Paul McCartney To Tie The Knot Again

After two-year courtship, ex-Beatle proposes to Heather Mills.

Paul McCartney will soon have a new spouse to write silly love songs for.

The 59-year-old former Beatle proposed to his girlfriend, Heather Mills, on Monday during a trip to Britain's Lake District, his publicist said. The two are planning to marry sometime next year.

He proposed by dropping to one knee and offering Mills an Indian sapphire ring he bought in Jaipur, India, during a vacation in January, his publicist said.

McCartney's first wife and fellow musician, Linda, died of breast cancer in 1998.

"Paul and Heather thank their relatives and friends for the support that they've shown since they met two years ago," read a publicity statement announcing the engagement.

Mills and McCartney met at a charity event where Mills was raising financial assistance for the Heather Mills Trust, a foundation providing artificial limbs to war victims across the globe. Mills, a former swimsuit model, lost her left leg below the knee in 1993 after being hit by a police motorcyclist.

McCartney has been working on a new solo record and plans to have it in stores this fall (see "Paul McCartney Records New Album With Sugar Ray Producer").