Paul McCartney’s ex, Heather Mills, 53 weds Mike Dickman, 36 a businessman she met on a train in 2019
Last week, Heather Mills walked into a shop in London in a white dress only to emerge in a different white dress. Was this a coded message about her marital status?
Because, despite having vowed never to wed again after her failed marriage to Sir Paul McCartney, the entrepreneur and charity campaigner is believed to have married her businessman boyfriend Mike Dickman.
The couple started dating in the spring of 2019 and Mike, 36, who is 17 years younger, has been seen wearing a gold wedding band.
Friends say that they had a beachside ceremony in the Maldives earlier this year, on the palm fringed sand at the Anantara resort, where rooms start at £450 a night.
It’s not known whether Beatrice, her 18-year-old daughter with McCartney, was present. Sources say the couple are ‘happier than ever’ and that Heather appears to have at last found the man of her dreams.
The couple got engaged just before Christmas 2020, and were on holiday together in Dubai when news of the engagement broke in January. At the time she wrote: ‘What better way to spend my birthday than with the love of my life.’
A beach wedding is very different from her nuptials to Sir Paul McCartney, a £2.5million affair in the grandeur of Castle Leslie in Ireland in 2002.
Their marriage broke down after four years and she once responded ‘never again!’ when asked about tying the knot in future. Heather, 53, received more than £23million in cash and assets in their divorce settlement in 2008.
According to Daily Mail, as for her new husband, his background is not at all like her own. Mike Dickman counts members of the Made In Chelsea crowd, including Georgia Toffolo, as his closest friends.
Heather’s first marriage, at age 21, was to businessman Alfie Karmal in 1989. They split two years later
Educated at Sevenoaks School, a leading public school where boarding fees stand at £39,960 a year, he is the eldest son of Michael, a retired insurance executive, and the family home is a £1.7million detached house on a quiet road in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Heather, meanwhile, told in her autobiography of leaving home as a teenager and sleeping rough, and of her ordeal at the hands of her violent, abusive father.
At Sevenoaks School, Mike was something of a star – in the first team for football, cricket and golf. He went on to study classics at Durham University.
He was living in Fulham and working in marketing and competitive video gaming when his path crossed with Heather’s.
A source says that she propositioned him during a train ride in April 2019. Dickman had been to visit his younger brother Max, and enjoyed a boozy lunch with his parents.
Returning home, he took his seat in a set of four. Across the table were Mills and Beatrice playing the card game Uno.
As they arrived in London, Heather passed Mike a business card and told him, while out of her daughter’s earshot: ‘I think you’re hot, email me.’
They were spotted together that month at the Lola’s Cupcakes stand at St Pancras station. A witness said: ‘They were eating cupcakes and then kissing before walking off together arm in arm.’
Never previously married and with no children, his romantic past is less eventful than that of his new wife, who once said that every man she had ever made love with had asked her to marry them within the week.
Before Sir Paul, Heather was engaged to documentary-maker Chris Terrill, media executive Marcus Stapleton, and businessman Raffaele Mincione.
Heather is largely based in Sussex, where daughter Bea goes to school. She vigorously promotes veganism and animal rights, and also campaigns to clear landmines and to support amputees.