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McCartney splits from wife Heather

Hopwever, the couple says their parting is amicable and that both both of them still care about each other.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 19:12 IST

Former Beatles star Paul McCartney and his wife, ex-model and anti-landmine advocate Heather Mills, Wednesday announced they were separating after four years of marriage.

"Having tried exceptionally hard to make our relationship work given the daily pressures surrounding us, it is with sadness that we have decided to go our separate ways," the couple said in a joint statement.

"Our parting is amicable and both of us still care about each other very much but have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives and we have actively tried to protect the privacy of our child.

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills during their good times

AP Photo

"Separation for any couple is difficult enough, but to have to go through this so publicly, especially with a small daughter, is immensely stressful. We hope, for the sake of our baby daughter, that we will be given some space and time to get through this difficult period," they said.

The couple married in June 2002 in Northern Ireland. Their daughter - Beatrice Milly - was born in October 2003.

McCartney's first wife Linda Eastman died of breast cancer in 1998.

First Published: May 17, 2006 20:04 IST