As you might have heard, the divorce of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has been heating up lately, with his estranged wife Heather Mills lashing out at the media and even threatening to publicly expose evidence of Macca’s alleged marital abuse. But the Daily Mail reported this weekend that McCartney, 65, has held crisis talks with Mills at his country estate in order to calm things down. Once again, McCartney just wants to Let It Be.
According to the Mail, McCartney met with Mills at his home on November 2 to work out the issues surrounding their divorce. Her aides reportedly had advised her that morning that her public rants against the legendary singer-songwriter would only harm her in the divorce settlement, especially regarding her chances of getting sole custody of the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Beatrice.
Last week, Mills went public with both British and American TV news, claiming that negative tabloid stories about her have resulted in death threats from an underground movement and that McCartney has done nothing to protect her. “I’ve had worse press than a pedophile or a murderer, and I’ve done nothing but charity for twenty years,” she said on an ITV program in London on October 31. “We’ve had death threats, [and] I’ve been close to suicide. I’m so upset about this.”
Mills, 39, also attacked McCartney for not admitting his supposed responsibility for the marital breakdown. She told NBC’s Today on November 1: “I said to Paul… ‘You know why we split. You know the truth. They don’t need to know the details, but you need to stand up and say, “I’m responsible for the breakdown of this marriage”… If you say that, I’ll walk away with nothing, and we’ll do a very gentle and quick divorce.’… And he did nothing.”
In addition, Mills threatened to go public with audio recordings of therapy sessions that she and McCartney underwent in 2005. These tapes allegedly support Mills’ claims that McCartney physically and verbally abused her; in one of them, McCartney even reportedly admits that he struck his first wife, Linda McCartney, a few times.
An anonymous close friend of Mills told the Daily Mail over the weekend that “Heather thinks that if only Paul would tell everyone she is a nice person, that she’s not a fantasist or a gold-digger, then all his fans are going to stop hating her.” The source added: “Heather did the TV interviews because… talks about the divorce had stalled, and she wanted to show him that she could create a media storm if she wanted to.”
Regarding the meeting Friday, another source told the British paper that Mills had been trying to force the former Beatle to negotiate outside of court. “If he didn’t bring her back within the fold as soon as possible,” the source said, “her rantings would become increasingly specific and perhaps damaging to him. Paul decided that to try and thrash out some kind of immediate deal would be the best response.”
So which song are McCartney and Mills singing right now, “We Can Work It Out” or “Helter Skelter”? The public will likely find out soon. In the meantime, click here for one therapist’s suggested techniques for dealing with marital conflict.
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