Has Macca Made An Offer?

Sir Paul McCartney has offered Heather Mills a £40 million divorce deal to buy her silence, according to News of The World.

The paper says Macca, who is thought to be worth at least £750 million, will pay the money over 20 years.

Quoting the ubiquitous “source close to the couple,” NOTW revealed that the payment is dependent on estranged wife Heather Mills agreeing not to reveal anything about their life together. This would include – but presumably not be limited to – writing books or doing TV specials on the subject.

“Heather has no intention of telling it because she knows it would only hurt their daughter Bea, but it would always have been lurking in the background,” the source explained. “Any breach of the conditions would allow him to stop the payments – so, basically he has control of Heather for the rest of his life.

“There’s a long way to go but it looks like it will form the basis of the settlement.”

The paper also reported that the couple has spent some time together over the last couple of weeks and has been getting along quite well.

The source said Macca “also realizes she’s the mother of his daughter” and the woman he once “fell madly in love with.”

Some might have been more interested in a story printed in the following day’s The Independent, which said Macca has stopped worrying about Mills and returned to what he does best – composing.

He has a new album called Ecce Cor Meum (Latin for “Behold My Heart”), which is due in shops September 26th.

The work, which is McCartney’s fourth classical album, was performed by soprano Kate Royal; the boys of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Magdalen College Choir, Oxford; and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Gavin Greenway.

– John Gammon