In an extraordinary interview on GMTV, her voice breaking with emotion, Ms Mills said she had been “pushed to the edge” by media harassment, claiming “18 months of abuse, 4,400 abusive articles”.
She added: “I considered killing myself because I thought if I am dead, she [my daughter] can be safe with her father.”
Heather Mills claimed today she had been driven to the brink of suicide after her break-up with Sir
Paul McCartney and says she has been victim of a public hate campaign similar to that experienced by Kate McCann.
In a tearful TV tirade, she said she had legal debts of £1.5 million and also said she had “a box of evidence that is going to a certain person if anything happens to me”.
Ms Mills denied she had a specific divorce clause allowing her to sell her story later.
“I could sell my story right now. I’m trying to protect Paul and our daughter. When did I ask for anything?”
Heather Mills says she has been victim of a public hate campaign similar to that experienced by Kate McCann
“These figures are made up, £100 million, £50 million, £20 million. How do you know if I even want any money? I am £1.5 million in debt in lawyers’ fees.”
Ms Mills claimed police had told her she was the subject of “serious death threats from an underground movement”, prompting her to upgrade security at her home.
“My daughter Beatrice’s life is at risk,” she said.
Speaking to Fiona Phillips, the 39-year-old former model and campaigner said of her treatment by the media: “I’m living in a prison and I’ll have to fight back or I’ll go insane.
“Look what they are doing to the McCanns, the woman and the poor father have lost their daughter.
“What are we doing as a nation to persecute a woman that is devastated behind closed doors and trying to hold it together as I have for 18 months.
“What did the paparazzi do to Diana? They chased her and they killed her. Never mind all these other stories, that is what we are doing as a nation – buying these newspapers.
“They will go for me tomorrow and they will go, ‘She’s crazy and she’s this and she’s that’. Go for it because I will do even more.
“There needs to be responsible journalism. They are pushing people over the edge.”
She drew a comparison with The Sun’s reporting of the Hillsborough football disaster which carried
claims about the behaviour of Liverpool fans.
Ms Mills said: “They said that they were looting dead bodies. They said they were urinating over them.” In fact, said Ms Mills, the fans “were going through the pockets for ID.”
She then apologised for getting “so upset.”