Heather Mills
Former glamour model, activist, skier, second wife of Paul McCartney
Heather Mills
Heather Anne Mills is a former model, English charity campaigner and the ex-wife of former Beatles member, Sir Paul McCartney. In 1993, in London, England, Mills was struck by a police motorbike and suffered serious injuries which resulted in the loss of her left leg from six inches below the knee. She subsequently 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.
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The Panama Papers draw a blank on Fergie and Heather Mills
Guardian (UK) - 11 months
Dig all you like on these two, but you’ll surely find nothing Huzzah for Duchess Fergie and Heather Mills, who make somewhat scene-stealing entries to the Panama Papers. We begin with Fergie, who appeared in this column last week as the inaugural subject of an employment news series entitled “You’re A What Now?” The occasion was her unveiling as the ambassador for a lifestyle app. Continue reading...
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Laila Ali: My Dad Tried To Talk Me Out Of Becoming A Boxer
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Guantanamo September 11 Detainee Suggests Becoming His Own Lawyer
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Dominating the Guantanamo war court today was yesterday's suggestion by Walid Bin Attash that he represent himself. He's accused of organizing an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan where two of the September 11, 2001 hijackers trained, and charged with murder and a series of other crimes related to that mass killing more than 14 years ago. Almost everyone I've heard here at Guantanamo thinks representing yourself, or going "pro se," is a mistake if you want to win your case, and it seldom turns out well. (Ben Franklin is reported to have said, "The man who defends himself in court has a fool for a lawyer and an imbecile for a client.") Underwear bomber Umar Farouok Abdulmattab tried representing himself and ended up pleading guilty. Mafia boss Enrico Ponzo told his judge he could represent himself because he was self-taught in the law "like Abraham Lincoln," before being sentenced to 28 years. When Paul McCartney's ex Heather Mills opted to represent herself in their divorce case, she repo ...
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Heather Mills targets 200km/h skiing barrier
CNN - almost 2 years
Imagine traveling down a ski slope at 200km/h (124mp/h.) Now imagine doing so on one leg.
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Rebekah Brooks Allegedly Said Phone Hacking Was 'Easy'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
* Brooks denies knowledge of phone-hacking at Murdoch paper * Witness says Brooks described hacking as "easy" over lunch * Brooks' lawyer accuses witness of lying to jury By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group, told Eimear Cook, the ex-wife of golfer Colin Montgomerie, it was "easy" to listen to other people's voicemails, Cook told a London court on Monday. Brooks, who is on trial alongside seven other defendants, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to phone-hacking at the News of the World tabloid when she was editor, illegal payments to officials for stories and impeding police inquiries. The prosecution told the jury earlier in the trial that the comments made by Brooks to Cook over lunch in 2005 about intercepting voicemails showed the editor had known that phone-hacking was going on under her w ...
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Prosecutor: Phone Hacking Reporters Targeted Prince William, Harry
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — A prosecutor gave jurors juicy details of tabloid misbehavior at Britain's phone hacking trial on Friday, describing how journalists targeted celebrities, government ministers and even Princes William and Harry. The never-ending demand for royal stories at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids led employees to hack voicemail messages left by the princes, target senior aides and pay thousands of pounds for a photo of Prince William in a bikini, prosecutor Andrew Edis said. Journalists at Murdoch's News of the World routinely used phone hacking to back up tips and find evidence for stories, he said — using a "perfectly rational but entirely illegal system." In three days of opening statements, Edis has taken the jury at London's Central Criminal Court on a methodical journey through the "dog-eat-dog" tabloid battle for scoops. Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both 45; Brooks' husband Charles and five former staff of Murdoch's Brit ...
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Winter Games NZ - Day 8: IPC Alpine Adaptive Slalom World Cup
Yahoo News - over 3 years
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 22: Heather Mills of Great Britain poses on the podium after finishing second in the Womens Slalom Standing LW4 race during the IPC Alpine Adaptive Slalom World Cup on day eight of the Winter Games NZ on August 22, 2013 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
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Nigella Wants 'Swift And Amicable' Divorce
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi have declared that neither of them will make a financial claim against the other in their divorce proceedings. The couple - both worth millions - said the divorce will be "undefended" and a decree nisi will be pronounced before the end of this month. The pair separated in the aftermath of a photograph being published in which Saatchi was seen holding his wife by her throat, and he agreed to accept a police caution for assault as a result. Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi They also confirmed that Fiona Shackleton - who represented Sir Paul McCartney during his divorce from Heather Mills - was working on behalf of Nigella to bring the matter to a "swift and amicable" conclusion. A statement issued on behalf of the former couple said: "Following the separation of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi there has been much inaccurate speculation in the press over the weekend. "Nigella and Charles would like to clarify the position. ...
