Heather Mills’ participation in US reality show Dancing with the Stars is being looked at as a publicity stunt by the former model to improve her image of a “gold digger” following the separation from her estranged husband, Sir Paul McCartney.
However, in a radio interview with KIIS-FM DJ Ryan Seacrest, Mills said that her much noted relationship with the former Beatle, may have caused American audiences to misinterpret her purpose.
The animal rights activist choked up at the show while extending her heartfelt thanks to the listeners, who apologised for pre-judging her without full information and background.
“People label[ed] me a gold digger and if I was, I would've been a very wealthy woman now and I’m not. The biggest insult was to Paul because it’s like saying he’s so stupid that he would just be with someone like that,” the US Weekly quoted her, as telling Seacrest.
“People forget I was a $30-$50/hour public speaker and I gave it all up when I met Paul to help him get back on stage and be a mother. To see all that vilification [is] pretty horrific. Especially for my daughter to read when she’s older,” she added.
However, comprehending that inevitably her truths will come out in the open, Mills has decided to use her frequent appearances of late to advocate charitable causes.
“I never expected it to come out through Dancing With the Stars. You clear 21 million square metres of landmine-filled land and you fitted 400,000 people with limbs and [people] go on to vilify you. You do two-and-a-half to three dances and suddenly you’re amazing. It’s crazy!” she said.