McCartney Engaged

Ex-Beatle plans to marry girlfriend Heather Mills next year

July 27, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Paul McCartney and his girlfriend of two years, Heather Mills, are engaged. McCartney told reporters outside his home in St. John's Wood on Thursday that he was "a bit nervous" when proposing to Mills "but I managed," he added. "We've had a good reception from relatives and friends and from the media."

Mills, a former model, met McCartney at a charity function held by her foundation, The Heather Mills Trust, which provides prosthetic limbs for victims of war. The thirty-three-year-old former model lost her left leg in 1993 after a police motorcycle struck her.

The fifty-nine-year-old McCartney popped the question on Monday during a trip to Britain's Lake District. The two plan to marry some time next year.

The engagement comes four years after McCartney's wife Linda McCartney died of cancer. The two were married twenty-nine years. This will be the second marriage for Mills as well.

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