PHIL Spector's ex wife was spotted with a strikingly similar hair do to the convicted murderer – as she spoke for the first time since their divorce to claim she still cares for him.
Spector, who is behind bars for the murder of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson, isknown for his flamboyant hairpieces and even showed up to his murder trial wearing an outrageous beehive-style wig.
Now, over a decade later, his ex-wife Rachelle Short appears to have taken a page out of his stylebook.
The Sun obtained exclusive new photos of Rachelle – who still lives at the disgraced Wall of Sound’s “murder mansion” in rural LA – looking spookily similar to her one-time spouse.
The aspiring singer and pilot, 40, also spoke out to claim that she still cares for Spector, 80, even though he refuses to communicate with her following their divorce last year.
In an exclusive interview, Rachelle said: “I have no association with my ex-husband at all now.
“He refuses to speak to me, I would speak to him if he didn’t refuse.
“I loved my husband and was proud to be his wife and it was unfortunate circumstances which led to this situation.
“I have no idea if he will ever get out of prison, I have no attachment to that, I’m just trying to move on and do good things with my life.
“Phil is in the past, it was his choice and I did the best that I could. I still care for him.
“I have no idea where he is at this point, I wish him the best and I hope he is well and healthy.
“There is no ill will, 17 years with somebody is a long time and you can’t just dismiss that.”
Waitress-turned-singer Rachelle was spotted at a Starbucks near Spector’s creepy Pyrenees Castle mansion in Alhambra, California, where she continues to live.
She wore a black jacket over a grey top, with black pirate pants and sneakers as she spoke on the phone and sipped her coffee.
These days her hair is a much darker shade than the glossy blonde locks she sported while backing Spector during two trials over the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Let It Be producer Spector and Rachelle, then 26, married in September 2006 while he was on bail for the killing.
Spector claimed that 40-year-old Lana had killed herself in the foyer of his mansion but prosecutors successfully argued that he was a “demonic maniac” who liked to play Russian roulette with women’s lives.
Following the second trial – the first ended in a hung jury – he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 2009. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2025.
In 2016 Spector filed for divorce from the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, citing irreconcilable differences.
He accused Rachelle of purchasing a $350,000 airplane, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari, expensive plastic surgery, expensive jewelry and two homes for her mom while only giving him $300 a month to survive in jail.
When the divorce was finalized the couple agreed to sell Pyrenees Castle and split the proceeds.
The 10,590-square foot property, which boasts 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, first went on the market in March last year for $5.5 million.
Since then the asking price has been dropped several times and is now at $4,428,000.
Rachelle even had to take the property off the market for several months after the coronavirus outbreak first swept through California in March.
Although it is now being listed again, surging Covid-19 cases in the state mean that she cannot show the mansion to potential buyers.
Rachelle said she hopes things will start to “calm down” soon so she can sell the property.
She added: “All the feedback that we have got about the property has been very positive.
“I’ve lived there 17 years and have done a lot of work to restore it.
“There was a lot of love that went into making that house a home, I have such a personal attachment and love for it.
“But sometimes you have to move on and create new memories.”
Describing herself as a “free bird”, Rachelle said she does not know where she will move to next but plans to spend more time with her family in Pittsburgh.
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