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‘Devious Maids’ Premiere: Murder Brings A Mysterious Stranger To Town
Hollywood Life - over 3 years
Murder! Mayhem! Mops! Lifetime’s new prime-time soap is more than just your average guilty pleasure. Those hoping Marc Cherry‘s Devious Maids would indeed be the second coming of Desperate Housewives should be pretty pleased with themselves after the show’s June 23 series premiere. The man who pulled the strings on Wisteria Lane, along with co-executive producer Eva Longoria, have truly crafted the perfect summer mystery drama — as bitingly funny as it is dangerously addictive. Marisol (Ana Ortiz) is the new maid in town, having just taken a job with the Stappords. But the real fun begins when she also volunteers to assist the Powells, whose maid Flora was brutally murdered within the first five minutes of the pilot. And because this is a Marc Cherry creation, Marisol has a mysterious connection to the late-great Flora — but, of course, we don’t find that out until the end of the episode. It turns out Marisol’s son is the waiter who stands accused of Lupe’s murder! A nasty little ...
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Veteran turned advocate seeks claims change
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Veteran turned advocate seeks claims change Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 7:12 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2012 Huffman is targeting the policy for claims, revised in 2007, that says a veteran can hire a lawyer for a fee only after a claim has been rejected. Huffman now has nearly 2,000 veteran clients and estimates that he's helped several times as many in the last dozen years. "[...] 2006 or 2007, you couldn't hardly find me in the phone book," Huffman said. Groups like the Disabled American Veterans provide service officers to help veterans file benefit claims for free. Huffman also argues that these groups don't have the funding to obtain a veteran's medical records, or to arrange for an opinion from a physician or specialist. Joe Violante of the Disabled American Veterans said its 250 or so nationa ...
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Paul McCartney: Yoko Ono did not break up the Beatles
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
After 50 years, the singer tells David Frost that Brian Epstein's successor was to blame for rock'n'roll's most famous split It was almost 50 years ago and in black and white that a fresh-faced David Frost interviewed a baby-faced Paul McCartney and asked him what the future held. "I'd like to retire soon, and the way things are going I might be able to," said McCartney. Five decades on and neither man has retired, both have reached their 70s, been knighted, and now meet again for one of the longest interviews the former Beatle has ever given. In the hour-long programme to be broadcast on Frost's television show next month, McCartney lets it be known that Yoko Ono did not break up the Beatles, that he remains still a working-class boy despite his fame and fortune, and that his marriage to Heather Mills is not something he likes talking about. His second marriage does not feature in the interview; photographs show only his 1969 wedding to Linda Eastman then jump to his third marriag ...
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Phone hacking suits hit Piers Morgan's old tabloid
Fox News - over 4 years
Four alleged phone hacking victims have filed suit against the publisher of Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, a tabloid once edited by CNN presenter Piers Morgan, a prominent lawyer said late Monday. As far as is publicly known, the lawsuits are the first to hit a publication outside Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. empire and could mark the further expansion of a scandal which has already tarnished a big chunk of Britain's establishment. Mark Lewis said the new suits had been filed against the Trinity Mirror Group at Britain's High Court. He confirmed the claimants' identities — former England soccer coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, soccer star David Beckham's family nanny Abbie Gibson, former Blackburn Rovers soccer team captain Garry Flitcroft, and U.K. television actress Shobna Gulati — but gave few other details. Britain's Judicial Office said it had no details on the suits. Trinity Mirror spokesman Nick Fullagar did not immediately return messages seeking co ...
