August 13, 2009 11:35 AM

When Oksana Grigorieva released her debut album, Beautiful Heartache, last month, she had some help that most new artists can only dream about. Boyfriend Mel Gibson collaborated some on lyrics and even directed four videos. And when the album was complete, Gibson’s company, Icon Distribution, took care of the release.

“He’s an incredible artist,” Grigorieva tells CNN of her Oscar-winning boyfriend. “A visionary. He enabled me to produce this album, for my music to live.”

Grigorieva, who says she wants to be known for her music, acknowledges that her relationship with Gibson has helped her career. “Every talent needs a serious push and help from somebody who is stronger, because it’s pretty much impossible for anybody to succeed in this industry,” she says. “So I’ve become very lucky, and I’m very grateful.”

Grigorieva, who is expecting a child with Gibson, denies that a relationship with the star was part of a master plan. “You don’t control the situations or the people you meet. I did not plan this,” she says. “I’m just doing what I’ve always been doing. It’s not like I’ve changed my goals at all.”

Grigorieva says the couple has chosen not to learn the sex of their child. “I’m already buying things in gender-neutral colors,” she says. “It’s very cute.”

One collaboration that hasn’t yet been decided: marriage. Grigorieva says that there is no wedding on the horizon. “We don’t know yet,” she says, “We haven’t really talked about it.”

Grigorieva has a 12-year-old son with actor Timothy Dalton. Gibson, who split from wife Robyn in April after 30 years together, has seven other children.

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