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I won't work, says cash battle wife

A Russian former beauty queen embroiled in a High Court money fight with her estranged millionaire husband has told how she does not intend to work in future.

But Ekaterina Fields, 42, today told a judge that she was a "very good wife" and said she would try to find a new husband.

Mrs Fields, who has told reporters outside court that she is a model and a former "Miss World University", is embroiled in a dispute with estranged husband Richard Fields, 59, at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Holman has been told that the couple were married for about a decade, have two children and disagree over the division of assets worth around £6 million.

The judge has also heard that the dispute could cost the couple more than £1 million in legal bills.

Lawyers have said Mrs Fields, who has a business studies degree, has been married twice and Mr Fields five times.

Mrs Fields - who says she has worked as a personal assistant and tried real estate brokerage and diamond trading - was today questioned by a barrister representing Mr Fields.

Stephen Trowell QC asked her: "Do you intend to work at all after today?"

Mrs Fields replied "No. I intend to make attempts at making money ... It is unclear at this point how I would succeed."

She added: "I am a very good wife. I will try to find a husband."

Mr Trowell told the judge: "She should expect to start becoming self-supporting rather than being dependent on my client forever. There is a duty on Mrs Fields to exercise her earning capacity."

Mrs Fields had yesterday denied marrying Mr Fields for money.

A barrister representing her - Lewis Marks QC - had told the judge: ''It is the husband's case that my client married him for his money and he indulged her throughout.''

Mrs Fields said: ''It was not at all the dynamic of the relationship.''

Mr Justice Holman has heard that Mrs Fields and the children live in London and Mr Fields is based in Miami.

The couple had lived in the United States before their marriage broke down.

The hearing continues.

At one point Mrs Fields wept as she talked about her childhood home in Russia and her late mother.

Mr Fields is expected to give evidence later today.


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