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'Not a level playing field,' says Lisa Dobriskey after 1500m defeat
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Briton voices concern after loss to runner who served doping ban, while US women's 4x100m break long-standing record On another dramatic night at the Olympics the US women's 100m relay team spectacularly broke the world record set in 1985 by East Germany. But there was controversy when British middle-distance runner Lisa Dobriskey, who finished 10th in the women's 1,500m final behind a Turkish runner who served a two-year suspension for doping after the 2004 junior world championships, voiced concern that she was not "competing on a level playing field". Dobriskey said: "I'll probably get into trouble for saying this, but I don't believe I'm competing on a level playing field." Asli Çakir Alptekin led a Turkish one-two to win the country's first track and field gold, finishing ahead of her compatriot Gamze Bulut in a slow race. After an 800m from Kenya's David Rudisha on Thursday that London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said was the best he had ever seen, the US women's 100m relay team ...
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Eight Charged in Murdoch Hacking Scandal
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Paul McCartney was considered fair game, so was his estranged wife Heather Mills So was Jude Law and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. After more than a year in the headlines, eight of Rupert Murdoch’s reporters and editors here in Britain have been charged with...
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Say it ain't so: Former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 70, still charming fans around the world
Fox News - over 4 years
Paul McCartney can still rock at 70 — what more could a former Beatle want? He celebrated his birthday in private Monday, perhaps resting up between gigantic gigs this summer, but is showing no sign of slowing down as his music is passed down to generations too young to have seen him in Wings, much less the Beatles. Once a pot-smoking counterculture rebel, "Sir Paul" is very much part of the British establishment now, closing Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert earlier this month with a mix of favorites that included a raucous "All My Loving," one of the Beatles' first smash hits. He's also preparing for a featured role closing the London Olympics opening ceremony on July 27 — just another global audience measuring a billion or more for one of the most popular performers in pop history. Even McCartney may be a bit nervous for that one, but he won't be short of material: Consider a back catalogue that includes " ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Heather Mills
  • 2013
    Age 45
    On 17 December 2013, it was announced that Mills would miss the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was asked to leave due to a fall out and complaints about her behaviour towards officials. On 4 June 2010, a claim for compensation alleging sexual and maternity discrimination and unfair dismissal was brought by Sara Trumble, who had been employed as a nanny for Mills' daughter since April 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The case was dismissed at Ashford Employment Tribunal Centre, Kent, with the tribunal concluding that all of Trumble's claims were unfounded. Employment judge Steven Vowles said that "Mills' kindness towards Miss Trumble showed that she genuinely cared about her as both an employee and a friend".
    In May 2013 she sold the restaurant premises to local record producer Fatboy Slim and opened a new, enlarged VBites in East Street in Brighton.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    After her marriage to McCartney, Mills became involved in animal rights advocacy and as of 2012 is a patron of Viva!
    More Details Hide Details Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals) and the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation. She is also vice-president of the Limbless Association. Heather Mills was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, to John "Mark" Francis Mills, a former British paratrooper, and his wife, Beatrice Mary Mills, née Finlay, who was the daughter of a colonel in the British Army. Her father was adopted at age 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. Her mother was born in India, during World War II, but was educated at English boarding schools. They 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. Beatrice spoke several languages and played the piano, and Mark played banjo and guitar, liked photography (winning an Evening Standard award), and took part in numerous sports. He was very fond of animals (working for the RSPCA for 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 owned by Mark's parents in Libanus, near Brecon.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    In May 2011, Hello! magazine ran an article about her ambitions for the 2014 Paralympic Games as well as her efforts to stay fit and healthy with her vegan lifestyle following the accident.
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    On 5 May 2011, The Guardian reported that Mills had met with officers from the London Metropolitan Police who showed her evidence, seized from private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, which could form the basis of a claim against the News of the World for breach of privacy over alleged phone hacking.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    On 21 December 2009, she was revealed as one of the contestants on the fifth series of Dancing on Ice, being paired with Matt Evers.
    More Details Hide Details Mills was part of a series of body cast sculptures by the contemporary British sculptor, Louise Giblin in 2012.
    In 2009, Mills bought the vegan food company VBites Foods (then known as Redwood Foods).
    More Details Hide Details The company in Corby, Northamptonshire, sells 50 meat-free products under the brand names Cheatin', VegiDeli and Cheezly. In 2014 products sold under the brand "Wot no Dairy" were recalled, because it was revealed that they contained traces of dairy and were dangerous for those with dairy intolerance. Mills was one of the celebrity performers competing on the US television series Dancing with the Stars in 2007, with dancing partner Jonathan Roberts.
