- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Not a ‘gold digger’

Paul McCartney’s estranged wife, Heather Mills, broke down during a radio interview yesterday, denying that she had married the fabulously wealthy former Beatle for his money.

The 39-year-old former model’s tears came during an appearance on Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM radio when a caller to a phone-in show rang to say that media portrayals of Miss Mills were unfair.

Miss Mills, who has wowed viewers on the hit television show “Dancing With the Stars,” where she has performed athletic dance routines despite having an artificial leg, said she was shocked by her treatment in the press.

“I could have gone down that path of lowering myself to everyone else’s level … and proven my innocence,” she said, referring to the media coverage after her split with Mr. McCartney in May last year.

“All I did was fall in love with somebody — madly — and give up my life for seven years … and then to be vilified for it?

“If I was a gold digger,” Miss Mills added, “I would be a very wealthy woman now … and I’m not.”

Miss Mills, who has a 3-year-old daughter with Mr. McCartney, is locked in divorce proceedings with the 64-year-old music legend.

One press report said Mr. McCartney, whose fortune is estimated at $800 million to $1 billion, is planning to offer a $49 million settlement to end the bitter divorce battle.

Keith: ‘I snorted dad’

Here’s another good reason to just say no: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards yesterday said he had snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine.

“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” Mr. Richards, 63, was quoted as saying by the British music magazine NME.

“He was cremated, and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared,” he said. “It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

Mr. Richards’ father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.

According to Associated Press, Mr. Richards, one of rock’s legendary wild men, told NME that his survival was the result of luck and advised young musicians against trying to emulate him. “I did it because that was the way I did it. Now people think it’s a way of life,” he was quoted as saying.

Who’s the daddy?

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown gave birth to a girl early yesterday, her representatives confirmed in a statement to celebrity news Web sites.

The 31-year-old’s new arrival was born shortly after midnight at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., weighing 5 lbs., 4 oz.

“Mother and baby are now resting. No name has been decided on as yet, and she is purely known as Baby Brown,” a rep for Miss Brown said in a statement quoted by People magazine’s online edition.

However, the paternity of the new arrival has been the subject of intense speculation in the tabloid press.

Miss Brown, 31, better known as “Scary Spice,” has said ex-boyfriend and “Dreamgirls” star Eddie Murphy is the father, although the veteran funnyman has questioned that claim.

“I don’t know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test,” Mr. Murphy told Dutch television last year. Miss Brown later said she was “distressed” by Mr. Murphy’s comments.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from Web and wire reports

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