Thursday, May 18, 2006


"Love Me Don't": McCartneys split up

In January, Heather Mills McCartney angered stoners with anti-pot remarks directed at Fab Four husband Paul. “Him and Linda smoked it every day for the whole of their lives together,” she said of Paul's first wife, who died in 1998. “But I would not get married to him if he was taking drugs. I hate it. I could not have him lying to our child [two-year-old Beatrice] about not taking drugs and then going out for a sneaky puff.”

One of the world’s most revered potheads, Paul McCartney not only smoked cannabis most of his life, he wrote songs about it (“Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Fixing a Hole”) and got busted for it—famously spending nine days in prison in Japan in 1980. But last year the 63-year-old pop singer claimed that marijuana was no longer in his life. “I have quite a liberal view [on drugs],” he said, “but I find that I prefer to be straight."

Now we know that was all a front. Yesterday, the Mccartneys, who've been married for four years, made the following "joint" statement: "Having tried exceptionally hard to make our relationship work given the daily pressures surrounding us, it is with sadness that we have decided to go our separate ways."

The Daily Mail reported: "The ex-Beatle's marriage to the charity campaigner and former model has clearly been under strain in recent weeks. Reports have suggested the couple were already living at separate addresses after a series of blazing rows. Sir Paul, who [will be] 64 next month, is said to be living on the family farm in Peasmarsh, East Sussex, about 50 miles away from his wife, who is at the couple's home in Hove. Pictures also recently showed Sir Paul on holiday alone in the south of France. The couple met in 1999 at a charity event a year after Sir Paul's first wife of 29 years, Linda, died from cancer. In 2001, they got engaged while on a short break in the Lake District and they wed the next year at a remote countryside castle in Ireland.

"Sir Paul is Britain's richest musician and made £48.5million last year from record sales and his U.S. tour. Leading divorce lawyer Alan Kaufman, head of family law at London firm Finers Stephens Innocent, said: 'This will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, divorce cases to hit the English courts, if it gets that far. If I was acting for Sir Paul and he wanted a fight - and he can certainly afford one - I would take it all the way through the courts and argue that a fair settlement would be a lot less than £200 million."

Let's hope Heather doesn't bury Paul.

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