    On 4 July 2009, Mills opened a vegan restaurant called VBites at Hove Lagoon, Hove, Sussex.
    More Details Hide Details Mills is quoted as saying that she intends it to be the first in a worldwide chain of vegan restaurants. Whilst promoting the restaurant, Mills gave an interview to the BBC, stating that she'd been very proactive in the building stages and now that it was open, would give as much time to it as she could – working it around her charity work.
    In 2009, Mills reported a bogus charity had been set up to extract information about her marriage.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    Mills's publicist of four years, Michele Elyzabeth, stopped representing her on 25 July 2008.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details I haven’t been up for 24 hours and flew here from London to be ignored".
    In August 2008, she was honoured by the organisation Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), with the Celebrity Animal Activist Award, presented at the Animal Rights National Conference.
    More Details Hide Details After her divorce, Mills pledged to give a "large portion" of her £24.3 million divorce settlement to Adopt-A-Minefield, but the charity has not received any to date.
    In 2008, an old video surfaced of Mills wearing a mink coat she had owned in 1989, but explained to reporters that she had bought it years before becoming involved in animal rights organisations or vegetarianism.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    The divorce was granted on 12 May 2008, and the preliminary divorce decree was finalised six weeks later.
    More Details Hide Details Long before 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... I have never spoken badly about my husband. I never will, he is the father of my child". After the judgement was issued, however, she said to the press, "I can't say if Paul is cruel. For the sake of my daughter, I can't say that but my sister thinks he is." This statement to the press was accompanied by her sister, Fiona Mills, saying "I just think he didn't need to put her through this. I just think it is really sad. Why can't he look after the mother of his child?" She continued, "He wants to make himself look good," she said. "To him the most important person is him. It has been a nightmare and I am not exaggerating."
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Mills's relationship with PETA ended in 2007, when McCartney's daughter, Mary, was chosen in her place.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details 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. After dismissing Anthony Julius, a Mishcon de Reya lawyer, Mills stated she would represent herself in the upcoming divorce hearing, with help from her sister Fiona, David Rosen (a solicitor-advocate), and Michael Shilub, an American attorney. 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. 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. McCartney's lawyers studied Mills' book: Life Balance: The Essential Keys to a Lifetime of Wellbeing (published on 25 May 2006), as it contradicted many of her claims, such as when she praised McCartney 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". Mills' father reconciled with his daughter after meeting her and McCartney, when they introduced him to his granddaughter, Beatrice. 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.
    Is it any wonder she was reduced to tears in the October 2007 GMTV interview?
    More Details Hide Details Did we feel sympathy for her then? No. 'Heather Mills has Melt Down' screamed the headlines, so now she had lost her marbles to boot. And if that wasn't enough, Carole Malone of the Sunday Mirror, one of the papers that was relentless in its attacks on Mills, accused her of staging an act on live TV in order to further her cause in the upcoming divorce hearing. How cruel can you get?"
    During several interviews in October 2007, Mills accused the media of giving her "worse press than a paedophile or a murderer".
    More Details Hide Details 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. Immediately before giving these interviews, her PR adviser, Phil Hall (the ex-Editor of the News of the World), quit. 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 Beckham and Kerry Katona. In December 2008, the Channel 4 television comedy series Star Stories broadcast a satirical mockumentary of Mills' life story from her point of view. In 2009, after petitioning the Press Complaints Commission in the UK about being lied about in the press, five British tabloids (The Sun, The Daily Express, News of the World, Sunday Mirror and Daily Mirror) publicly apologised to Mills about printing false, hurtful or defamatory stories about her. Another tabloid (the Daily Mail), sent a private letter of apology. Mills has complained that over 4,400 abusive articles about her have been published.
    During a 5-day trial in July 2007, it was revealed that Mills had been physically assaulted by Jay Kaycappa in Brighton.
    More Details Hide Details Kaycappa was a notorious paparazzo trying to photograph Mills while on shifts for a national newspaper and a regional press agency. Kaycappa, who had 132 previous criminal convictions, including perverting the course of justice, obtaining property by deception, driving offences and using ten aliases, was found guilty and sentenced to a 140-hour community order and ordered to pay Mills £100, plus £1,000 court costs.
