Heather Mills will spend her 40th birthday alone, say pals.
The former model - who is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with estranged husband Sir Paul McCartney - has told friends she doesn't want a big party to celebrate reaching the milestone tomorrow (12.01.08), because divorce proceedings have left her "exhausted".
Heather - who faces legal fees of ¬£1.5 million - has also moaned to pals she doesn't have enough money for a lavish bash.
A friend said: "Heather normally needs no excuse to throw a party - but not this time.
"During her days with Paul she was treated like a queen on her birthday and had gifts lavished on her. But those days have gone. She has made it clear that she's in no mood to throw a big party - she doesn't have the money or the inclination.
"She's basically told us, 'I'm p****d off, broke and feel rubbish. What have I got to celebrate?'"
However, her friends think Heather is really afraid of turning 40.
One friend told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "At the heart of it all is the fact that Heather is not really enjoying the fact that she's 40."
It was recently claimed Heather - who has a four-year-old daughter with Paul - is set to sell her ¬£3 million home to pay her huge legal bills.
She owes ¬£1.5 million to law firm Mishcon de Reya and could lose her property in order to settle the debt.
A source said: "Heather is telling friends that relations have broken down so badly between her and her former lawyers, Mishcon de Reya, she will have to sell the house Paul bought her to pay the legal bills. Mishcon de Reya are poised to serve with a writ for the cash." (c) BANG