Wednesday 22 February 2017

10 most explosive things we've learned about Heather Mills since divorcing Paul McCartney

Published 23/04/2016 | 16:17

Musician Sir Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills attends the Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala hosted by Paul McCartney at the Century Plaza Hotel on October 15, 2004 in Century City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Musician Sir Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills attends the Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala hosted by Paul McCartney at the Century Plaza Hotel on October 15, 2004 in Century City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Heather Mills arrives at the High Court in central London, on February 12, 2008
Heather Mills talks to reporters at the High Court on March 17, 2008 in London, England. Heather Mills has been awarded ?24.3m in her divorce settlement with Sir Paul McCartney. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
British pop-star Paul McCartney (R) and Heather Mills pose for photographers in Hollywood, 24 March 2002
Heather Mills attends the World Premiere of StreetDance 3D at Empire Leicester Square on May 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Musician Paul McCartney and fashion designer Stella McCartney attend the Natural Resources Defense Council's 11th Annual `Forces For Nature' Benefit at 583 Park Avenue on March 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Singer Sir Paul McCartney and his fiance model Heather Mills signals to the news media at Castle Leslie June 10, 2002 in Glaslough Village, County Monaghan
Musician Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills attend the Fifth Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala night held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 15, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Heather Mills in her early modelling days
Heather Mills dancing at 'An Evening With Suggs And Friends' in aid of pancreatic cancer at Emirates Stadium on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (R) arrives at London's High Court, on March 17, 2008, with his legal representative Fiona Shackleton.

Beatles legend Paul McCartney’s divorce from former model Heather Mills was one of the most explosive in showbiz history.

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Their relationship was fraught with drama since their first meeting in 1999 to their final day in divorce court in 2008. Author Philip Norman details the highs and lows in his new book Paul McCartney: The Biography, which has been serialised with impossibly juicy excerpts in the Daily Mail.

Here are some of Heather's most talked about moments during their relationship...

1. They first met at the Pride of Britain Awards in 1999.


He was still mourning the loss of his wife of 29 years Linda, who died of breast cancer in 1998. Heather was engaged to filmmaker Chris Terrill, whom she soon broke it off with to be with Paul.

2. Heather really, really didn’t like Stella McCartney.


"Every week [Stella] tried to break up our marriage. She was so jealous. She wasn’t interested in her dad’s happiness. I can’t protect her any longer. She’s done some evil, evil things," Heather said of her former step-daughter. Apparently she wasn’t happy because Stella would only give her a 10% discount on her clothing line.

3. She's been caught in a few lies.  

Details of her early modelling career are pretty sketchy. Heather claimed to be a €250,000 per year catwalk model with little to no evidence to support the claims.

4. Heather’s ex-husband Alfie Karmal questioned the authenticity of much of the claims made in her autobiography and beyond.


According to Norman, Alfie said:  “She told me so many fibs that if she’d said it was raining, I would have checked.”

5. Heather claimed every man proposed to her within seven days of meeting.


6. She was given a serious allowance during their marriage.


McCartney had given Heather an annual allowance of €460,000, a credit card and jewellery totalling €338,000. She was also given €641,000 to buy an office in West London.

7. Her settlement was a little less than what she expected.


After firing her lawyer, Heather decided to represent herself and demanded a €4.2m a year settlement, totalling over €100m. This was to support the lifestyle she had grown accustomed to during her marriage – including €640,000 for holidays, €160,000 for clothes, €38,000 for "equestrian activities" despite the the fact she no longer rode. 

8. She ended up getting €31m – including properties in the UK and New York.


9. Heather famously poured a jug of water over Paul’s attorney Fiona Shackleton after her settlement was announced.


10. Heather spent the settlement in just 22 months.


“Most of it’s been given to charity, gone into ethical businesses or paid for a couple of -properties for my daughter’s future security,” she said.  “I could never sit with millions of pounds in the bank that could make matters change.


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