- Heather Mills
name = Heather Anne Mills
birth_date = birth date and age|1968|1|12|df=yes
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Robertsbridge, and Hove
nationality = English
education = Usworth Grange Primary school, Usworth Comprehensive (
Washington, Tyne and Wear) and Hydeburn School (London)
occupation = Former model and charity campaigner
networth = £24.3M+ (estimated)
height = 5
spouse = Alfie Karmal (1989–1991)
children = Beatrice Milly McCartney
parents = John "Mark" Francis Mills and Beatrice Mary Finlay
relations = Shane Mills (brother) Fiona Mills (sister) and Claire Mills (half-sister)
website = [http://www.heathermills.org/ www.heathermills.org/]
Heather Anne Mills (born 12 January 1968) is an English charity campaigner and former model, and the ex-wife of musician
Paul McCartney. Mills was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, to John "Mark" Francis Mills (a British ex- paratrooper) and his wife, Beatrice Mary Finlay, the daughter of a colonel in the British Army. Mills has an older brother, Shane, a younger sister, Fiona, and a half-sister, Claire.
Mills started her own
model agencyin 1986, and married Alfie Karmal on 6 May 1989, but divorced in 1991. Mills was living with a ski instructor in Croatiain 1990, just before the Croatian Warstarted, later organising supplies for Croatia, and accepting modelling assignments in Austria to pay for the trip. In 1993, Mills was hit by a police motorbike and suffered serious injuries, losing her left leg 6 inches below her knee. She later sold her story to the " News of the World", and used the proceeds to establish the Heather Mills Health Trust, which recycles discarded prosthetic limbs.
Mills met McCartney at a Pride of Britain charity event, and they were married on 11 June 2002. Mills gave birth to Beatrice Milly McCartney on 28 October 2003, but separated from McCartney in 2006, which led to a highly publicised divorce. She was awarded £24.3 million in a court settlement on 17 March 2008, but received negative media coverage in the UK. Mills is a supporter of
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) a patron of Viva!, the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation, and a former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Association Adopt-A-Minefieldprogramme, and vice-president of the Limbless Association. She continues to work on behalf of numerous campaigns, including aid for amputees, animal rights, and for the banning of landmines.
Mills was born in
Aldershot, Hampshire, to John "Mark" Francis Mills (a British ex-paratrooper) and his wife, Beatrice Mary Mills, née Finlay, who was the daughter of a colonel in the British Army.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.celebritywonder.com/html/heathermills.html |title=Heather Mills Profile |publisher= UGO Networks|accessdate=2008-07-15] Mills's father was adopted at the age of seven and grew up in Brighton, where his foster parents had a grocery shop, although his foster-father also worked as a mechanic for a Grand Prix racing team.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.macca-central.com/macca-news/morenews.php?id=878 |title=A Single Step (extract) |publisher= msnbc|date= 2002-10-28|accessdate=2008-07-20] Her mother was born in India during World War II, but was educated at English boarding schools. Mills's parents met at Newcastle University, and were married against the wishes of Finlay's father, who did not attend the wedding, and only saw his daughter once more before he died. Mills's mother spoke several languages and played the piano, and her father played banjo and guitar, liked photography (winning an Evening Standardaward) and took part in numerous sports. He was very fond of animals (working for the RSPCAfor a time) and Mills remembered her family always having a dog and a cat, as well as once having a pet goose and a white nanny goat that was allowed to roam the house in Libanus, near Brecon, which was a house Mills's grandparents had. Her family spent their holidays in Libanus, and also lived there for a time.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.amazon.com/Single-Step-Heather-Mills-McCartney/dp/0446531650 |title=A Single Step |publisher=Warner Books |accessdate=2008-07-15] cite web |first=Juliet |last=Gellatley |url=http://www.viva.org.uk/celebs/heather_interview.html |title=Heather Mills - exclusive Viva! interview |publisher= Viva!|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-15] When Mills was six-years-old, the family moved north to Alnwickin Northumberland, but moved shortly after to a block of flats in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and then on to Cockshott Farm, in Rothbury(approx. six miles away). Mills has an older brother, Shane, and a younger sister, Fiona.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/-01miQGJLb0/Sir+Paul+McCartney+Heather+Mills+Divorce+Judgement/EbVdThJm5FQ/Fiona+Mills |title=Sir Paul McCartney And Heather Mills - Divorce Judgement |publisher=Zimbio |date= 2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-24] Mills attended Usworth Grange Primary school,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wear/3154150.stm |title=Heather backs school campaign |publisher= BBC|date= 2003-10-01|accessdate=2008-07-19] and then Usworth Comprehensive schoolin Washington. (She visited Usworth Comprehensive in 2003, as guest of honour at a prize-giving event, and to support the school against plans for its closure).
Mills later wrote that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a swimming pool attendant when she was eight-years-old, but her next door neighbour, Margaret Ambler, who was sexually abused by the swimming pool attendant, alleged that Mills's story was "nothing what she made it out to be", that Mills was never a victim, and the pool attendant did not commit suicide, as Mills had written.cite web |first=Andy |last=McSmith |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/literature-of-lying-the-cover-is-blown-on-yet-another-tall-story-791342.html |title=Literature of lying: the cover is blown on yet another tall story |publisher=
The Independent|date= 2008-03-05|accessdate=2008-07-17] Although having received a letter from Mills offering £10,000 to stop a court case, Ambler complained that the story had caused her deep discomfort by bringing the incident to national attention, so she sued for breach of privacy, accepting an out-of-court settlement of £5,000 in compensation, and £54,000 legal costs.cite web |first=Andrew |last=Clennell |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20030510/ai_n12684231 |title=Heather Mills faces legal action over paedophile claims |publisher= The Independent|date= 2003-05-10|accessdate=2008-07-05] cite web |first=Laura |last=Roberts |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-561161/Scheming-Heather-told-Sir-Paul-Marry-says-friend-10-000-night-ex-prostitute.html |title=Scheming Heather told Sir Paul 'Marry me or it's over', says former friend and £10,000-a-night ex-prostitute |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2008-04-22|accessdate=2008-07-17] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.accesshollywood.com/article/2186/who-is-heather-mills/ |title=Who Is Heather Mills? |publisher= NBC Universal, Inc.|date= 2007-10-30|accessdate=2008-07-12]
Mills's mother left home when Mills was nine-years-old, which left Mills, her older brother Shane, and her younger sister, Fiona, in the care of their father.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/uk/2000/newsmakers/2031333.stm |title=Heather Mills Can't Buy Me Love |publisher=
BBC|date= 2002-06-07|accessdate=2008-07-09] Mills said that her father once threw her brother against a window for making a mess on the carpet with crayons. The window broke and her brother had to be taken to hospital, where Mill's father explained that the boy had fallen on some glass in the garden. Fiona Mills said: "Our family were always short of money and our father demanded that we find food and clothes so we turned to shoplifting, learnt to hide from the bailiffs and became experts at domestic duties. I’m not ashamed to say that we were forced to steal because when you are a young child, you’d rather do that than face a beating from your father." (Their father disputed his daughters' allegations that he was violent towards them,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.channel4.com/video/heather-mills-what-really-happened/ |title=All the best bits from Heather Mills: What Really Happened |publisher= Channel 4|accessdate=2008-07-08] later releasing home movies of family holidays in Lebanus, showing Mills playing happily).cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.list.co.uk/article/7899-heather-mills-childhood-dispute/ |title=Chjildhood Dispute |publisher=The List Ltd |date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-04-22] Mills later wrote that she often stole food from supermarkets as a child: "By ten I was an old hand. Pinching food was really quite easy I discovered." In 2006, she visited the Sainsbury'sstore in her home town and was refused entry by a member of staff because she had once been caught shoplifting there.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-407025/Heathers-supermarket-shoplifting-shame.html |title=Heather's supermarket shoplifting shame |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-09-27|accessdate=2008-07-07]
London and modelling
When her father was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of
