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Sir Paul McCartney may not have to wake up to Heather Mills ever again, but millions of British television viewers weren’t so lucky this morning. Mills appeared on GMTV this morning for an interview with host Fiona Phillips. Phillips look frightened and apologetic as Mills launched into a rip-roaring tirade that lasted the better part of 20 minutes. Surely, many in the audience must have feared for Phillips’ life as Mills became increasingly agitated and flustered. The Times has the entire transcript of the GMTV interview, and BBC NEWS highlights some of the best bits:
She said: “I’ve had worse press than a paedophile or a murderer and I’ve done nothing but charity for the [last] 20 years.
“They’ve called me a whore, a gold digger, a fantasist, a liar,” she added, complaining that she had endured “eighteen months of abuse [and] 4,400 abusive articles.”
Oh, and she wasn’t done:
“I am the one that is abused daily. I have protected Paul [McCartney] for this long and I am trying to protect him but I am being pushed to the edge.”
“What did the paparazzi do to Diana? They chased her and they killed her,” said Mills.
Yep, she played the Princess Diana card. And the Kate McCann card as well, which I assume is much less effective. Thought she was done? Nope. Apparently, Ms. Mills took her show on the road, according to BBC NEWS:
In further interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Mills said of the media: “They had me on the brink of suicide, because I was contemplating that if I killed myself then my daughter will be safe, because when she’s with me, maybe she’s not going to be safe.”
OK, I’m no expert at custody battles, but one has to believe that this wasn’t the smartest thing for Heather to say if she wanted to be perceived as the more stable parent.
YouTube is sure to have this interview in its entirety eventually, but The Sun has a two-minute clip of the fun-and-games as an appetizer.
In other news:
- Madonna “dated” Tupac Shakur, a new book claims, because she wanted his child. Tupac allegedly dumped her “for not fitting in with his bad boy rapper image.”(Gigwise)
- Victoria Beckham is a brunette once more.(Daily Mail)
- The Guardian‘s Paul Flynn dares to defend that mediocre Spice Girls single: “‘Headlines’ is not just a sweet piece of nostalgia, it’s a neat reminder that no one since the Spice Girls has managed to replicate their sound or success since. And any pop group that can spot their own purpose in song is cleverer than anyone might give them credit for. A line in the first verse seems to distil all their unlikely power and summarise everything that made them great in the first place: ‘To go beyond the surface to reach into your soul.’ You said it, Girls.”
- A bootleg of Leona Lewis‘ early work is set for release just days after her official album, and Simon Cowell is pissed.(Contact Music)
- Chris Martin is feeling the pressure of releasing a new Coldplay album.(NME)
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.