L.I. HEATHER NOW PAUL'S GAL NEXT DOOR
PAYS 80G TO BE NEAR KID
By TODD VENEZIA with Post Wire Services
September 4, 2006 -- It looks as if bounced Beatles bride Heather Mills McCartney is following a long and winding - and very expensive - road to see her child.
Mills, who usually calls Britain home, is shelling out $80,000 a week to rent a posh East Hampton pad located near estranged hubby Paul McCartney's retreat, where he has been vacationing with their 2-year-old daughter, Beatrice.
The model was spotted in East Hampton last week with Beatrice on her hip after McCartney had spent about two weeks gallivanting around the East End with the tot.
When Mills arrived in the Hamptons last week, she had a dramatic, 40-minute meeting with her soon-to-be ex at his East Hampton getaway. It was the pair's first face-to-face powwow in more than two months.
The warring couple tried as best they could to smooth over their differences, according to the Sunday Mirror of London.
They "decided to put their difference aside for the sake of their daughter," a source told the paper.
The pair's well-publicized travails have included everything from McCartney allegedly freezing their joint bank account to changing the locks at their formerly shared London town house so Mills initially couldn't get in.
The feud had gotten so bad that both refused to see the other, using intermediaries to pass the child between them for visits, according to the Express newspaper.
After last week's apparent truce, Mills whisked Beatrice off for a stay at the East Hampton Village rental, which reportedly goes for $80,000 a week and is about three miles from McCartney's 11-acre Amagansett vacation home.
Mills has since been seen strolling the village's quaint streets and taking her Beatrice toy shopping.
But according to Britain's Mail on Sunday, the holiday has not been all fun for the child, who was spotted throwing a fit at popular eatery Babette's on Thursday. "She is normally a well-behaved girl, but it looks as if the trauma of the divorce is getting to her," a source close to the family said.
Mills and McCartney split in May in a blockbuster divorce battle, with Mills seeking a hefty chunk of Sir Paul's $1.5 billion fortune.
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