fraud, Mills left home with her sister to live with her mother and partner ("Crossroads" actor Charles Stapley) in Clapham, London, although her brother went to Brightonto live with his paternal grandparents. Mills later wrote that at the age of 15 she ran away to join a funfair, and then lived in a cardboard box under Waterloo Stationfor four months, although Stapely refuted this by saying that she occasionally left home at weekends to travel with a young man who worked for a funfair in London. During her stated period of homelessness, her school records indicate that she and her sister were both enrolled at Usworth comprehensive in Tyne and Wear until April 1983, and then at Hydeburn comprehensive in Clapham on 6 June 1983, where they both stayed until 2 July 1984. Mills remembered that a teacher at the Hydeburn school once said, "there's no hope for her at all", and that she left school with no academic qualifications. In the same year, her father had another daughter, Claire Mills, with a new partner.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://darksweetlady.tripod.com/beatleskids/family.html |title=Additional Family Members (Claire Mills) |publisher=Dark Sweet Lady (Tripod) |accessdate=2008-07-30]
Mills worked for a croissant shop, but was sacked, and vowed "never to work for anyone else again".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2002/06/09/do0910.xml |title=Macca’s Choice |publisher=
The Daily Telegraph|date= 2002-06-09|accessdate=2008-07-27] She later wrote that the owner of a jewellery shop in Clapham gave her a job on Saturdays, but Jim Guy (the owner of Penrose Jewellers) later stated: "Everything she wrote about me was lies, I never gave her a job; she just hung around and made tea. She told me her father was dead. The only thing that was true was she nicked [stole] stuff from the shop", which Guy said was worth £20,000. Mills admitted that she had stolen some gold chains and sold them to buy a moped, and when Guy reported the theft, she was put on probation. Mills and her mother reconciled in 1989, but her mother died shortly after, during surgery for a minor thrombosisoperation.cite web |first=Jon |last=Clements |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/tm_headline=can-we-believe-heather-this-time-&method=full&objectid=17955608&siteid=94762-name_page.html |title=Can we believe Heather this time? |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2006-10-19|accessdate=2008-07-09] She then worked at a casino, a sunbed salon, and the Bananas cocktail bar in London.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-405387/I-tarred-Heathered-says-Heathers-husband.html |title=I was tarred and Heathered too, says Heather's first husband |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-09-18|accessdate=2008-07-27]
Alfie Karmal (the son of a Palestinian father and Greek mother) was ten years older than Mills when they met in 1986, while she was working as a waitress at the Bananas cocktail club, in Wardour Street, London.cite web |first=Helen |last=Weathers |coauthors=Simpson, Richard |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-445770/The-making-Heather-Monster.html |title= The making of Heather 'the Monster' |publisher=
The Daily Mail|date= 2007-03-31|accessdate=2008-07-27] Karmal bought her new clothes, Cartier jewellery, and paid for cosmetic surgery when she complained that her breasts were sagging. (she later said that she had had a breast reductionoperation, reducing her bra size from a 34E to a 34C). She reached the final of the |accessdate=2008-07-17] After returning to London, Mills asked Karmal to marry her. Karmal said yes, but on one condition: "I told her I couldn't marry her until she did something about her compulsive lying, and she agreed to see a psychiatrist for eight weeks. She admitted she had a problem and said it was because she'd been forced to lie as a child by her father." Mills had told Karmal that she had a driving licence, and three A-levels, which Karmal later learned was not true. On 6 May 1989, Mills married Karmal (who had two sons from a previous marriage) and moved into a four-bedroom house in Dobbs Weir, Hertfordshire. Although Mills proposed to Karmal, she later said that every man she has been out with "has asked me to marry him within a week." While married to Karmal, she suffered two ectopic pregnancies, so Karmal paid for her to go on holiday to Croatia with his children and ex-wife (with whom Mills had become friends) in 1990,cite web |first=Russell |last=Miller |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article392048.ece?token=null&offset=24&page=3 |title=Investigation: The girl can't help it (p3)|publisher= The Times|date= 2004-11-28|accessdate=2008-07-11] but Mills ended up living with her ski instructor, Milos Pogacar, shortly before the Croatian War began.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://fametastic.co.uk/archive/20070116/4166/heather-mills-has-birthday-reunion-with-ex-boyfriend/ |title=Heather Mills has birthday reunion with ex-boyfriend |publisher=Fametastic |date= 2007-01-16|accessdate=2008-07-15] Mills then set up a refugee crisis centre in London, helping over 20 people to escape the war. She drove by herself to deliver donations to Croatia, taking modelling assignments in Austria on the way to pay for the trip, later saying that she "worked on the front line in a war zone in the former Yugoslaviafor two years where there were mines everywhere that weren't marked". Karmal and Mills were divorced in 1991,cite web |first=Emily |last=Smith |url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article68971.ece |title='Liar Mucca beat ME up' says ex |publisher= The Sun|date= 2006-10-28|accessdate=2008-07-27] and Karmal now lives in Vancouver, Canada.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/130/AA1 |title=Alfie Karmal (VP Sales) |publisher=LinkedIn Corporation |accessdate=2008-07-27] Mills was later engaged to Raffaele Mincione (a bond dealer for the Industrial Bank of Japan) in 1993.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.geocities.com/heathermillsmccartney/life.html |title=About Heather |publisher= Yahoo!(Geocities) |accessdate=2008-07-24]
Accident and amputees
On 8 August 1993, Mills was standing with Mincione at the corner of De Vere Gardens and Kensington Road, London, but whilst crossing Kensington Road she was knocked down by a police motorcycle, which was going to an emergency.cite web |first=Russell |last=Miller |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article392048.ece?token=null&offset=0 |title=Investigation: The girl can't help it (p1) |publisher=
The Times|date= 2004-11-28|accessdate=2008-07-09] Mills suffered crushed ribs, a punctured lung, and the loss of her left leg 6 inches below the knee; a metal plate was later attached to her pelvis.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=25608&cat=2 |title=Heather Mills faces “serious operation” after a metal plate in her pelvis broke |publisher=TransWorld News |date= 2007-10-18|accessdate=2008-07-05] In October 1993, she had another operation which further shortened her leg. Mills was awarded £200,000 by the police authority as recompense for her injuries, even though the police motorcyclist, PC Osbourne, was later cleared by magistrates of driving without due care and attention.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/711402.stm |title=Model's damages 'waste of money' |publisher= BBC|date= 2000-04-13|accessdate=2008-07-11] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.nopenaltypoints.co.uk/DrivingWithoutDueCareAndAttention.html |title=Driving Without Due Care and Attention |publisher=No Penalty Points |accessdate=2008-07-24] After the accident, Mills sold her story to the "News of the World", and gave other interviews, saying she earned £180,000. She used the money to set up the Heather Mills Health Trust which delivers prostheticlimbs to people, particularly children, who have lost limbs after stepping on landmines. Mills often shows people her prosthetic leg; once taking it off during an interview on the American talk show " Larry King Live", in 2002.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2386095.stm |title=Mills removes false leg on live TV |publisher= BBC|date= 2002-11-01|accessdate=2008-07-11]
Mills booked herself into the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.hippocratesinst.com/ |title=The Hippocrates Health Institute has been the preeminent leader in the field of natural and complementary health care and education since 1956|publisher=Hippocrates Health Institute |accessdate=2008-07-19] which put her on a raw food
vegandiet, using wheat grass and garlic poultices to heal her wound. After an operation, Mills discovered that she had been previously diagnosed as having an O rhesus negative blood type, when in fact she was A rhesus negative, which had complicated her previous diets. As her prosthetic leg had to be replaced on a regular basis (because the size of the amputated stump kept changing as it healed) she had the idea to collect thousands of discarded prosthetic limbs for amputees in Croatia,cite web |first=of Dulwich|last=Lord McColl |url=http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199899/ldhansrd/vo990609/text/90609-06.htm |title=9 Jun 1999 : Column 1533 |publisher=Parliament UK (Publications and Records) |date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-25] persuading the Brixton prison governor to get inmates to dismantle and pack them before being transported.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.normanphillips.co.uk/heather_mills_mccartney_bio.htm |title=Heather Mills McCartney Biography |publisher=Norman Phillips Organisation |accessdate=2008-07-05] The first convoy of limbs arrived in Zagrebin October 1994, and Mills travelled with the convoy to film interviews with some of the recipients for the " Good Morning with Anne and Nick" daytime TV show.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.heathermills.org/charity_croatia.php |title=Convoy to Croatia |publisher=Heather Mills |accessdate=2008-07-15] However, Croatian citizens were already supplied with prosthetic limbs by the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance, which paid for the fitting of limbs and rehabilitation of patients.
