Heather Mills says that young people ‘don’t know’ who Paul McCartney is – watch

Mills says that Macca collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West 'so people remember him'

Heather Mills has suggested that her ex-husband Paul 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”.

The former ski racer and environmental activist, who was married to the former Beatle between 2002 and 2008, recently 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 added: “[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.”

Mill said that instead of people asking about her marriage to McCartney, strangers instead stop her in the street to talk about her ski racing career or vegan food company.

Paul McCartney collaborated with Kanye West and Rihanna on the latter’s new single ‘FourFiveSeconds’. Macca also recorded several tracks for West’s upcoming album ‘So Help Me God’.

McCartney also recently added a second London date to his upcoming May tour.

The O2 show coincides with the 50th anniversary of ‘Yesterday’. Speaking about the landmark McCartney said: “‘Yesterday’ feels like it has taken on a life of its own over the years. The song still is and always has been an important part of our live show. It’s always very emotional for me to hear crowds singing it so loudly at my concerts and I’m looking forward to singing it along with the audience at the O2 in May.”

McCartney last performed at The O2 in December 2011. He will also play Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on May 27 and a hometown gig at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on May 28.

Paul McCartney will play:

London The O2 (May 23/24)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)
Liverpool Echo Arena (28)