Russell Brand wishes he had helped Amy Winehouse come off drugs.
The comedian - who has been sober for over 10 years after battling heroin addiction - has revealed he still feels guilty about not helping the late soul singer get clean when he first realized she was struggling with addiction.
"I got clean at the age of 27, the age Amy was when she died. Amy's death was a paradoxical unsurprising shock. I felt like I could have done something to help -- to give her the chance I had. When she died, it was this feeling of, 'Agh, I knew that was going to happen.' And I had this flickering sense that I should have done something about that. I feel a bit guilty that there was nothing I did."
The 37-year-old funnyman recalled seeing the troubled star - who was found dead in her London home last July - on the party scene and being disturbed by her behavior, prompting him to ask others to help her.
Pete Doherty believes that he is being haunted by Amy Winehouse. The 32-year-old singer was close pals with the "Rehab" hitmaker before her death from alcohol poisoning in July, and he has become so concerned her ghost is now floating around his London home he has gone to Paris to escape the spectre.
"He is utterly convinced that he has seen her ghost. A lot of people will think his visions are probably drug-induced but he claims he is clean," said a friend of the Babyshambles singer.
Pete, however, is so worried about the alleged apparition he is refusing to come back from his French break. During a recent London concert, Pete revealed he had written a song for Amy but he never got a chance to record it with her. Introducing the song, the former Libertines frontman said, "Amy Winehouse asked me a while ago if I had written any new songs. I played her something, and when I had finished, she looked at me and said, 'Is that it? Is that all you've got?'"
Forget Blake—Amy Winehouse has got a new boyfriend!
The “Rehab” singer has been spotted on a dinner date with film director Reg Traviss and was later seen kissing him outside her London home.
“Amy really likes Reg. They’ve been seeing each other for a good few weeks now. He’s a decent guy with his feet firmly on the ground. He’s cultured and talented and they talk and laugh about all sorts. And they’re openly affectionate in front of friends and family now too,” a source told The Sun.
News of Amy’s new romance comes just weeks after she split from Blake Fielder-Civil, her ex-husband who she had reunited with at the beginning of this year. One fan of the 26-year-old singer’s new romance is her father Mitch Winehouse, who has previously blamed Blake for her drug addiction struggles.
“I’m happy she’s got a new boyfriend. I’m happy she’s moving on with her life. He’s a normal guy, very nice,” Mitch said.
Amy Winehouse has been charged with common assault.
The singer voluntarily attended Milton Keynes police station yesterday afternoon to answer questions about an incident at the city’s theatre on Saturday and was formally arrested and charged with a Section 5 public order offence and common assault.
Amy is accused of kicking the theatre’s front-of-house manager Richard Pound after he tried to eject her from the audience during a performance of pantomime Cinderella. The 26-year-old star - who is thought to have been drinking - reportedly spent more than half an hour of the first act of the performance yelling expletives.
Her outbursts were said to include “f**k Cinders, Prince Charming, marry me” and branding the Ugly Sisters “b***hes.” Families in the audience got upset when Amy repeatedly stood up, blocking their view to jeer at the cast.
She is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 20 January 2010.
On what may be a result of more drug abuse, Amy Winehouse has asked her ex-husband to marry her again.
The “Back To Black” singer reportedly told Blake Fielder-Civil she was planning to wear her engagement ring again and the reconciled couple are now planning a wedding for three months time.
“We both know we’ve only ever been divorced on paper. This is the right thing to do. We’ve been talking on the phone five or six times a day. On Friday she told me she was going to put the engagement ring on. It’s the engagement ring I gave Amy the first time. I think it cost $3,000 from Tiffany. We’d changed our status to married on Facebook a couple of weeks back but that was more of a laugh. This is the real deal. She told me she wanted to get married again. I feel so happy,” Blake reportedly told a friend.
The wedding plans are currently on hold as under the terms of his prison release, Blake - who was jailed for attempting to pervert the course of justice and grievous bodily harm - is unable to return to London until February and is currently receiving treatment at a rehabilitation clinic in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
Amy Winehouse has made a “miraculous” recovery from her addictions.
The singer’s father Mitch Winehouse is delighted with his daughter’s progress as she battles her drug and alcohol problems and believes she should be given more credit for her hard work. “She’s doing fantastic and I don’t think enough credit is given to her about what she’s achieved over the last year. It’s been nothing short of miraculous,” he told Heat magazine.
The “Back to Black” singer - who spent several months earlier this year living on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia - has just spent $59,000 on a breast enlargement operation, which Mitch claims was a way of her getting some control of her life. “I think she looks great, every bit of her - including the boobs,” Mitch said.
Mitch also likened his daughter - who recently divorced Blake Fielder-Civil but is rumored to have rekindled her romance with him - to Kerry Katona and Katie Price. “They all have a knack of choosing the wrong men,” he stated.
Kelly Osbourne has blamed DNA for her addiction.
The Dancing With the Stars contestant—whose father, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, has had a long-running battle with drugs and alcohol—believes that her dependence on prescription drugs is something hardwired into her genes.
Kelly, who is now drug free, told Britain’s BBC Radio 5 Live, “I don’t have any shadow of a doubt that addiction is a disease. It is in your genes. The only people in my family who don’t have that gene are my mother and my sister Amy. I consider myself lucky that I saw both sides of it. Drugs stop you from screaming on the outside, but you are still screaming on the inside. I was addicted by 16. Drugs stopped me from feeling a certain way. Some people experience euphoria, but I never felt that. They numbed me and gave me confidence. It was like a magic medicine.”
Kelly—who has been in rehab four times, most recently in January—admits that she became a recluse during her lowest points of addiction.
Looks like Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil are taking some cues from Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee.
The “Love Is A Losing Game” singer saw her ex-husband, whom she was officially divorced from last week, for the first time in 14 months for a secret date last Friday.
“Amy had been secretly planning this meeting, but told everyone she didn’t want to see Blake. The date went well. They had dinner and drinks and then—without anyone else knowing—she invited him back to her place early Saturday morning,” said a source.
In order for Amy, 25, to sneak Blake—banned by her family from seeing her—into her home, she had to send him through a window, so security wouldn’t raise the alarm (high school love story, anyone?).
Amy Winehouse was too high on drugs to record a proposed James Bond theme song.
The “Rehab” singer - who teamed up with producer Mark Ronson for the Quantum of Solace title track in 2008 - allegedly ruined the collaboration by partying too hard at the recording studio. Amy’s estranged husband Blake Fielder-Civil told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “It just turned into an excuse for a wild drink and drugs party. She wasn’t concentrating on work.”
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Someone please sign me up for a St. Lucia makeover stat.
Last November, Amy Winehouse was walking around looking bloated and bruised. Now the “Rehab” singer appears surprisingly healthy. After an 8-month escape to the Caribbean island, Winehouse returned to her UK stomping grounds down a beehive and up a body-covering outfit. (Her eyeliner won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.)
Could this be permanent change, or will Amy eventually fall off the wagon a la Mischa Barton? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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