With the help of
ghostwriterPamela Cockerill, Mills wrote a book about her experience: "Out on a Limb" (1995) which was republished in America as "A Single Step" (2002).cite web |first=Russell |last=Miller |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article392048.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2 |title=Investigation: The girl can't help it (p2) |publisher= The Times|date= 2004-11-28|accessdate=2008-07-11] Extracts from "Out on a Limb" were serialised in " The Daily Mail" in March 2000.cite web |first=Jill |last=Smolowe |url=http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20130865,00.html |title=Starting Over |publisher=PEOPLE (Time Inc) |date= 2000-03-03|accessdate=2008-07-27] Mills handed all the proceeds from the book to Adopt-A-Minefield, and stated that it was one of "the few charities that 100% of their donations goes to clear minefields and survivor assistance". In 1995, Mills got engaged to British media executive Marcus Stapleton, after being together for only 16 days, and was then engaged to respected documentary filmmaker Chris Terrill in 1999,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.itv.com/News/commando/profile/default.html |title=Chris Terrill profile |publisher= ITV|date= 2007-09-12|accessdate=2008-07-19] cite web |first=Chris |last=Terrill |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1542864/On-patrol-with-the-Marines-in-Afghanistan.html |title=On patrol with the Marines in Afghanistan |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-02-17|accessdate=2008-07-19] after only 12 days in Cambodia, where they were making a film about landmines.cite web |first=Chris |last=Terrill |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article722871.ece?token=null&offset=0 |title=Focus: Heathered — by the former 'Mr Mills' (p1) |publisher= The Times|date= 2006-05-21|accessdate=2008-07-11] Mills ended their relationship five days before their planned wedding day,cite web |first=Chris |last=Terrill |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article722871.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2 |title=Focus: Heathered — by the former 'Mr Mills' (p2) |publisher= The Times|date= 2006-05-21|accessdate=2008-07-11] later telling friends in the media that she had called the wedding off because Terrill was gay,cite web |first=Chris |last=Terrill |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article722871.ece?token=null&offset=24&page=3 |title=Focus: Heathered — by the former 'Mr Mills' (p3) |publisher= The Times|date= 2006-05-21|accessdate=2008-07-11] an MI6agent,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.contactmusic.com/new/artist.nsf/artistnames/heather%20mills |title=Heather Mills Biography |publisher=contactmusic |accessdate=2008-07-19] and that his mission was to undermine her anti-landmine work.cite web |first=Natalie |last=Clarke |url= http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21372983-5001026,00.html |title= Heather Mills porky test |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-03-13|accessdate=2008-07-12] Terrill had once told Mills that he had been interviewed by the intelligence services when he was thinking of a career with the Foreign Office, but later said, "I soon realised that Heather had a somewhat elastic relationship with the truth, which she was able to stretch impressively sometimes".cite web |first=Natalie |last=Clarke |url= http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21372983-5001026,00.html |title= Heather Mills porky test |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-03-13|accessdate=2008-07-12] Terrill also claims that although Mills stated she was a vegetarian at the time, she often cooked her speciality dish for him; Lancashire hotpot(which contains lamb) and her ex sister-in-law, Dianna Karmal, claims that Mills only became a vegetarian after meeting McCartney.cite web |first=Laurie |last=Hanna |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2007/03/16/heather-and-her-porkies-89520-18762306/ |title=Heather and her porkies |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2007-03-16|accessdate=2008-07-19] cite web |first=Male |last=Louise |coauthors=Nash, Emily |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/archive/2006/08/10/exclusive-lady-faker-89520-17538641/ |title=Exclusive: Lady Faker |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2006-08-10|accessdate=2008-07-22]
Relationship with Paul McCartney
Mills met McCartney at the
Dorchester Hotel, during the Pride of Britain Awards event in April 1999,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.prideofbritain.com/ |title=Pride of Britain Awards |publisher= Trinity MirrorGroup |accessdate=2008-07-17] where McCartney presented an award to an animal rights activist, and Mills presented the Outstanding Bravery Award to Helen Smith; also making an appeal on behalf of the Heather Mills Health Trust.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.prideofbritain.com/ContentPages/Winners/1999/helen-smith.aspx |title=Outstanding Bravery Award: Helen Smith |publisher= Trinity MirrorGroup |date=1999 |accessdate=2008-07-17] cite web |first=Robin |last=Young |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article989721.ece |title=I saw her standing there, McCartney explains on TV |publisher= The Times|date= 2000-10-21|accessdate=2008-07-11] McCartney also presented an award dedicated to his late wife, Linda McCartney, and was introduced to Mills by former newspaper editor Piers Morgan. McCartney talked to Mills about donating to her charity—later giving her £150,000.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article392048.ece?token=null&offset=24 |title=Life and Style 2|publisher= The Times|accessdate=2008-07-09] In the autumn of 1999, Mills and her sister recorded "VO!CE"; a song they wrote to raise funds for Mills's charity, with McCartney agreeing to sing backing vocals.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://archive.dailyecho.co.uk/1999/11/24/88503.html |title=Heather gets by with a little help from her friends |publisher= Southern Daily Echo|date= 1999-11-24|accessdate=2008-07-27] After recording the song in Greece (where Mills’ sister lived, running the independent label Coda Records) the sisters stayed overnight at McCartney's estate in Peasmarsh, Sussex, in early November, where McCartney added vocals to the song.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.mcbeatle.de/macca/col/codarcd004.html |title= VOICE (Heather Mills feat. Paul McCartney) |publisher= PLUGGED - the unofficial Paul McCartney homepage |accessdate=2008-07-27] After having sparked the interest of the tabloids about his appearances with Mills at events, McCartney appeared publicly beside her at a party in January 2000, to celebrate her 32nd birthday. [ [http://www.heathermillsmccartney.com/ Heather Mills web page] Retrieved: 2 November 2006] ["Heather Mills." Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group, 2000.]
While on holiday in the
Lake District, McCartney proposed to Mills on 23 July 2001, giving her a £15,000 diamondand sapphirering he had purchased in Jaipur, India, when they were both there on holiday.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1458958.stm |title=Sir Paul: How I proposed |publisher= BBC|date= 2001-07-22|accessdate=2008-07-11] Former escort, Denise Hewitt, then a friend, claims that Mills said she would give McCartney an ultimatum to marry her, and threaten to leave him if he refused. Mills stipulated that McCartney had to agree to stop smoking cannabis before she agreed to marry him, saying that McCartney used the drug "as regularly as others drink cups of tea", and that she has never taken any illegal drugs in her life.cite web |first=Matt |last=Born |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-374831/Its-cannabis-Heather-told-McCartney.html |title=“It's the cannabis or me”, Heather told McCartney |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-01-23|accessdate=2008-07-21] After she gave McCartney her ultimatum, Geoff Baker (McCartney's publicistof 15 years, who often smoked cannabis with McCartney) said, "It'll probably end very soon. I really wouldn't be surprised". In August 2004, McCartney sacked Baker, but did not explain why.cite web |first=Barbara |last=Davies |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/archive/2004/09/18/the-changing-world-of-a-rock-legend-89520-14655445/ |title=The Changing World of a Rock Legend |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2004-09-18|accessdate=2008-07-22]
Mills and McCartney were married on 11 June 2002; four years after McCartney's first wife,
Linda McCartney, had died of breast cancer.cite web |first=Richard |last=Skanse |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/wings/articles/story/5926813/linda_mccartney_dies_at_56 |title=Linda McCartney Dies at 56 |publisher= Rolling Stone|date= 1998-04-20|accessdate=2008-01-26] Their wedding was an elaborate ceremony at Castle Leslie(once the home of Shane Leslie) in the village of Glaslough in County Monaghan, Ireland.cite web |first=Sam |last=Lewis |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/where_to_stay/ireland/article3705127.ece |title=Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland |publisher= The Times|date= 2008-04-09|accessdate=2008-07-21] Mills said that she liked to cook traditional (but meat-free) Christmas dinners for McCartney and as many of his family as possible, and that McCartney had encouraged her to give up her self-confessed addiction to chocolate and Snickersbars.cite web |first=Ingrid |last=Millar |url=http://www.macca-central.com/macca-news/morenews.php?id=963 |title=Heather Mills McCartney in December Interview |publisher= Sainsbury'smagazine |date= 2002-12-29|accessdate=2008-07-21] When asked by chat-show host Larry King(in 2003) how life was with McCartney, Mills replied, “Great, really great”, but also said that she was surprised at how tidy McCartney was: "He always cleans up before the cleaner comes. So I said for a while that's crazy, but what's good is if I cook the dinner, he'll clean everything up." In 2003, McCartney played a concert in Red Square, Russia. Vladimir Putingave Mills and McCartney a tour of the Kremlin.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2935244.stm |title=McCartney plays Red Square |publisher= BBC|date= 2003-05-24|accessdate=2008-07-25] Mills went on every tour with McCartney during their marriage, as McCartney insisted on her accompanying him, with Mills saying that she helped to design the stage sets and lighting, and also helped McCartney to write songs.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2008/03/18/judge-brands-heather-mills-a-less-than-impressive-witness-and-her-evidence-less-than-candid-89520-20355182/ |title=Judge brands Heather Mills 'a less than impressive witness' and her evidence 'less than candid' |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-07-21] McCartney later said that Mills's contribution was giving him an acrylic fingernail to protect a finger on his left hand that often bled after playing guitar.cite web |first=Gordon |last=Rayner |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582046/Heather-Mills'-contribution-to-Paul-McCartney-marriage-an-acrylic-fingernail.html |title=Heather Mills' contribution to Paul McCartney marriage: an acrylic fingernail |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-22] McCartney admitted that Mills inspired him, as "being in love with her makes me want to write songs", such as "Too Much Rain" on " Chaos and Creation in the Backyard",cite web |first=Gary |last=Crowley |url=http://www.macca-central.com/macca-news/morenews.php?id=1816 |title=Paul McCartney Chaos and Creation in the Backyard interview Transcript |publisher=macca-central |accessdate=2008-07-21] and "Your Sunshine" ("She makes me feel glad/I want her so bad") from Memory Almost Full.cite web |first=Chris |last=Dahlen |url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/42799-interview-sir-paul-mccartney |title=Interview: Sir Paul McCartney |publisher=Pitchfork Media |date= 2007-05-21|accessdate=2008-07-24] Another composition inspired by Mills was used as the bridal march at their wedding.
