Hollywood heart-throb Jude Law has agreed to pay ex-wife Sadie Frost $18 million (GBP10 million) after she threatened to go after half of everything he earns.

The former couple, who divorced last year (03) after nine years of marriage, are close to settling on a deal after months of bitter fighting. The stress of continuous rows has taken such a toll on fashion designer Frost that she is prepared to settle for the huge cash deal and put the past behind her.

A friend of Frost confides, "She has felt that until now she hasn't really been able to turn a corner because of the ongoing strain of fighting it out with Jude.

"She and Jude have started to mend bridges recently and that also contributed to her decision to accept the deal. She is also very happy with her new boyfriend Jackson Scott, and that has helped her see that she needs to pit everything with Jude behind her."

The Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow actor will give his 37-year-old ex-wife the $9 million (GBP5 million) London house they bought together, as well as pay for their three children's educations, the costs of their nannies and their maintenance.

Law will also pay Frost $45,000 (GBP25,000) every month to maintain her lifestyle as well as an initial lump sum of $5.4 million (GBP3 million) and half the proceeds from the sale of the London flat they also own.

03/10/2004 10:30