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British Press Bids Farewell to Mills-McCartney Divorce Case

March 18, 2008 05:56 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Richer by $49 million and her divorce settled, Heather Mills sought to end an acrimonious relationship with the British press, which dubbed her "Mucca."

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Divorce proceedings between former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and former model Heather Mills ended Monday in a London courtroom.

After being awarded around $49 million, Mills addressed the press waiting outside. The U.K. tabloids described her 12-minute, rather composed speech as a “rant” or, as a headline in British paper The Sun put it, “The Long and Whining Moan.”

According to The Sun, Mills “whinged that the judge worded his ruling to make it look like her ex had won.”

That remark most likely referred to a statement from Justice Bennett, the presiding judge: "I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid."

But as the Associated Press wrote in a story entitled “Please, Please Me,” after being awarded a settlement that works out to be about $34,000 per day of marriage to the rocker, “Money may not buy her love, but Paul McCartney’s ex sure has a lot more of it now.”

The Mills-McCartney divorce is only the most recent of high-stakes settlements. Former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan is estimated to be paying over $150 million to his ex-wife Juanita. The same month that case was decided, the Chicago area saw what was thought to be the largest divorce settlement ever: Energy company founder Michael Polsky paid $184 million to his ex-wife Maya.

Headline Links: Baby, you’re a rich wo-man

‘Please, Please Me’
‘Got to Get You Out of My Life’
‘The Long and Whining Moan’
‘Wet It Be’
'Judge Found Heather Mills "Less Than Candid," Divorce Ruling Reveals'

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Background: Divorce

Historical Context: Large divorce settlements

Humor: An irreverent take on the divorce case

Reference: Mills-McCartney divorce details


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