17 Jun Amy Winehouse “In Denial” Over Addiction
Amy Winehouse, the 25-year-old British singer who consistently makes headlines due to alcohol and drug abuse, is “in denial” over her drug addiction and continues to drink heavily, according to her parents. Janis Winehouse, her mother, said that “the need to rescue her is enormous. Amy is in denial all the time.”
“She probably feels trapped, her body is trapping her. But I know with addiction you do not have the choice because the substance itself directs you,” she continued. Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, said that he wants his daughter to be “a whole person again.” He said he has seen a remarkable recovery in his daughter in the last six months, but that she still has alcohol-related “backward steps.”
“I tried it all—I said, ‘Amy you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to go to this doctor, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that, you’re killing me, you’re killing your mum’. None of it worked,” Mitch said.
The singer is currently living on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, after making a brief return to the UK earlier this year in an attempt to save her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, who was released from prison in February for assault and went straight to a drug rehab program. Civil filed for divorce in January when he saw pictures of Amy with other men on St. Lucia.
However, the former couple remains separated. “Amy and Blake have decided that they want to get on with their lives separately, and if they get back together again in the future and they’re both clean and they still love each other, that’s up to them,” Mitch said.
Amy’s health has been the subject of speculation over the last few years, as she struggled with addiction to heroin and crack cocaine. Last year she was treated for “traces” of emphysema and has spent several stints in rehab.
Source: BBC, Winehouse “in denial” over drugs, June 17, 2009
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