Ross attend the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US actor Mel Gibson and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Blood Father' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Mel Gibson (R) and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Blood Father' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Rosalind Ross (L) and Mel Gibson attend the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
US actor Mel Gibson (R) and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Blood Father' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Gibson welcomed his youngest child, Lucia, back in 2009 with his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. He was previously married to Robyn Moore for 26 years, before the two separated in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2011.

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In August, Grigorieva lost $500,000 in settlement money. Following an interview the former champion equestrian vaulter did with Howard Stern, the California Court of Appeals ruled that Gibson no longer had to pay her the remainder of a $750,000 settlement payment, as she breached a confidentiality obligation set forth in their 2011 custody agreement.

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