May 17 statement from Paul and Heather: "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."
06/05/2006 at 12:00 PM EDT
It has been a truly awful few weeks for Heather Mills McCartney. First, the May 17 announcement of her split from Paul McCartney after nearly four years of marriage incited a smug chorus of Knew-It-Wouldn't-Lasts. At the same time, she suffered a painful setback following an April "revision amputation" – a surgery to refit her left leg for the prosthetic she has worn since being struck by a motorcycle in '93 – that rendered her wheelchair-bound and exhausted.
Then things got worse: In a scathing open letter to Britain's Sunday Times on May 21, her ex-fiancé Chris Terrill addressed her soon-to-be-ex-husband. "I should probably thank you for having taken my seat on a plane that was doomed to crash in flames," Terrill wrote to Sir Paul. "We have both been 'Heathered' – and that is something a chap never forgets. . . . I think she is someone who desperately wants recognition and is frustrated when it does not come the way she wants it. Her men suffer because of it, but then so does she."