    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", 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".
    More Details Hide Details Mills responded that the police had told her to contact them whenever she was being harassed.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A video of the investigation was made available on the Internet.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In December 2006, Mills told the BBC that she had received death threats, and on 17 December 2006, police stated that a "non-specific threat" had been made to her safety.
    More Details Hide Details This led to more criticism that she was calling out the emergency services too often.
    In October 2006, Mills announced her intention to sue The Daily Mail, The Sun and the Evening Standard.
    More Details Hide Details All the newspapers said that their stories "were obtained by proper methods and in accordance with good journalistic practice". 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 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".
    After some time apart, Mills and McCartney separated on 17 May 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    Mills was invited by Larry King to interview Paul Newman, which was broadcast by CNN on 17 April 2004.
    More Details Hide Details McCartney had arranged for Newman to be interviewed by Mills, but critical reactions to the show were mixed. 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?
  • 2003
    Age 35
    Mills gave birth to Beatrice Milly McCartney on 28 October 2003, who was named after Mills' mother, and McCartney's aunt.
    More Details Hide Details It was later revealed that Mills had suffered a miscarriage in the first year of marriage to McCartney.
    On the same show she said that her previous ectopic pregnancies had damaged her fertility, and that her chances of getting pregnant were small, although the couple announced that they were expecting their first child in May 2003.
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    During a Parkinson chat show on 22 February 2003, host Michael Parkinson asked 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.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    Mills and McCartney were married on 11 June 2002, four years after McCartney's first wife had died of breast cancer.
    More Details Hide Details The McCartney–Mills wedding was an elaborate ceremony at Castle Leslie (once the home of Shane Leslie), in the village of Glaslough in County Monaghan, Ireland. A song specially composed by McCartney, called "Heather", was played, which had been included on the 2001 album, Driving Rain. 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 Snickers bars. 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 Putin gave the couple a tour of the Kremlin. McCartney later said that Mills' contribution was giving him an acrylic fingernail to protect a finger on his left hand that often bled after playing guitar. 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, and "See Your Sunshine" ("She makes me feel glad/I want her so bad") from Memory Almost Full.
    They married in June 2002 and Mills gave birth to Beatrice Milly McCartney on 28 October 2003. The couple separated in 2006 and finalised their divorce in 2008.
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  • 2001
    Age 33
    Mills later alleged that a journalist working for the Mirror Group had admitted to her in 2001 that he had hacked her phone.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing as a witness at the Leveson Inquiry on 9 February 2012, Mills was asked under oath if she had ever made a recording of Paul McCartney's phone calls or answer phone messages and had ever played it to Piers Morgan or "anybody else", she replied, "Never, ever." Giving evidence in December 2011, Morgan, who bragged in a newspaper column for the Daily Mail in 2006 about hearing the message, refused to say who had played him the recorded message of the call, saying he was protecting a source. Mills told the inquiry that Morgan was "a man that has written nothing but awful things about me for years and would have relished telling the inquiry if I had played a personal voicemail message to him." In the official findings of his Inquiry, Lord Justice Leveson said Morgan's testimony under oath on phone hacking was "utterly unpersuasive. This was not, in any sense at all, a convincing answer" and "What it does, however, clearly prove is that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it." (see the testimony: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9071901/Leveson-Inquiry-Heather-Mills-vows-she-did-not-play-Paul-McCartney-messages-to-Piers-Morgan.html#)
    While on holiday in the Lake District, McCartney proposed to Mills on 23 July 2001, giving her a £15,000 diamond and sapphire ring he had purchased in Jaipur, India, while they were both there on holiday.
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    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.
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    Her relationship with Sir Paul McCartney brought further public attention in the year 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    In the autumn of 1999, Mills and her sister recorded "VO!CE"; a song they wrote to raise funds for Mills' charity, with McCartney agreeing to sing backing vocals.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Mills met McCartney at the Dorchester Hotel, during the Pride of Britain Awards event in April 1999, which McCartney had attended to present an award to an animal rights activist.