During a "Parkinson" chat show on 22 February 2003, host
Michael Parkinsonasked if it was because of McCartney that Mills did not give any interviews, and she replied that she wanted to protect McCartney, his children, and their privacy. On the same show she said that her previous ectopic pregnancies had damaged her fertility, and that her chances of getting pregnant were small,cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/02_february/21/parky_heather.shtml |title=Heather Mills-McCartney opens her heart to Parkinson in her first British television interview since marrying Paul McCartney |publisher= BBC|date= 2003-02-21|accessdate=2008-07-21] although the couple announced that they were expecting their first child in May 2003.cite web |first= |last= |url= http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0309/22/lkl.00.html |title= CNN LARRY KING LIVE - Interview with Heather Mills McCartney |publisher= CNN|date= 2003-09-22|accessdate=2008-07-24] [cite web|author=Scott, Kirsty|title=That's all right, mama - McCartney to become a father for the fifth time|publisher= The Guardian|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/may/29/thebeatles.arts|date= 2008-05-29|accessdate=2003-07-21] Mills gave birth to Beatrice Milly McCartney on 28 October 2003, who was named after Mills's mother, and McCartney's aunt.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/05/24/entertainment/main555431.shtml |title=Baby Beatrice A Joy For McCartneys |publisher= CBS|date= 2003-10-31|accessdate=2008-07-05] It was later revealed that Mills had suffered a miscarriagein the first year of marriage to McCartney.cite web |first=Caroline |last=Gammell |coauthors=Rayner, Gordon |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2008/03/19/noindex/nmacca1118.xml |title=Heather Mills torn to shreds by Sir Paul McCartney divorce judge |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-07-22] Mills was invited by Larry King to interview Paul Newman, which was broadcast by CNNon 17 April 2004.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.heathermills.org/about.php |title=Heather |publisher=Heather Mills |accessdate=2008-07-22] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0404/17/lkl.00.html |title=Heather McCartney Interviews Paul Newman (Transcript) |publisher= CNN|date= 2004-04-17|accessdate=2008-07-22] McCartney had arranged for Newman to be interviewed by Mills, but critical reactions to the show were mixed.cite web |first=Allegra |last=Stratton |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/18/law.divorce2 |title='She was a less than impressive witness' |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-07-22] Mills appeared on other TV programmes, such as BBC1's Question Time and GMTV, and persuaded McCartney to join her on ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.cite web |first=Alison |last=Boshoff |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-387005/The-real-reason-Macca-snapped.html |title=The real reason Macca snapped |publisher= The Daily Mail|accessdate=2008-07-22]
Although stating that they had a good sex life, Mills started complaining about the marriage to friends, saying that McCartney was “a boring old fart”, and wondering why he had no social life, as well as saying "he has no friends and it's driving me mad." She did not like living at the remote McCartney home in Peasmarsh: "The only thing he [McCartney] ever does is occasionally go to the pub with his roadie. We never have parties or do fun things." After some time apart, Mills and McCartney separated on 17 May 2006.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/may/17/arts.artsnews |title=Paul McCartney and Heather Mills split |publisher=
The Guardian|date= 2006-05-17|accessdate=2008-07-21] In November 2007, Mills gave a number of interviews, saying that the breakdown of the marriage was caused by her husband's daughter, Stella, whom she described as "jealous" and "evil".cite web |first=Sharon |last=Churcher |coauthors=Henderson, Paul |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-494723/Heather-Mills-unleashes-new-tirade-Stella-McCartney.html |title=Heather Mills unleashes new tirade against Stella McCartney |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2007-11-17|accessdate=2008-07-19] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22699241-2,00.html?from=mostpop |title=Stella McCartney evil, says Heather Mills |publisher= Herald Sun|date= 2007-11-04|accessdate=2008-07-17] Mills had previously talked with New York Magazine, saying Stella had once issued a press release confirming how much she liked her new stepmother, although Stella's publicist denied that such a statement had ever been issued.
Anthony Julius, a Mishcon de Reyalawyer,cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-537148/The-transcript-Heather-Mills-court-tirade.html |title=The full transcript of Heather Mills's court tirade |publisher= The Daily Mail|accessdate=2008-07-22] Mills stated she would represent herself in the upcoming divorce hearing,cite web |first=Harry |last=Mount |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/03/21/do2103.xml |title=Only fools represent themselves in court |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2008-03-21|accessdate=2008-07-19] with help from her sister (Fiona) David Rosen (a solicitor-advocate) and Michael Shilub, an American attorney.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/docs/judgments_guidance/judgment_180308.pdf |title=Case No: FD06D03721 |publisher=Royal Courts of Justice |date= 2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-20] In leaked documents, Mills complained that McCartney was often drunk, smoked cannabis, stabbed her with a broken wine glass, pushed her over a table, and pushed her into a bathtub when she was pregnant with their daughter.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.usmagazine.com/node/2985 |title=Paul McCartney/Heather Mills Divorce Shocker: Paul Choked Me |publisher=US Magazine |accessdate=2008-07-22] Referring to her part in the marriage, Mills said that she had been a full-time wife, mother, lover, confidante, business partner and psychologist to McCartney.cite web |first=Jan |last=Moir |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/03/19/do1904.xml |title=Heather Mills is only fooling herself |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-19] McCartney’s lawyers studied Mills’ book: "Life Balance: The Essential Keys to a Lifetime of Wellbeing" (released on 25 May 2006) as it contradicted many of her claims, as when she praised McCartney in the book for "bringing me breakfast in bed every morning, no matter how he feels, and I do the dinner, so we’ve got that agreement. It’s thoughtfulness".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-411589/Heathers-book-tells-different-story-claims-divorce-papers.html |title=Heather's book 'tells a different story' from claims in divorce papers |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-10-20|accessdate=2008-07-22] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Balance-Essential-Lifetime-Wellbeing/dp/0718146670 |title=Life Balance: The Essential Keys to a Lifetime of Wellbeing (Hardcover) |publisher=Michael Joseph Ltd |date= 2006-05-25|accessdate=2008-07-22] Mills's first husband, Karmal, revealed that Mills used to fly into rages, slap him around, and hit and kick him during their marriage, offering to join forces with McCartney and testify against her.cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.nypost.com/seven/10292006/news/worldnews/heathers_first_ex_in_new_slap_worldnews_.htm |title=Heather’s First Ex In New Slap |publisher= New York Post|date= 2006-09-26|accessdate=2008-07-27] Mills's father reconciled with his daughter after meeting her and McCartney, when they introduced him to his granddaughter, Beatrice.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-513904/Heather-Mills-father-claims-plans-leave-country-winning-divorce-cash.html |title=Heather Mills's father claims she plans to leave the country after winning divorce cash |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2008-02-12|accessdate=2008-07-27] After their separation, he said that it "took guts to represent yourself at the High Court", and that he was proud of his daughter, even though he thought she would be “torn to shreds” by McCartney's lawyers.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/breaking-news/2008/02/13/heather-mills-will-leave-uk-after-mccartney-divorce-father-100252-20468800/ |title=Heather Mills will leave UK after McCartney divorce - father |publisher= Liverpool Daily Post|date= 2008-02-13|accessdate=2008-07-20]
The case was heard in court 34 of the
Royal Courts of Justice, on The Strand, in the City of Westminster, London.cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/panoramas/lawcourts_360.shtml |title=Courts of Justice (panorama view) |publisher= BBC|date= 2005-08-17|accessdate=2008-07-24] cite web |first=Richard |last=Simpson |coauthors=Moult, Julie |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-513499/Deal-sight-Paul-Heather-peace-chance.html |title=Deal in sight as Paul and Heather give peace a chance |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2008-02-13|accessdate=2008-07-21] At the start of the proceedings Mills asked for £125 million, but McCartney offered £15.8 million.cite web |first=Stephen Howard |last=Jan Colley |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mills-wins-pound24m-in-mccartney-divorce-deal-796989.html |title=Mills wins £24m in McCartney divorce deal |publisher= The Independent|date= 2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-12] Before the court case, Mills had employed the accountancy firm Lee and Allen to examine McCartney's publishing company, business assets and properties, saying that she had a tape recording of McCartney admitting his true worth, but the presiding judge, Justice Bennett, turned down numerous requests for information by Lee and Allen.cite web |first=Richard |last=Simpson |url=http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,23436627-16601,00.html |title=Heather Mills is trying to prove Sir Paul McCartney is worth much more|publisher= The Advertiser (Bendigo)|date= 2008-03-27|accessdate=2008-07-20] The judge accepted McCartney's assets as being £450 million, and not £800 million, as had been suggested.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-386557/McCartney-faces-200m-divorce-battle.html |title=McCartney faces £200m divorce battle |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-04-18|accessdate=2008-07-15]
