New documentary: Amy Winehouse nearly died twice


Rather than directly intervening to save addict Amy Winehouse, it appears that family and friends of the troubled singer are instead making a documentary to appear on UK television. The facts revealed in the new doc, entitled “Saving Amy” are riveting, but I just can’t help but wonder if all the effort put into making the film should have been used to stage a real intervention and get Amy some real, long-term help for her many problems.

Amy Winehouse came “close to death” twice during her worst moments, says her father.

Detailing his daughter’s lowest points for the upcoming TV documentary Saving Amy, Mitch Winehouse says that while the media have been reveling in her downfall, “They didn’t see her lying in bed for days in a dark room,” he is quoted in Hello! magazine.

“She was close to death twice. We have been working a lot to get her to where she is right now,” said the elder Winehouse, who now claims his daughter is drug-free.

Amy’s mother, Janis, also appears in Saving Amy – and is highly critical of Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who announced last week he is divorcing the singer after seeing photos of her with hunky rugby player Josh Bowman.

Monday brought tabloid reports that Amy Winehouse, 25, has moved from Bowman on to another man at the St. Lucia resort where she is vacationing.

Mitch Winehouse is quoted in Hello! as saying about Fielder-Civil’s intention to divorce: “I had to call Amy before she heard about it from someone else. She asked me, ‘Daddy, why does he want to divorce me?’ I said, ‘You know I don’t like him, but I have to admit that your behavior with another man is not what marriage is all about.’ “

[From People]

It’s hard to say who is in greater denial here: Amy or her parents. If her dad truly thinks his daughter is “drug free” right now, it’s no wonder she’s been able to perpetuate her substance abuse problems for this long. Does he not believe the photos that surfaced last week of a wasted Amy crawling around on hands and knees at a Caribbean resort, stealing drinks from patrons? He’d rather take the word of his junkie daughter, which is worth even less than tabloid reports at this point. It does bother me how often Amy’s parents use the media to talk about their daughter’s problems – but rarely do they mention what they are doing themselves. Her dad, especially, likes to run to the newspapers and tell them how serious her condition is- but then he proclaims her drug free?

Anyway, I’m sure a lot of people will be watching the documentary when it airs, but how will that help Amy?

Here’s Amy in the Caribbean on January 2nd. Images thanks to Bauer-Griffin.


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  1. Call Me Al says:

    That does seem like an odd approach. Whatever it takes to get Amy well, I hope her friends and family succeed.

  2. Ash says:

    Hmm…..did she have an unwanted accident in the water? Not that she takes the best pictures in the world. Hopefully she gets better.

  3. kate says:

    only twice?!

  4. meow mix says:

    They are soooo the British version of the Lohans

  5. jeff says:

    another over-rated piece of celebrity garbage that people will forever be mesmorized by…..get a life…

  6. Blanche says:

    She is one of the few talented and interesting female performers out there. Britney Spears is repulsive, not Amy Winehouse.

  7. Blanche says:

    Oooh, get a life. Good one Jeff. Did you think that up all by yourself?

  8. Codzilla says:

    meow mix: The only difference being that Amy is phenomenally talented, and the Lohans are a bunch of hacks.

  9. Cheyenne says:

    Third time is going to be the charm if she doesn’t get her head unfucked and start taking care of herself.

  10. Sunnyjyl says:

    Amy Winehouse has a brilliant voice. How can that be overrated?

  11. samabong says:

    she has a brilliant voice but with her personality and way to behave is just a gift wasted.So sorry I did like her works a lot even before she got famous but now I can’t stand her and all the chat about her.

  12. gg says:

    Mr. Winehouse apparently thinks being stinkin drunk all day every day is “drug-free”.

  13. Baholicious says:

    @gg: Bang on – alcohol is the worst drug there is (big picture speaking in terms of number statistics re: related crimes, family violence, accidents etc.)it’s legal and socially acceptable – unless one has a problem with it and then it’s regarded by many as a character flaw.

    It’s called “demon alcohol” for a reason.

  14. Really? Have they no shame? Cashing in on your own daughter’s suffering just to earn a quick buck? I think I’m being to see why Amy’s demons are so pervasive . . . her family would sell her down the river just as soon as look at her.

    Run, Amy. Run!

  15. Jan-Peter Scheffer says:

    The problem with those who condemn Amy Winehouse, is that they look in a mirror of humanity that reflects back what they can’t deal with. These self-appointed judges should “get a life”, as one arrogantly put it to Amy Winehouse fans, of which I’m one, making it worse by calling her “garbage”… one who is a legend of soul and blues, at age 25, garbage?! Get a life, for you have none.

  16. Jan-Peter Scheffer says:

    The problem with those who condemn the Winehouses, is that they are apparently oblivious to Amy’s father Mitch’s constant support for his daughter, in good times, and no less in bad times. Why do these self-appointed judges mistake his current role in Amy’s life for promotion of self-interest? One is required to be pro-human to understand his current position and to appreciate his role, and not being able to meet this requirement, is a miserable condition to be in, if one cared to know.

  17. BooJoulais says:

    Well, well, well…..another one of the WinoFanatic spreading gospel about the Angel named Amy. Currently, she is in the hospital at St. Lucia, for yet, ‘another collapse’. So many times, Wino fans are eating crow because their star cannot keep her hands off the chemicals, nor stop making a fool out of herself.

    One does not become a legend for being a ‘one hit’ wonder, who does a wonderful being a poster child for “Just say no”.

  18. i heart winehouse says:

    @boojoulais how can u call her a one hit wonder, when every song on her album is of a high standard.Rehab’s just the song that got everyone’s attention and imo its not the best song she’s written, theres others. As for Amy at the present stage, she obviously has many issues. the alcoholism is the first one which should be tackled and then maybe she can deal with her other problems.she’s too gifted to go to waste.