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Tuesday, 23 November, 1999, 16:21 GMT
Sir Paul sidesteps romance
Sir Paul McCartney with Fiona Mills, Helen Smith and Heather Mills

Sir Paul McCartney played it cool when he launched a charity single which prompted rumours of a romance with a former model earlier this month.

The former Beatle appeared with Heather Mills at the Imax Cinema in London's Waterloo to launch her single, Voice, which is aimed at raising awareness about disability.

The two refused to pose together for photographs at the event - and Sir Paul, who plays guitar and sings backing vocals, left soon after the photocall was over.

They posed each side of Heather's sister Fiona, who owns the record company which is releasing the track, and 22-year-old Helen Smith, who lost both legs, an arm, and a hand to meningitis. She appears in the video to the track.

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Mills, 31, had her left leg amputated in 1993 after a car accident. Proceeds from her single go to her charity, the Heather Mills Health Trust, to which Sir Paul donated 150,000 in August.

He said: "It's an excellent cause. I saw the video and it is pretty shocking and I was moved by it.

"Anyone who looks at that video and still wonders why I got involved must have no feelings at all.

"The video is very in-your-face, it's strong and it challenges your perceptions of disability."

He added he was also involved with other causes, such as the animal rights causes he is well known for.

Mills later dismissed the relationship rumours: "There is no-one in my life at the moment. If there was, it would be a nightmare. There is no romance, we are just friends."

The record features Mills talking about the challenges facing people with disabilities, and the video features colour shots of her dancing interspersed with black and white film of landmine victims, disabled athletes and amputees trying to overcome their disability.

She said Sir Paul had been "very supportive and interested" in the issues the single deals with.

Sir Paul's wife, Linda, died in April 1998 from breast cancer.

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