Paul McCartney, who lost his first wife
to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for the
McCartney proposed on 23 July 2001 during a trip to
Britain's Lake District, spokesman Geoff Baker said. The two plan to marry some time in
The 33-year old Mills is a former swimwear model whose left
leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993.
Baker said McCartney bought the sapphire and diamond
engagement ring in India a few months earlier.
"Paul and Heather said today they would like to thank
their relatives and friends for all the great support they have shown them since they met
two years ago," said a statement from McCartney's office.
McCartney, who was knighted in 1997, has three grown
children and a stepdaughter from his first marriage.
59-year-old McCartney spoke briefly with journalists
outside his home in St. John's Wood. Asked how he proposed to his fiancée, the former
Beatle said, "That's private, that's just for me." He then went back inside for
a quiet dinner with his future wife.
McCartney met Mills at a charity function when she appealed
for help for her own foundation, the Heather Mills trust, which provides limbs for victims
of war. McCartney said last year that he was smitten instantly.
"So I found out her telephone number - like you do -
and rang her up and said we should talk about some charity stuff," he said. "I
did fancy her from the start, but I was playing it cool."
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