Heather Mills says she teaches daughter saxophone because Paul McCartney ‘can’t read music’

Mills describes how she passed on her 'very musical' genes to daughter Beatrice

Paul McCartney‘s ex-wife Heather Mills has claimed to “do all the music teaching” for their daughter because the former Beatles star can’t read sheet music.

The former ski racer and environmental activist, who was married to McCartney between 2002 and 2008, recently spoke to the Guardian about their only child, Beatrice, 11.

“Beatrice says she’s 99 per cent me,” Mills said. “I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I think she’s got the best of both of [Paul and I], we’re both very musical.”


“I taught her the saxophone, because her father can’t read music so I do all the music teaching, and I’m good with languages. She’s a brilliant poet so obviously gets that from him, but I think she’s got the best of both of us.”

Mills also added that she doesn’t like to discuss her past with McCartney that often, saying: “I don’t want to go into my second marriage too much 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.”

“Considering what went on, the one thing I’m most proud of is I never lowered myself to the level that some parents do where they speak badly about the other parent.”


Mills recently suggested that McCartney is finding it hard to stay “relevant” in the modern music industry, stating that he only collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West “so people remember him”.

She appeared on Ireland’s ‘The Late Show’, becoming agitated when host Ryan Tubridy mentioned McCartney’s name.

“I don’t want this interview to be all about Paul, you know,” Mills responded. “That umbilical cord was broken, he’s married someone else. I agreed to come on the show so it wasn’t all about Paul… It’s so boring, honestly. If you want me to fall asleep. If you had a pan of soup, I’d put my head in it.”


Mills added: “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 got to do songs with Rihanna and Kanye West, so people remember [him].”

She continued: “[Paul] is just someone I fell in love with, who to me was a normal guy that happened to write a few cool songs in the ’60s – and a few in the ’70s. It was just someone I fell in love with… You fall in love, get married, you sometimes then go, ‘Oh my god, this was completely wrong’, and you wake up and you move on.”