Saturday, May 20, 2006

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills Media Frenzy

Heather Mills will be getting a hefty sum from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney in their divorce. In a self-help book written by Mills that will be published next week, "Life Balance," Mills complains about the media: "They made me out to be a gold digger and I decided to keep my mouth shut and say nothing. Looking back, I think that was a mistake."The once model had her lower left leg amputated subsequent to being hit by a motorcycle, calls insinuations she was merely after Sir Paul's riches "worse even than losing my leg.""I have learnt that peace of mind has very little to do with luxury or leisure," she says.McCartney, 63, and Mills, 38, revealed Wednesday that they were calling it quits after only four years of marriage.In spite of speculation that Mills may receive as much as a $400 million in her share of McCartney's estimated $1.6 billion fortune, divorce lawyers stated yesterday it was more likely her settlement would be in the range of $20 million to as much as $95 million, because of the relatively short amount of time they were married and because McCartney accumulated most of his wealth prior to meeting Mills.Even though Mills had offered to sign a prenuptial agreement, there was never one made.Such agreement are not binding in British courts, however judges will consider them in making a decision on divorce awards. Divorce lawyer Michael Drake said the $400 million figure was "excessive" and suggested Mills' "needs could comfortably be met" with a sum in the $20 million to $40million range. He said a trust fund and home for their daughter Beatrice, 2, would likely be part of the package.McCartney's children from his marriage to the deceased Linda Eastman: James, Mary, Stella and Linda's daughter Heather are said to of never liked Mills. It is unsure what part they may play in any divorce deal.In "Life Balance," Mills describes herself as a "working mother" and says: "I have to admit I haven't always been the best communicator. I really had to work at it."McCartney's friends describe Mills as hot tempered and constantly nagging. "Heather would often complain that he lacked style - he hated her criticisms," the Mirror quoted a source as saying.


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