Mills stated that she needed approximately £360,000 for personal security, £175,000 for her daughter’s security, £176,000 a year for clothes, and the ownership of four homes:cite web |first=Caroline |last=Gammell |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582028/Heather-Mills-and-Paul-McCartney-divorce-'Ridiculous'-living-expense-claims.html |title=Heather Mills and Paul McCartney divorce: 'Ridiculous' living expense claims |publisher=
The Daily Telegraph|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-20] one in Beverly Hills, one on Long Islandand two in England with a combined value of £5,700,000 as well as £8 million (up to £12,500,000) to buy a home in London, £3 million to buy a home in New York, and £750,000 to buy an office in Brighton, England, for Mills’ sister. She also asked for £1 million for legal expenses, £650,500 a year for donations to charities, £650,400 a year to run seven properties with staff,cite web |first=Charles |last=Miranda |url=http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,,23411221-5003416,00.html |title=Cuckoo Mills fouls own nest |publisher=Queensland Newspapers |date= 2008-03-22|accessdate=2008-07-19] £500,000 a year for holidays, £186,000 a year for chartered helicopters,cite web |first=Esther |last=Addley |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/19/law.divorce |title='Inconsistent, inaccurate, less than candid' evidence |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-20] £43,300 a year for a chauffeur, £20,000 a year for a caregiver, and £191,150 a year for "professional expenses".Mills unexpectedly asked for £40,000 a year for wine (although she rarely drinks alcohol) and £30,000 a year for equestrian activities,cite web |first=Tina |last=Miles |url=http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2008/03/19/heather-mills-fails-to-keep-settlement-details-with-paul-mccartney-secret-100252-20645400/ |title=Heather Mills fails to keep settlement details with Paul McCartney secret |publisher= Liverpool Echo|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-20] but Justice Bennett had to remind her that she did not ride horses anymore.cite web |first=Jo |last=Piazza |url=http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/03/19/2008-03-19_heather_mills_was_paul_mccartneys_fatal_.html |title=Heather Mills was Paul McCartney's fatal attraction |publisher=NYDailyNews |date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-20] Justice Bennett questioned Mills's claim that before she met McCartney she had £2 million to £3 million in bank accounts, so she was asked to produce bank statements to verify the fact. Mills replied that she thought she had them at her home in Brighton, but no bank statements were ever shown to the court, which also cast doubt on her assertion that she gave 80% to 90% of her earned income to charities, as her tax returns (between 1997 and 2000) showed no charitable donations at all.cite web |first=Caroline |last=Gammell |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1582030/Heather-Mills-and-Paul-McCartney-divorce-Questionable-'charity-donations'.html |title=Heather Mills and Paul McCartney divorce: Questionable 'charity donations' |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-20] Near the end of the court case, Mills calmly poured a jug of water over the head of McCartney's solicitor, Fiona Shackleton, shouting, "You're a bitch! You're a traitor to your sex! How could you do this to another woman?" and, "I'm not a loser".cite web |first=James |last=Desborough |coauthors=Singh, Rav |url= http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/2303_macca_and_mucca.shtml |title= Macca meets Mucca in 67 second meeting |publisher= News of the World|accessdate=2008-07-22] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7303266.stm |title=Mills soaked McCartney's lawyer |publisher= BBC|date= 2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-07-11] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.tmz.com/2008/03/18/heather-mills-makes-a-splash-in-court/ |title=Heather Mills Makes a Splash in Court |publisher=TMZ |date= 2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-07-19] The hearing took six days, finishing on 18 February 2008, with the judgment being made public on 17 March 2008. Mills was eventually awarded a lump sum of £16.5m, together with assets of £7.8m, which included the properties she owned at the time.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/mar/17/news.mccartneydivorce |title=Mills awarded £24.3m in settlement, to appeal publication |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-25] The total was £24.3 million, plus payments of £35,000 per annum, for a nannyand school costs for her daughter. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= Mills awarded £24.3m settlement|url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7300931.stm|work= |publisher= BBC|date=2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-03-17 ] In his judgment, Justice Bennett described Mills as a "kindly person" who argued her case with a "steely, yet courteous, determination", but concluded that much of her evidencewas, "not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid", and that overall she was an "unimpressive witness".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2008/401.html |title=England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions |publisher=Bail II |date= 2008-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-11] The divorce was granted on 12 May 2008, and the preliminary divorce decree was finalized six weeks later.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7395872.stm |title=Judge ends McCartney's marriage |publisher= BBC|date= 2008-05-12|accessdate=2008-07-05] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://uk.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUKL122579520080512 |title=McCartney and Mills granted divorce |publisher= Reuters|date= 2008-05-12|accessdate=2008-07-05] Mills pleaded with two High Court judges to keep the full judgment secret, saying that it could make her vulnerable to "crazed" fans of The Beatles.cite web |first=Mark |last=Reynolds |url=http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/38520/Judge-savages-fantasist-Heather |title=Judge Savages Fantasist Heather |publisher= Sunday Express|date= 2008-03-19|accessdate=2008-07-20] She later considered trying to have the gagging order stopping her talking publicly about the case lifted, as the sections released were against her wishes, saying that it would "perhaps be better for the public to see everything".cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,23471379-16601,00.html |title= Paul McCartney's estranged wife Heather Mills is considering trying to get the gagging order lifted on court transcripts from their divorce battle |publisher= The Advertiser (Bendigo)|date= 2008-04-02|accessdate=2008-07-19] Mills later vowed to continue her legal fight to get full transcripts of the divorce court case made publicly available.cite web |first=Mark |last=Jeffries |url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/showbiz/2008/04/12/heather-mills-accuses-sir-paul-mccartney-of-having-3-girlfriends-89520-20380451/ |title=Heather Mills accuses Sir Paul McCartney of having 3 girlfriends |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-20]
After the decision, Mills talked about McCartney: "I will never get over it. I will always love Paul. He is the father of my child, but I just have to move on and deal with it and there is nothing I can do", and went on to say: "I have never spoken badly about my husband. I never will - he is the father of my child."cite web |first=Terry |last=Kirby |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/a-day-in-the-extremely-busy-life-of-privacyloving-heather-mills-440463.html |title=A day in the extremely busy life of privacy-loving Heather Mills |publisher=
The Independent|date= 2007-03-16|accessdate=2008-07-20] Mills later threatened to release tapes of McCartney in therapytalking about problems with his late wife, portraying him as a drug and alcohol addict, and researching McCartney's assets to prove he has more than £400 million.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-491206/Heather-threatens-reveal-Sir-Pauls-therapy-tapes-divorce-battle.html |title=Heather threatens to reveal Sir Paul's 'therapy' tapes in divorce battle |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2007-11-01|accessdate=2008-07-24] A High Court gagging clause preventing Mills talking about McCartney's family life could mean a prison sentence, but McCartney said: "There'll be no more nagging, no more chaos, no more Heather...bliss. I have peace at last."