    More Details Hide Details Mills presented the Outstanding Bravery Award to Helen Smith; also making an appeal on behalf of the Heather Mills Health Trust. McCartney also presented an award dedicated to his late wife, Linda McCartney. McCartney talked to Mills about donating to her charity – later giving her £150,000.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    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, after only 12 days in Cambodia, where they were making a film about landmines.
    More Details Hide Details Mills ended their relationship five days before their planned wedding day, later telling friends in the media that she had called the wedding off because Terrill was gay, an MI6 agent, and that his mission was to sabotage her anti-landmine work. 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 Mills had a somewhat elastic relationship with the truth, which she was able to stretch impressively sometimes". Terrill also claims that although Mills said she was a vegetarian at the time, she often cooked her speciality dish, Lancashire hotpot, which contains lamb, for him; and her ex sister-in-law, Dianna Karmal, claims that Mills only became a vegetarian after meeting McCartney. In 2003, the Open University awarded her an honorary doctorate for her philanthropic work on behalf of amputees. She continues to campaign, in addition to promoting the distribution of prostheses around the world and has been involved with the development of the Heather Mills McCartney Cosmesis, which gives amputees in America the chance to wear a Dorset Orthopaedic cosmesis, without having to travel to the UK. Mills is also vice-president of the Limbless Association. 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, Irvine, gave 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.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    The first convoy of limbs arrived in Zagreb in 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.
    More Details Hide Details She received an award in 2001 from Croatia's prime minister for the money she raised to help clear that country of landmines. With the help of ghostwriter Pamela Cockerill, Mills wrote a book about her experience titled Out on a Limb (1995), which was republished in the United States as A Single Step (2002). Extracts from Out on a Limb were serialised in The Daily Mail in March 2000. 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".
  • 1993
    Age 25
    In October 1993, she had another operation which further shortened her leg.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 (existed 2000–2004) which delivered prosthetic limbs to people, particularly children, who had 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. Mills booked herself into the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, which put her on a raw food vegan diet, using wheat grass and garlic poultices to heal her wound. After an operation, Mills discovered that she had been previously identified as having an O rhesus negative blood type, when in fact she was A rhesus negative, which had interfered with her attempts to follow the so-called blood type diet. 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. Mills persuaded the Brixton prison governor to get inmates to dismantle and pack the prosthetic limbs before being transported, which resulted in 22,000 amputees obtaining limbs in addition to the Croatian citizens who were already supplied with prosthetic limbs by the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance, which paid for the fitting of limbs and rehabilitation of patients.
    On 8 August 1993, Mills and Mincione walked to the corner of De Vere Gardens and Kensington Road, London, but while crossing Kensington Road, Mills was knocked down by a police motorcycle (the last in a convoy of three), which was responding to an emergency call.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Karmal and Mills were divorced and Mills was later engaged to Raffaele Mincione (a bond dealer for the Industrial Bank of Japan) in 1993.
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  • 1990
    Age 22
    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, but Mills ended up living with her ski instructor, Miloš Pogačar, shortly before the Croatian War began.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Yugoslavia for two years where there were mines everywhere that weren't marked".
  • 1987
    Age 19
    In 1987, Mills went to live in Paris, telling Karmal that a cosmetics company had given her a modelling contract, but became the mistress of millionaire Lebanese businessman George Kazan for two years and took part in a photo session for a stills-only German sex education manual called Die Freuden der Liebe (The Joys of Love).
    More Details Hide Details She also modelled for full-frontal nude photographs. 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". 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".
  • 1986
    Age 18
    Alfie Karmal (the son of a Palestinian father and Greek mother) was ten years older than Mills when they met in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Karmal bought her new clothes and Cartier jewellery, and paid for cosmetic surgery when she complained that her breasts were sagging. She later said that she had had a breast reduction operation, reducing her bra size from a 34E to a 34C. so Karmal, who had moved into the computer industry, set up a model agency for her, ExSell Management, although it was not successful.
  • 1983
    Age 15
    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 Balham, on 6 June 1983, where they both stayed until 2 July 1984.
    More Details Hide Details She remembered that a teacher at the Hydeburn 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. Mills worked for a croissant shop, but was sacked, and vowed "never to work for anyone else again". 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 stuff from the shop", which Guy said was worth £20,000. She 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.
  • 1968
    Age 0
    Born on January 12, 1968.
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