Sunday, August 12, 2007

Winehouse: My - inevitably - drugs hell

Amy Winehouse emerged from hospital to talk about "her drugs hell" - most of the papers seem to have heard, although she doesn't seem to have spoken to any of them. The Sunday Mirror reports her saying this:

"I never want to feel that way again. It was just crazy - one of the most terrifying moments of my life. I've scared myself this time. I was all over the place. I know things have got to change. I have to sort myself out.

I'm fine. I'll be back at work on Monday."

Well, so long as you give yourself a Sunday to get over it.

Amy, according to the Mirror, has been the subject of an intervention. Unfortunately, it was a British intervention, and we don't do this sort of thing at all well:
Amy spoke out after her parents and in-laws rallied round in a five-star hotel to try to make her see sense.

The Sunday Mirror can reveal she fled the meeting with husband Blake Fielder Civil after blazing public rows involving her, dad Mitch and Blake's father Giles.

Taxi driver Mitch almost came to blows with Giles as tensions rose over Blake's influence on painfully thin Amy.

If you're planning to have an awkward attempt to persuade a loved one to take better care of themselves, our key tip would be to not do it in public:
An onlooker at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hook, Hants, said: "They were talking and then all of a sudden it got really heated and Mitch went mad. He just couldn't take it any more. He told her that she's ruining everything - her career and more importantly her life. He told her to look at what she was doing to her friends and family.

"It got to the point where they were screaming at each other. Amy told him to butt out - she claimed to know what she was doing.

"Then at the end, Amy just pushed him out of the way. She kept shouting 'No' and 'Stop it', running back to her suite in floods of tears."

Mitch, having failed to talk his daughter into getting some help, and perhaps inspired by Pete Doherty's use of the Daily Mirror to appeal to Kate Moss, decided to try and scare her straight by talking to the Sunday paper:
"She is skinny as anything and dehydrated and looks like she has just come from a concentration camp," he said. "She is barely eating. She is not sleeping. I try to get her to eat but that is easier said than done. I know that if she doesn't eat she will die."

Well, yes. Eating is quite important in the not dying.

Even the tabloid seemed to be a little queasy about the comparison between a rich woman sticking expensive drugs in her body and the millions brutally murdered in the Nazi camps, trying to make it sound alright:
Mitch, who is Jewish, told the Sunday Mirror Amy looked like a concentration camp victim.

It doesn't make it any better. If anything, it suggests Winehouse senior should know better than throwing that sort of comparison around.