In 2005, Mills became a patron of the British animal rights organisation Viva!, and the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation, which are both run by
Juliet Gellatley.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/pigs/msdoa.html |title=Day of Action Against M&S’ Use of the Farrowing Crate |publisher= Viva!|accessdate=2008-07-05] In 2006, Mills and Gellatley attended a debate on fur at the Oxford Union, where she presented a video depicting the skinning of a dog. ['Viva! Life' 'Heather Mills McCartney and Paul McCartney, A Statement by Juliet Gellatley, founder and director of Viva! and the Vegetarians and Vegan Foundation', issue 32, Summer 2006.] She posed with her own dog in an anti-fur advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which read: "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear fur".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.furisdead.com/feat-heathermills.asp |title=Heather Mills McCartney Says, “If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog ... Please Don’t Wear Any Fur” in New PETA Ad Campaign |publisher=Fur is Dead |accessdate=2008-07-05]
In March 2006, Mills and McCartney travelled to
Canadato bring attention to the country's annual seal hunt.cite web |first=Peter |last=O’Neil |url=http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=47a2fffd-773b-4a60-a455-9aa4723db70e |title=McCartney joins headliners for Quebec City anniversary |publisher=The Gazette (Montreal) |date= 2008-07-02|accessdate=2008-07-19] Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, they complained that the hunt was inhumane, and called on the Canadian government to put an end to it.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11652309/ |title=McCartneys step into seal hunt controversy |publisher= msnbc|date= 2006-03-03|accessdate=2008-07-20] Their arrival on the floes sparked much attention in Newfoundland and Labrador, where 90 percent of the sealers live. Mills and McCartney protested against seals being clubbed to death, pierced with boat hooks and sometimes skinned alive. Newfoundland and Labrador's Premier, Danny Williams, debated the issue with them on " Larry King Live".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/03/lkl.01.html |title=Interview With Paul McCartney, Heather Mills McCartney |publisher= CNN|date= 2006-03-03|accessdate=2008-07-17] Mills joined a Viva! film team at a pig farm in Somerset, in February 2007, to publicise the use of restrictive farrowing crates, which are used for sows who are suckling piglets.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-442378/Heather-Mills-pig-farm-raid-highlight-cruelty.html |title=Heather Mills in pig farm raid to highlight 'cruelty' |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2007-03-15|accessdate=2008-07-08] A video of the investigation was made available on the Internet.cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.viva.org.uk/heathervideo/index.html |title= Heather Mills Investigates the Farrowing Crate |publisher= Viva!|date= 2007-03-15|accessdate=2008-07-17] Mills's relationship with PETA ended in 2007, when McCartney's daughter, Mary, said she would not continue to take photographs for the organisation if Mills was involved with them.cite web |first=Richard |last=Johnson |url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/03172007/gossip/pagesix/pagesix.htm |title=PETA does without Heather |publisher= New York Post|date= 2007-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-11] cite web |first=Richard |last=Eden |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1541536/Charity-drops-Heather-Mills-for-a-McCartney.html |title=Charity drops Heather Mills for a McCartney |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-02-04|accessdate=2008-07-11] As the McCartney family had been supporters of PETA for many years, a PETA representative told the " New York Post": "Heather's exposé of the Chinese fur industry remains one of most popular videos on our site, but we don't have any imminent campaigns planned with her."cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/03172007/gossip/pagesix/pagesix.htm |title=PETA Does Without Heather |publisher= New York Post|date= 2007-03-17|accessdate=2008-07-05] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1541536/Charity-drops-Heather-Mills-for-a-McCartney.html |title=Charity drops Heather Mills for a McCartney |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-04-02|accessdate=2008-07-05]
Wearing a green t-shirt saying, "Vegan, you can't get greener", Mills spoke in Hyde Park, London, on 19 November 2007, arguing in favour of
veganismon the grounds that livestockcreate more carbon emissions than transport (although she drove a Mercedes four-wheel drivecar to the press conference, keeping the engine running for part of the morning). Mills said: "Eighty percent of global warmingcomes from livestock and deforestation. I'm not telling people to go vegan overnight. But if they stop drinking their cows' milk lattes, maybe this sort of thing won't have to happen."cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.viva.org.uk/mediareleases/display.php?articlepid=112 |title=Heather’s “Drink Rats’ Milk” Claim is Wilful Misreporting, says Viva! |publisher=Viva |date= 2007-11-20|accessdate=2008-07-05] She went on to say: "You have 25 other alternate milks in many health stores and supermarkets. It's kind of bizarre. Why don't we drink rat's milk or dog's milk or cat's milk? You know, there are many, many other options".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-494876/Heather-Mills-latest-bizarre-rant-Why-dont-drink-milk-rats-dogs.html |title=Heather Mills's latest bizarre rant: 'Why don't we drink milk from rats and dogs?' |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2007-11-20|accessdate=2008-07-19] This led " The Daily Telegraph", among others, to report the press conference under the headline, "Drink Rats' Milk, says Heather Mills".cite web |first= |last=|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1569871/Drink-rats%27-milk%2C-says-Heather-Mills.html |title=Drink Rats' Milk, says Heather Mills |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-11-21|accessdate=2008-07-11]
In 2008, an old video surfaced of Mills wearing a
minkcoat she had owned in 1989, but explained to reporters that she had bought it years before becoming involved in animal rights organisations or vegetarianism.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/Heather+Mills-14427.html |title=Heather Mills's fur shock |publisher=Female First |date= 2007-12-03|accessdate=2008-07-17] Although she had separated from McCartney, Mills said: "It's only since I met Paul [McCartney] that I really got to understand how vegetarianism not only benefits your health massively but also makes a huge difference to the planet, to animals, and to feeding the world". [Viva!Life, Issue 29, Summer 2005.] In August 2008, she was honoured by the organization FARM (Farm Animals Reform Movement) with the Celebrity Activist Award.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dawnwatch.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/archive/dw1000000dawnwat/20080801200910/ |title=National Animal Rights Conference Aug 14-18 |publisher=Dawn Watch |date= 2008-08-01|accessdate=2008-08-20]
Media image and criticism
Mills's relationship with McCartney triggered considerable media interest,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4239341.stm |title=McCartney attacks wife's critics |publisher=
BBC|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-05] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3491927.stm |title=McCartney 'defends wife Heather'|publisher= BBC|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-05] but after her divorce, the attitude of the British media was hostile, as Mills was accused of embellishing her life story, being a former prostitute, a shoplifter, and of having married McCartney for his money.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.channel4.com/video/heather-mills-what-really-happened/catchup.html?intcmp=homepage_box5 |title=Heather Mills: What Really Happened |publisher= Channel 4|date= 2008-04-23|accessdate=2008-07-11] Mills frequently accuses the press of misquoting her, and of using material out of context to give a negative impression of her, telling the "Evening Standard" that the claims that she had married McCartney for his money were more hurtful than losing her leg.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6171910.stm |title=Mills: Split worse than limb loss |publisher= BBC|date= 2006-11-22|accessdate=2008-07-07]
Mills has been accused by several newspapers of having embellished her life story: Journalist Heather Mills, then at "
The Observer", accused Mills of impersonating her for over a year in the late 1990s, showing people cuttings of articles the journalist had written,cite web |first=Ben |last=Hoyle |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article609895.ece |title=Heather Mills stole my name, says journalist |publisher= The Times|date= 2006-10-23|accessdate=2008-07-11] which helped Mills secure a job presenting "The General" TV show, which was a BBC programme about Southampton General Hospital.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-411988/Why-Heather-Mills-pretended-me.html |title=Why Heather Mills pretended to be me |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-10-22|accessdate=2008-07-20] There were also doubts about Mills’ claim that she had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize(because the Heather Mills Health Trust had given gave away thousands of prosthetic limbs to landmine victims) but the nomination can not be proven because the identities of all nominees are a secret for 50 years. Stapely disputed Mills's statement that her mother had nearly lost a leg in a car crash, after Mills said, "her leg was only hanging on by a tiny flap of skin and flesh... miraculously the surgeons managed to insert a metal plate and reattach it". Stapely said that Mills's mother had suffered a leg injury after a car crash, but recovered and was "a keen tennis player".
