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Heather Anne Mills (born 12 January 1968) is an English former model, businesswoman and activist.

Heather Mills Biography, Wiki

Born on January 12, 1968, in Aldershot, England, Heather Mills grew up in a difficult environment. The relationship between her father Mark, a former paratrooper, and his wife Beatrice was characterised by violence.

Before Heather had turned ten her mother became involved with an actor and moved out of the family home, leaving the three children with their abusive father. Three years later, with her father imprisoned for fraud, Heather was back home with her mother. 

A headstrong teenager, she didn’t get along with her mum’s boyfriend, however, and by the age of 17 was living on the streets, apparently in a “cardboard box under Waterloo station”. An arrest followed in the mid-Eighties after she stole jewellery worth £20,000, and she was put on probation. 

A year later she met and later married British computer executive Alfie Karmal, who encouraged the 18-year-old’s modelling aspirations. She went on to establish her own small agency, ExSell Management, which she sold in 1989.

After two years her marriage to Alfie floundered when she left him for a Slovenian ski instructor. At the offset of the Croatian War and profoundly affected by the atrocities of the conflict, Heather established a refugee crisis centre in Yugoslavia. 

Heather Mills Biography Wikipedia
Heather Mills
BornHeather Anne Mills
12 January 1967 (age 55)
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Other namesHeather Mills McCartney
EducationUsworth Grange Primary & Comprehensive School, Washington, Tyne and Wear
Hydeburn Comprehensive, London
OccupationCharity campaigner
Spouse(s)Alfie Karmal​​(m. 1989; div. 1991)​
Paul McCartney​​(m. 2002; div. 2008)​
RelativesCharles Stapley (stepfather)

Heather Mills Career

When her father was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of fraud, she left home with her sister to live with her mother and partner (Crossroads actor Charles Stapley), in Clapham, London, although her brother went to Brighton to live with his paternal grandparents.

She later wrote that at the age of 15 she ran away to join a funfair, and then lived in a cardboard box under Waterloo Station for four months, although Stapley denied 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 Balham, on 6 June 1983, where they both stayed until 2 July 1984.

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.

Alfie Karmal (the son of a Palestinian father and Greek mother) was ten years older than Mills when they met in 1986. 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.

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). 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”. The couple married on 6 May 1989. 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.

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”.

Karmal and Mills were divorced in 1991 and Mills was later engaged to Raffaele Mincione (a bond dealer for the Industrial Bank of Japan) in 1993.

Heather Mills and Paul McCartney

Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles fame first met at the Dorchester Hotel in April 1999, during the Pride of Britain Awards. The two later met on several other occasions and even had some project together.

McCartney proposed to her on July 23, 2001, while on holiday in the Lake District. He gave her a £15,000 diamond and sapphire ring. The couple married on June 11, 2002.

They had a daughter Beatrice Milly McCartney in 2003. The two lovebirds went their separate ways on May 17, 2006, and finally divorce on May 12, 2008. Mills was offered £16.5million and assets worth £7.8million. An additional annual fee of £35,000 was to be paid for the upkeep of their child.

Heather Mills Interesting Facts

  • Modeling career ended in 1993 when she was hit by a police motorcycle; she suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and pelvis fractures and had her left leg amputated below the knee
  • Proceeds from Out on a Limb, her 1995 autobiography (which was re-released in 2002 as A Single Step), were donated to Adopt-A-Minefield
  • , which works to clear land mines and help landmine survivors
  • Work with Adopt-A-Minefield led to her meeting future husband Paul McCartney at a 1999 charity event for the Heather Mills Health Trust, which campaigns against land mines and recycles prosthetic limbs
  • Serves as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador; has also campaigned for the animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • In acrimonious divorce proceedings that spurred countless tabloid headlines, Mills accused McCartney of physically abusing her, and reportedly requested alimony payments equivalent to nearly $7 million a year, or about $19,000 a day
  • Was paired with professional ballroom dancer Jonathan Roberts for the fourth season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars

Heather Mills FAQ’s

Who is Heather Mills?

Heather Anne Mills (born 12 January 1968) is an English former model, businesswoman, and activist.

How old is Heather Mills?

Heather Mills is currently 54 years old.

Who was Heather Mills’s husband?

Paul McCartney.

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