Ex-'Dancing' star Heather Mills turns down U.K.'s 'Celebrity Big Brother'
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/01/2007
Heather Mills had no problem two-stepping against other celebrities on Dancing with the Stars' fourth season but reportedly has no immediate plans to extend her role as a reality television star on either side of the Atlantic.
The 39-year-old former model and recently oustedDancing with the Stars 4 celebrity participant will not appear as in the U.K.'s upcoming Celebrity Big Brother, The (U.K.) Timesreported Monday. While the estranged wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney has "been approached to appear in a number of British TV projects," according to The Times, Mills spurned the chance to participate in Celebrity Big Brother.
"It is true that Heather has been approached by the producers of several reality TV shows, but she has declined on every occasion and will not be appearing on any such program," Mills' spokesman told The Times. "She took part in Dancing with the Stars to raise money for one of the charities she supports, but it was a one-off and there are no plans to do any others in the future."
Mills was rumored to be a celebrity participant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars 4 before officially joining the cast to help raise money for animal welfare charities as well as to inspire those with artificial limbs. She was hit by a police motorcycle while crossing a London street in August 1993 -- crushing her ribs and giving her a punctured lung -- and also needed a metal plate in her pelvis and had her left leg amputated below the knee.
Prior to being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' fourth season with partner Jonathan Roberts, Mills seemed surprised at the amount of attention her ongoing divorce proceedings with McCartney were receiving. She was especially sensitive to the judgement people were passing on her, causing her to break into tears during an early-April radio interview.
Apparently the attention she's received from being rumored as a participant in Celebrity Big Brother caused her to issue the statement declaring the reports were untrue.
"People have been wishing her luck on Celebrity Big Brother when she is out shopping or playing with her daughter and she feels it unfair the public have been misled," her spokesman told The Times. "It has also led to an increase in attention from paparazzi photographers around her home. Heather is hoping this will end the speculation."