Mills said that she had once been asked to stand for parliament by the three main political parties, and had been offered a
peeragein 2001 (to become Baroness Mills) by the then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and a certain "Lord Macdonald". An ITVdocumentary ("McCartney vs McCartney: The Ex Files") interviewed three Lord Macdonalds, but not one of them could remember ever meeting Mills.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/people/heather-claims-blair-offered-her-peerage/2008/03/26/1206207163866.html |title=I was offered peerage: Mills |publisher=The Sydney Morning Herald |date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-08] Mills stated that she was once awarded the "Outstanding Young Person of the Year" award by the British Chambers of Commerce,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/ |title=The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national body for a powerful and influential Network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK |publisher=The British Chambers of Commerce |accessdate=2008-07-17] but did not challenge newspapers after they discovered there was no such award.cite web |first=Paul |last=Vallely |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/heather-mills-mccartney-secrets-and-lies-478927.html |title=Heather Mills McCartney: Secrets and lies |publisher= The Independent|date= 2006-05-20|accessdate=2008-07-12]
Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi businessman, and Kerry Packerwere named in the "News of the World" as former clients of Mills when she allegedly worked as an escort.cite web |first=Ean |last=Higgins |url=http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23589000-2,00.html |title=James Packer denies Heather Mills was Kerry's callgirl |publisher=News |date= 2008-04-24|accessdate=2008-07-07] The newspaper provided an affidavitfrom escort girl Hewitt, who said she worked with Mills providing sexual services, and that Mills boasted of earning up to £10,000 in a single night.cite web |first=Matt |last=Born |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-390174/Heather-high-class-hooker-paid-thousands.html |title='Heather was a high-class hooker paid thousands' |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2006-06-12|accessdate=2008-07-15] To substantiate its claims, the "News of the World" questioned Abdul Khoury, who was Khashoggi's personal secretary from 1977 to 2005. Khoury affirmed the veracity of reports that Mills provided erotic services to Khashoggi, although Packer's son denied that his late father had been involved. "The Daily Mail" produced accounts of other friends of Mills affirming that she had worked as an escort on other occasions.cite web |first=Laura |last=Collins |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-390135/Heather-just-stood-naked-unashamed-unabashed.html |title=Heather just stood there, naked, unashamed and unabashed |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-15] Through her lawyers, she denied ever having been an escort, and said she would sue as soon as her divorce was concluded.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2006/06/13/mills-mccartney-tabloids.html |title=Mills McCartney to sue over 'defamatory' allegations |publisher=CBC |date= 2006-06-13|accessdate=2008-07-15]
In October 2006, Mills announced her intention to sue "The Daily Mail", "The Sun", and the "Evening Standard".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5069220.stm |title=Heather Mills denies paper claims |publisher=
BBC|date= 2006-06-11|accessdate=2008-07-07] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6081050.stm |title=Lady McCartney to sue newspapers |publisher= |date= 2006-10-24|accessdate=2008-07-07] All the newspapers said that the stories "were obtained by proper methods and in accordance with good journalistic practice".cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/ny-millsmccartney1024,0,2529920.story |title=Heather Mills McCartney to sue two tabloids |publisher= AM New York, Associated Press|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-24] "The Sun", which regularly refers to Mills as "Mucca"—a play on McCartney's nickname "Macca"—responded by asking her to "tick the boxes" on a series of allegations the newspaper had made, stating, "It is not clear what exactly she plans to sue us about". Underneath the open questions, "The Sun" listed six allegations about her, with a blank box beside each one. The words beside the boxes read: "Hooker, Liar, Porn Star, Fantasist, Trouble Maker, Shoplifter".cite web |first=Tara |last=Conlan |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/oct/25/pressandpublishing.privacy1 |title=Sun turns up the heat on Mills McCartney |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2006-10-26|accessdate=2008-07-07]
In December 2006, Mills told the
BBCthat she had received death threats, and on 17 December 2006, police stated that a "non-specific threat" had been made to her safety.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6187753.stm |title=Police brief Mills over 'threat' |publisher= BBC|date= 2006-12-17|accessdate=2008-07-08] This led to more criticism that she was calling out the emergency services too often. In March 2007, Kevin Moore, Chief Superintendent of Sussex Police, said that Mills was running "the risk of being treated as the little boy who cried wolf",cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/6454163.stm |title=Police criticise Mills's 999 calls |publisher= BBC|date= 2007-03-15|accessdate=2008-07-07] and added, "We do have to respond to a disproportionate high volume of calls from Heather Mills McCartney because of the situations she finds herself in, and this is regrettable as it takes officers away from other policing matters". Mills responded that the police had told her to contact them whenever she was being harassed.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6197754.stm |title=Mills's fear over 'death threats' |publisher= BBC|date= 2006-12-01|accessdate=2008-07-08] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6453707.stm |title=Mills is 'not a publicity seeker' |publisher= BBC|date= 2007-03-15|accessdate=2008-07-08]
During several interviews in October 2007, Mills accused the media of giving her "worse press than a paedophile or a
murderer".cite web |first=Will |last=Pavla |url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article2781347.ece |title=I’ve been treated worse than a paedophile or murderer, claims Heather Mills |publisher= The Times|date= 2007-11-01|accessdate=2008-07-17] She also criticised the media over the treatment of Diana, Princess of Wales—who, according to Mills, was "chased and killed" by paparazzi—and of Kate McCann.cite web |first=Nicole |last=Martin|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/10/31/mills331.xml |title=Heather Mills in tears over 'abuse' |publisher= The Daily Telegraph|date= 2007-10-31|accessdate=2008-07-17] Immediately before giving these interviews, her PRadviser, Phil Hall, quit.cite web |first=Chris |last=Tryhorn |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/oct/31/marketingandpr.television?gusrc=rss&feed=media |title=Mills splits with PR adviser |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2007-10-31|accessdate=2008-07-09] In 2008, a survey commissioned by "Marketing" magazine showed Mills as one of the top five most hated celebrity women, along with Amy Winehouse, Victoria Beckhamand Kerry Katona.cite web |first=Finlo |last=Rohrer |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7402907.stm |title=Does this picture make you angry? |publisher= BBC|date= 2008-05-16|accessdate=2008-07-19]
Criticism of press coverage
In 2002, Mills accepted damages of £50,000 plus costs from the "
Sunday Mirror", after a false report that the Charity Commissionhad investigated her about the money she raised for the Indian earthquake victims appeal in 2001.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1155464.stm |title=Indian earthquake victims remembered |publisher= BBC|date= 2001-02-07|accessdate=2008-08-04] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2209190.stm |title=Mills accepts libel damages |publisher= BBC|date= 2002-06-22|accessdate=2008-07-08] The extent and nature of the British press coverage of Mills has been criticised, as in May of 2003, when columnist Matt Seaton ("The Guardian") wrote a piece declaring, "There is little that is edifying in the symbolic lynching of Heather [Mills] . The poisonous judgmentalism that drives it is in the worst tradition of small town gossip. It is prurient, spiteful, hypocritical, and we should cry 'shame' on it." Publicist Mark Borkowski wrote in the "Independent on Sunday", on 23 March 2008: "Not since the cult of Myra Hindleyhave we encountered so much vitriol aimed at one woman."cite web |first=Mark |last=Borkowski |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-the-split-then-the-court-fight-what-now-for-ms-mills-799518.html |title=First the split, then the court fight. What now for Ms Mills? |publisher=Independent |date= 2008-03-23|accessdate=2008-07-08] Feministwriter Natasha Walterhas compared the coverage to that of Britney Spears.cite web |first=Kira |last=Cochrane |url=http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,,2266631,00.html |title=Why we love to hate Heather |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2008-03-20|accessdate=2008-07-08] Terence Blackerwrote that public figures who are young, female, pretty and fair-haired, are often subjected to public bullying which is explained as "intense media interest", such as Diana, Princess of Wales, Paula Yates, Ulrika Johnsson, and Mills.cite web |first=Terence |last=Blacker |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/terence-blacker/terence-blacker-heather-mills-is-right-ndash-she-is-a-victim-of-bullying-398632.html |title=Terence Blacker: Heather Mills is right – she is a victim of bullying |publisher= The Independent|date= 2007-11-02|accessdate=2008-07-12] Kira Cochrane, in "The Guardian", said that "every misogynist epithet available" has been used against Mills. "She has somehow become the vessel through which it is acceptable for both pundits and the public to express their very worst feelings about women." Joan Smith, writing in " The Independent", said that newspaper "Bullies love a weakling"; quoting the " Daily Mirror"'s front page headline: "Lady Liar", and "The Sun" newspaper writing "Pornocchio"cite web |first=Virginia |last=Wheeler |coauthors=Flynn, Brian |url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article936002.ece |title=Heather's land of Mucc believe |publisher= The Sun|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-20] over Mills's face (in reference to Pinocchio's nose getting longer when he lied, and her past photographs).cite web |first=Joan |last=Smith |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/joan-smith/joan-smith-bullies-love-a-weakling-ndash-and-heather-fits-the-bill-798315.html |title=Joan Smith: Bullies love a weakling – and Heather fits the bill |publisher= The Independent|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-12] Smith went on to say that Mills had "dreamt of becoming the wife of a famous man but did not realise that he had fantasies of his own, marrying an attractive younger woman when he hadn't got over the loss of his first wife. Mills behaved foolishly when the marriage failed but she does not deserve the treatment she has had in the mass-market press. It is merciless bullying of an unstable, vulnerable woman." Mills has complained that over 4,400 abusive articles about her have been published.
