- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Macca, Mrs. split

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney, yesterday announced their separation after nearly four years of marriage, blaming intrusion from the media and insisting their split is amicable, Associated Press reports.

Rumors of a rift between Mrs. Mills McCartney and the singer’s children — especially Stella McCartney — have circulated for years. Talk centered around the idea that Mrs. Mills McCartney — who is nearly half Mr. McCartney’s age — wanted to devote more time to campaigning against land mines and fur.

Mr. McCartney, 63, and the former Heather Mills, 38, married in June 2002, four years after his first wife, Linda McCartney, died of breast cancer. Mr. McCartney and Mrs. Mills McCartney have a daughter, Beatrice, born in October 2003.

Mr. McCartney’s wealth was estimated at $1.5 billion by the Sunday Times in its annual list of Britain’s richest people. The couple are believed not to have a prenuptial agreement. Speculation immediately arose about the size of a possible settlement, with lawyers estimating Mrs. Mills McCartney’s share of the former Beatle’s fortune at $188 million to $376 million.

Yesterday, Mr. McCartney posted a message on his personal Web site, saying he was very upset over suggestions that his second wife married him for his money. “It’s been suggested that she married me for the money and there is not an ounce of truth in this,” he said in the post.

“She is a very generous person who spends most of her time trying to help others in greater need than herself. All the work she does is unpaid, so these stories are ridiculous and completely unfounded. I’m very sad to see that some insensitive people would choose a moment like this to spread these vicious rumors.”

In 2002, Mrs. Mills McCartney told Vanity Fair that her husband didn’t force her to sign a prenuptial agreement before their huge wedding — despite tabloid reports to the contrary. She said she offered to sign an agreement, but that Mr. McCartney — who was worth more than $1 billion at the time — wouldn’t allow it.

Otherworldly sign

Celebrity psychic Uri Geller said he got a sign from Elvis Presley, and the message was loud and clear: “Don’t worry, you’ll have my house.”

Mr. Geller, who had the winning bid of $905,100 for the Memphis, Tenn., house Mr. Presley lived in as his career was taking off, said he was traveling to London in the closing moments of the EBay auction Sunday when the radio began playing “Love Me Tender.”

He said he knew then that it was a done deal, AP reports.

Mr. Presley bought the four-bedroom house at 1034 Audubon Drive in 1956 with his early song royalties. The singer, his parents and grandmother lived there for 13 months before moving to a two-story Colonial house already known as Graceland, the house that Elvis would make famous. A month after the singer moved in, “Heartbreak Hotel” hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Mr. Geller, who became a celebrity in the ‘70s for his supposed power to bend spoons and other objects with his mind, says he met Mr. Presley in the 1970s and “freaked him out” with his spoon bending.

New son for Chef

Isaac Hayes and his wife are the parents of a baby boy, the couple announced Tuesday.

Nana Kwadjo Hayes was born April 10 and weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, spokesman Rob Moore said. In the Ghanaian language, Nana means “king,” and Kwadjo (pronounced “Kwo-Jo”) means “boy born on Monday.”

In 1992, Mr. Hayes, was made an honorary king of the Ada district of Ghana for his humanitarian work.

According to AP, Kwadjo is Mr. Hayes’ fourth son and the first with wife Adjowa.

The singer-composer, 63, is best known for his recordings with Stax Records in Memphis and his 1971 Oscar-winning hit, “Theme From Shaft,” from the Richard Roundtree film “Shaft.” More recently, he was the voice of the character Chef on the TV show “South Park” until he quit the role in a disagreement over the show’s treatment of his Scientology faith.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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