Heather Mills still hasn't learned. No matter how many charities she fronts, no matter how much she crusades, the world will never love her as much as they love Paul McCartney. Decades from now, Heather Mills' legacy will still be a footnote in the life of a Beatle.
That may seem cold, but perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if Mills would stop taking digs at Paul McCartney.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Mills insisted that she did not want to talk about her marriage to Paul McCartney. That's understandable. It must get frustrating to her that she has done so much good work in the eight years since she and McCartney split, but every interview has at least one question about Sir Paul.
But why can't Mills just say, "I'm not talking about that. Next question, please"? Or maybe have a polite, canned response she gives to every question. Eventually they would stop asking. Instead, she has to get in a dig at McCartney.
“I don’t want to go into my second marriage too much," she told the Guardian, "because if you haven’t got something nice to say about someone you shouldn’t say anything at all, and it had a lot to do with the person I married.”
Mills spoke of Beatrice, the daughter she has with Paul McCartney.
“I taught her the saxophone," Mills says, "because her father can’t read music so I do all the music teaching.”
Newsflash Heather: We all know Paul McCartney does not read music. That's what makes some of those awesome Beatles songs so ... awesome. It's not something to look down on him for.
You can read music. He does not. He is a music god. You are not.
@PaulMcCartney Heather Mills still can't stop slagging Paul. She thinks she has a leg up on him. Silly girl. Knows nothing
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) July 20, 2015
Mills pulled the same thing in an interview on "The Late Late Show" in Ireland. She insisted that people are not all that interested in Paul McCartney anymore.
"That's the thing. If I go down the street, all I get is kids coming up to me -- half of them don't even know who he is -- that's why he's gotta do songs with Rihanna and Kanye West, so people remember ..."
At this point the host expressed a very mild version of the disbelief that the rest of the world was swelling to scream out. But Heather Mills pressed on.
"[McCartney] is someone I fell in love with, who to me was a normal guy, who just happened to write a few cool songs in the 60s, and a few in the 70s. And it was just someone I fell in love with. Like everybody that's a partner: fall in love, you get married, you sometimes then go 'Oh,my God. This is completely wrong.' You wake up, and you move on."
Paul McCartney is not "someone who just happened to write a few cool songs in the 60s, and a few in the 70s." That's like saying Bill Clinton worked in an office in D.C. or Michael Jordan liked to shoot hoops.
I hope I am not the only person who wants Heather Mills to shut up
— poppy amelia david (@poppyinthepink) July 20, 2015
There is no way Heather Mills did not know that Paul McCartney was already a legend long before she came along. Sure, their relationship ended badly. But to say that he is so irrelevant as to need to do songs with Rihanna and Kanye to stay in the public eye?
Paul McCartney has also recently worked with Dave Grohl. And Dave Grohl nearly bowed in a "we're not worthy" pose of obeisance.
Maybe knowing Paul McCartney as the guy she woke up next to, had to put the toilet seat down after, and ended up divorcing soured Heather Mills. Maybe following Linda McCartney's act was tough.
But Linda McCartney would've never called Paul 'someone who happened to write a few cool songs.'
If Heather Mills wants to rise above footnote, she will have to embrace the fact that she will never shake being the Former Mrs. Paul McCartney, and stop talking trash about someone the rest of us love.
I mean, damn. He's not Bill Cosby.
Some ppl like yoko some ppl hate yoko but i think we can all agree that we all hate heather mills 💓
— misanthrope (@classicsock) July 20, 2015