Mills lives in
Robertsbridge, Sussex,cite web |first=Alex |last=Peake |url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article58163.ece |title=Mucca's to the manor barn |publisher= The Sun|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-22] and in an exclusive part of Hove, East Sussex.cite web |first=Kerry |last=Newman |url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-515232/Who-colour-ordinate-bras-The-bizarre-world-Heather-Mills.html |title=Who will colour co-ordinate my bras? The bizarre world of Heather Mills |publisher= The Daily Mail|date= 2008-02-18|accessdate=2008-07-22] cite web |first=Justice |last=Bennett |url=http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/03/18/heather-mills-and-paul-mccartney-full-judge-s-ruling-64375-20641038/ |title=Heather Mills and Paul McCartney: Full Judge's ruling |publisher= Liverpool Daily Post|date= 2008-03-18|accessdate=2008-07-20] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entertainment/heather+to+get+70+million/612952 |title=Heather 'to get £70 million' |publisher= Channel 4|date= 2007-07-20|accessdate=2008-07-20] She continues to campaign for amputees, in addition to promoting the distribution of prostheses around the world, and has been involved with the development of the Heather Mills McCartney Cosmesis,cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.dorset-ortho.co.uk/index.php?topic=0054 |title=Heather's Cosmesis |publisher=Dorset Orthopaedic Company Limited |accessdate=2008-07-19] which gives amputees in America the chance to wear a Dorset Orthopaedic cosmesis, without having to travel to the UK.cite web |first=Julia |last=Day |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/sep/04/marketingandpr?commentpage=1 |title=Mills McCartney set to become a trademark |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2003-09-04|accessdate=2008-07-08] Mills is also vice-president of the Limbless Association.cite web |first=Esther |last=Addley |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/aug/01/Iraqandthemedia.iraq |title=Ali's story |publisher= The Guardian|date= 2003-08-01|accessdate=2008-07-24] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.limbless-association.org/ |title=25th Anniversary |publisher= Limbless Association|accessdate=2008-07-08] In 2003, the Open Universityawarded her an honorary doctorate for her philanthropic work on behalf of amputees.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www3.open.ac.uk/events/1/2003331_52351_nr.doc |title= Honorary Graduates Of The Open University 2003 |publisher= The Open University|date= 2003-03-27|accessdate=2008-07-08] In 2004, she received a "Children in Need" award from the annual International Charity Gala in Düsseldorf, and in the same year, the University of California, Irvinegave her their 2004 Human Security Award, and created the Heather Mills McCartney Fellowship in Human Security to support graduate students conducting research on pressing human security issues.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.cusa.uci.edu/fellowships.htm#Heather_Mills_McCartney_Graduate_Fellowship_in_Human_Security |title=Heather Mills McCartney Graduate Fellowship in Human Security |publisher=Center for Unconventional Security Affairs |accessdate=2008-07-08] She is a former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Association Adopt-A-Minefield programme.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.landmines.org/docUploads/Complete%20Press%20Kit.pdf |title=Adopt-A-Minefield (p5) |publisher=A Program of the United Nations Association of the USA |accessdate=2008-07-11] cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.landmines.org/about/goodwillambassadors/ |title= Goodwill Ambassador Paul McCartney |publisher= Adopt-A-Minefield|accessdate=2008-07-24]
Mills was one of the celebrity performers showcased during the U.S. television series "Dancing with the Stars" in 2007.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17257926/ |title=Heather Mills set to go ‘Dancing with the Stars’ |publisher=The Associated Press |date=
2007-02-21|accessdate=2008-07-11] She was eliminated from the show in the sixth week of competition on 24 April 2007, donating £50,000 of her £110,000 fee for appearing on the show to Viva!,cite web |first=Cindy |last=Clark |url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2008-03-17-mccartney-mills-timeline_N.htm |title= McCartney and Mills from the beginning |publisher= USA Today|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-07-17] although she had previously said that she would donate her entire fee to animal rights groups.cite web |first=Roger |last=Friedman |url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/20/heather-mills-charitable_n_92527.html |title=Heather Mills's Charitable Deceit: She Kept Half Her "Dancing" Money |publisher= The Huffington Post|date= 2008-04-12|accessdate=2008-03-20] On 1 December 2007, Neil Simpson published "The Unsinkable Heather Mills: The Unauthorized Biography of the Great Pretender".cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.whatgoeson.com/news/200801161302/heather-mills-unauthorized-biography-of-the-great-pretender.html |title=Heather Mills: Unauthorized Biography of the Great Pretender |publisher=Walrus Media |date= 2008-01-16|accessdate=2008-07-16] cite web |first=Neil |last=Simpson |url=http://www.amazon.com/Unsinkable-Heather-Mills-Unauthorized-Biography/dp/1597775576/ref=sr_11_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1216238665&sr=11-1 |title=The Unsinkable Heather Mills: The Unauthorized Biography of the Great Pretender (Hardcover)|publisher=Phoenix Books; Ill edition (December 1, 2007) |date= 2007-12-01|accessdate=2008-07-16]
When McCartney planned a holiday with Beatrice at La Gazelle d'Or hotel in
Moroccoduring April 2008, Mills faxed eight pages of instructions to the hotel on what her daughter should and cannot eat. She was insistent that Beatrice’s strict vegan diet should be adhered to, and was "driving the hotel staff mad, faxing both the head chef and manager instructions and recipe suggestions for Bea". McCartney was furious, as he had successfully brought up his children as vegetarians.cite web |first=Clemmie |last=Moodie |url= http://www.mirror.co.uk/showbiz/latest/2008/04/09/heather-mills-insists-daughter-bea-given-special-diet-89520-20377358/ |title= Heather Mills insists daughter Bea given special diet |publisher= Daily Mirror|date= 2008-04-09|accessdate=2008-07-22] McCartney suggested taking his daughter, Beatrice, on a world tour in 2008, but Mills insisted on rules that would have to be followed: she would accompany her daughter for the 14 months in a private jet, and no swearing would be allowed by musicians or road crew in front of her daughter.cite web |first=James |last=Desborough |url=http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/2004_dozy_mucca.shtml |title=Paul McCartney to take Heather Mills on a world tour |publisher= News of the World|accessdate=2008-07-24] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.showbizspy.com/2008/04/26/heather-mills-draws-up-rules-for-paul-mccartney-tour/ |title=Heather Mills draws up rules for Paul McCartney tour |publisher=Showbiz Spy |accessdate=2008-07-24]
In June 2008, Mills was asked to talk at a New York party about the cruelty of puppy farms and to promote her book about animals, but was angry about the guests speaking over her speech, saying: "Listen up at the back. I haven’t been up for 24 hours and flew here from London to be ignored."cite web |first= |last= |url= http://www.welt.de/english-news/article2083029/Heather_Mills_reportedly_flew_into_a_rage_when_partygoers_refused_to_listen_to_her_speech..html |title= Heather Mills reportedly flew into a rage when partygoers refused to listen to her speech |publisher=Welt Online |date=
2008-06-09|accessdate=2008-07-08] Mills's former publicist of four years, Michele Elyzabeth, decided to cease representing her on 25 July 2008.cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.welt.de/english-news/arti2249805/Heather_Mills_publicist_resigns.html |title=Heather Mills's publicist resigns |publisher=Welt Online |date= 2008-07-25|accessdate=2008-07-25] cite web |first= |last= |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,391051,00.html |title= Ex-Publicist Agrees With British Press About Heather Mills |publisher= FOX News Network|date= 2008-07-25|accessdate=2008-07-25]
* "Life Balance: The Essential Keys to a Lifetime of Well Being", with Ben Noakes (2006). ISBN 0-7181-4667-0
* [http://www.heathermills.org/ Heather Mills]
* [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-513904/Heather-Mills-father-claims-plans-leave-country-winning-divorce-cash.html Photo of Mark Mills; Heather Mills's father]
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