Heather Mills has felt “suicidal” and “persecuted” since her split from Sir Paul McCartney.

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The former model, who is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with the Beatles legend, claims she has been the victim of a media hate campaign, received death threats and has likened herself to the late Princess Diana.

Heather, who has a four-year-old daughter Beatrice with Paul, said tearfully: “They make up such lies. They’ve called me a whore, a golddigger, a fantasist, a liar, the most unbelievably hurtful things, and I’ve stayed quiet for my daughter.

“We’ve had death threats, I’ve been close to suicide. I considered killing myself because I thought if I am dead, my daughter can be safe with her father.

“I’m so upset about this. I’ve had worse press than a paedophile or a murderer and I’ve done nothing but charity for 20 years.

“I have been persecuted. What did the paparazzi do to Princess Diana? They chased her and they killed her.”

Heather also shockingly compared her treatment to that of Kate McCann, whose four-year-old daughter Madeline disappeared in Portugal earlier this year sparking a worldwide search.

She said: “Look what they are doing to the McCanns, they have lost their daughter. What are we doing as a nation to persecute a woman that is devastated behind closed doors and trying to hold it together as I have for 18 months.

“They will go for me tomorrow and they will go, ‘She’s crazy and she’s this and she’s that.'”

Heather, who has reportedly rejected a UKP50 million divorce settlement from Paul, also denied she is trying to extract as much money as she can from the musician.

She added to UK TV show ‘GMTV’ today (31.10.07): “I am the one that is abused daily. I have protected Paul for this long and I am trying to protect him but I am being pushed to the edge.

“These figures are made up, UKP100 million, UKP50 million, UKP20 million. I am UKP1.5 million in debt in lawyers’ fees.

“I could sell my story right now. When did I ask for anything?”

Heather – who split from Paul in May 2006 following a four-year marriage – claims living in the UK is like “living in a prison” and wishes she could move to the US.

Heather, 39, is planning to launch a campaign to change European law to force the media to treat her fairly.

She said: “I will fight back. I need to get everybody to petition that they don’t want to be lied to any more by the press.”

Heather, who lost her left leg below the knee in a motorbike accident in 1993, also said she is tired of people making jokes about her prosthetic limb.

She fumed: “My sister was crying her eyes out because TV presenters are making awful jokes about me.

“I’ve got six amputee girls crying because they’re getting bullied at school because people are joking about the loss of my limb.”