Charity campaigner Heather Mills MCCARTNEY has lashed out of claims she married Sir Paul McCartney for his vast fortune in her new self-help book LIFE BALANCE. THE Beatles rocker, 63, and former model, 38, announced their split yesterday (17MAY06) after nearly four years of marriage and having daughter, BEATRICE, together. Since she began dating the veteran musician in 1999, Mills MCCartney has been portrayed as gold-digging liar by some sections of the press, much to the chagrin of the couple. MCCartney published a statement on his website yesterday, saying, "It's been suggested that she married me for the money and there is not an ounce of truth in this. "She is a very generous person who spends most of her time trying to help others in greater need than herself." MCCartney's sentiments are echoed in Mills MCCartney's book, which hits shops next week (begs22MAY06). She writes, "They (the media) made me out to be a gold digger and I decided to keep my mouth shut and say nothing. "Looking back, that was a mistake. That period turned out to be the darkest and most difficult in my life - worse even than losing my leg." Mills MCCartney lost her left leg in a road accident in Kensington, London, in 1993.