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Heather Mills talked about why she signed up for Dancing On Ice

Heather Mills talked about why she signed up for Dancing On Ice

Heather Mills talked about why she signed up for Dancing On Ice

Heather Mills has told how she is taking part in TV ice-skating contest Dancing On Ice to prove to her daughter she is not “a disabled mum that can't do anything”.

Mills, the ex-wife of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney with whom she has six-year-old Beatrice, also said she wanted to inspire others who, like her, use prosthetic limbs.

The businesswoman, who is the patron of the Hunts Point Alliance charity which helps impoverished children in The Bronx, New York, is among 14 celebrities to compete in the ITV1 competition.

At the programme's launch yesterday she said: “The charity's been suffering a lot, I've been funding it always and they said they'd give us a good fee for the charity so I thought that would be good.

“The other reason I did it is I've got 6,000 amputees on my website who look to me for inspirational things to do, jumping out of planes or skiing down a mountain, so I thought this would be a really good one to try. I didn't realise it would be the hardest thing ever to do.”

Mills lost part of her left leg after being hit by a motorcycle in 1993 and has used prosthetics ever since. She and McCartney split in 2006 and divorced two years later after a high-profile case in which Mills was awarded an estimated sum of £24.3m.

She said her ex-husband had “lots of support” for her decision to enter the competition and that their daughter was looking forward to it.

”My daughter is so excited, she's already got a matching little leotard made up to match me and she's just learnt to ice-skate.

“Now I can take her ice-skating and she's not going to have a disabled mum that can't do anything with her.”

Mills added that she was not worried about being voted out by the public.

She said: “To be honest I don't know what the public perception is, I just know what the media perception is. What I know is that I've had nothing but people coming up to me in the streets and telling me, 'we're there for you, we're rooting for you'. The underdog, the David and Goliath thing has created a huge amount of support from people and affection, and it's been quite overwhelming actually.

“People relate to things you've gone through so it will be very interesting to see whether they are the people that watch the show.”

Training has been tough on former model Mills, who has so far injured her ribs, shoulder and pelvis.

“There's not much else left to break. Until I puncture a lung I'm going to carry on.

“The only bonus to it is that I've been injured so much in my life that I'm good at healing,” she said.

Mills, who has taken part in the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, also insisted the judges would not treat her any differently to the other contestants.

“The judges won't take it into account. Len (Goodman) and Bruno (Tonioli) didn't in America, if anything they were tougher because they were telling me to worry about my upper body... My weakness was always my upper body because I was so worried about my lower body.”

Strict vegan Mills said she had brought vegan cakes to the studios for everyone to eat and that she may even pass on a few recipes to fellow competitor Tana Ramsay to pass on to her TV chef husband Gordon.

She joked: “I think I'll give her some recipes to teach him how to cook. It's easy to cook fat and sugar and meat and all that, it's hard to cook healthy. I know he's anti-veggie but that's probably because he can't cook properly.”

Gordon Ramsay could become a dad for a fifth time if his wife makes it to the Dancing On Ice final - because his wife has promised him a baby if she does well.

Ramsay, who has three daughters and a son with the foul-mouthed chef, said: “Apparently I said I'd have a fifth baby if I got to the final. It must have been over Christmas when I'd had lots of mulled wine or something. Can you imagine?”

She added that she turned down her husband's fancy recipes after a hard day's training, saying: “Do you know? All I want to eat when I get back and I'm freezing cold are things like beans on toast and jacket potatoes, sausage and mash, comfort food. All I want is a hot bath and a nice hot dinner.”

Neither will she be baring too much flesh when the competition starts - as she's worried about upsetting her children.

She said: “The first costume I tried on had a diamond shape cut-out, and I said, 'I don't do cut-outs.' I have four kids and my 12-year-old would be mortified if I went on the ice with bits cut out.

“As for Gordon, I think he just thinks I've got to get on with it, I've got to be dignified though.”

Dancing On Ice begins on Sunday on ITV1.

Belfast Telegraph