I have really been cheering for Amy Winehouse – while her life-sucking husband Blake Feilder-Civil is behind bars, she’s been looking good. Well, better. She put on a few pounds, tried a new hairstyle and took a vacation away from him. All positive signs that she is breaking free from the enabler she married.
But the photos from The Sun newspaper show that Amy is back on the drugs.
Amy had some friends over Friday night to her London pad, where she allowed herself to be filmed smoking crack, the night before she appeared at husband Blake’s court hearing.
Within seconds of greeting pals at the door, she greedily snorted powdered ecstasy offered on the corner of a credit card.
Minutes later, with her head swimming, she is seen on the video being offered cocaine.
A friend cautions her not to take too much because the drug is from a highly-concentrated stash.
But Amy disregards the warning and hungrily snorts a clump.
The star, her new bottle-blonde hair looking dull and lifeless, then drifts through her lounge in search of the next fix.
She appears oblivious to booze and drugged-up hangers-on milling around and playing on her pool table.
The surreal scene is played out against a soundtrack of 1950s songs from the stereo, including It’s All In The Game by crooner Tommy Edwards, who drank himself to death at 47.
Just before 5am, Amy heads up a spiral staircase to her dimly-lit bedroom, where she squats on her leopardskin print duvet and chats to scruffy pals as she primes a glass pipe with rocks of crack.
She fires it up with a lighter and inhales deeply several times, holding the fumes in her lungs as long as possible to maximise the effect.
The voice that has sold millions of records is transformed into a weak, breathless croak as she tries to talk.
On a wall in the background is a wedding picture of Amy and Fielder-Civil, who is in jail awaiting trial on assault and perverting justice charges.
Pals ask her to go out with them, but she mutters: “I’d be useless to you because I’ve had about six Valium.”
Ironically, she insists she cannot party too heavily as she has to be up at 8am to get to the court on time.
[From The Sun. You can view the video there and below.]
A reporter for the newspaper offers her opinion, that perhaps Amy should be sanctioned under Britain’s Mental Health Act. This is where a doctor and a social worker would suggest that Amy has a problem, and she would be detained for up to 72 hours for assessment, and then detained longer for treatment if it is deemed necessary. Further treatment is limited to 28 days.
The further treatment would need to be signed off by a doctor who already knows Amy, and while addicts probably get sick (actually, I suspect they feel unwell a lot more often than non-users!) do they see a doctor? I assume that the best doctor to sign off would be the one who admitted her following her collapse in August.
The mental health act is very rarely used, and I’m not sure if drug addiction fits under the category of mental illness. It’s a mind altering drug, not an illness in itself. If this video leads to a criminal investigation for Amy, she could be ordered into treatment by law.
I wish Amy would kick the drugs – I can’t wait for her next album.
Note by Celebitchy: Watching this video is kind of fascinating. It’s like a slice of Amy Winehouse’s life and you get to watch as she chats on the phone, talks to her friends, and casually smokes crack. I really couldn’t tell what the hell she was saying apart from the line where she admits to taking six Valium. It’s not shocking or anything that Winehouse does drugs, but now that it’s caught on tape she may have to finally face up to her addiction. Maybe it will turn out for her like Kate Moss and now that this drug video is out she’ll go to um, a treatment facility, (you try to avoid the “r” word with this one) and put her talent to good use again afterwards. It’s not like Kate Moss isn’t still doing drugs, but she’s somehow not doing them constantly and her career got back on track after she took measures to clean up after the cocaine video. We can only hope for an outcome like that for Amy.
Here’s the video, thanks to The Sun:
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Amy Winehouse is shown on 1/18/08 the day she went to court to support her husband and stopped at McDonalds, thanks to WENN.