Heather Ann Mills McCartney (born 12 January 1968) is an English activist and former glamour model. She campaigns on behalf of several causes, including aid for amputees, the curtailment of land mines and animal rights. She is best known for being the estranged wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, and though she is legally Lady McCartney, she does not use the title. Since she and her husband have separated, she has stated her preference to be known as Heather Mills.
On 17 May 2006, it was announced via the couple's websites that she was to separate from her husband. When it became known that McCartney had left her and was seen and photographed in France, Mills claimed that they were still together. Only a few days later the couple announced their separation in a joint statement. Media speculation in the weeks prior to this had been intense. In the London newspaper the Evening Standard on 18 May 2006, Mills told of the hurt she felt over claims she had only married McCartney for his money, and she said "I am no gold digger" and that the allegations were "worse than losing my leg."