Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. McCartney, 59, proposed on Monda

Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beatle who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, is engaged to be married to Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. McCartney, 59, proposed on Monday during a trip to Britain's Lake District, his spokesman said today (July 25). The two plan to marry some time next year.

The 33-year-old Mills is a former swimwear model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993. The spokesman said McCartney bought the sapphire and diamond engagement ring in India earlier this year.

"Paul and Heather said today they would like to thank their relatives and friends for all the great support they have shown them since they met two years ago," said a statement from McCartney's office.

McCartney, who was knighted in 1997, has three grown children and a stepdaughter from his first marriage. He met Mills at a charity function when she appealed for help for her own foundation, The Heather Mills Trust, which provides limbs for victims of war. McCartney said last year that he was smitten instantly.

The artist plans to release his latest studio album this fall.


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