Amy Winehouse's parents reflect on documentary ten years on
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Next week, the world will mark the tenth anniversary of the death of musician Amy Winehouse, who died aged 27. The world-renowned singer died at her home in Camden, London, sending fans into a period of mourning.
We wanted for people to get a different view of her, to understand she was a loving, kind and very generous person.
Following her heartbreaking death, a coroner confirmed that Amy’s death was due to alcohol poisoning.
She was born Amy Jade Winehouse in September 1983, to parents Mitchell, a cab driver, and Janis, a pharmacist.
Famous for her beehive hairstyle, iconic north London accent, stunning tattoos and her soulful voice that touched the hearts of millions, Amy’s final few years were played out in the eyes of the nation.
Over the course of her astronomical career, Amy publicly struggled with her mental health as well as addiction.
In a new interview ahead of a documentary to mark the tenth anniversary of her death, her parents Mitchell Winehouse and Janis Winehouse-Collins have spoken about their daughter.
A new BBC Two documentary that will air on the anniversary, July 23, will see Amy’s parents and closest friends speak about the girl from Camden behind the music and famous hair.
Discussing why they chose to speak in a documentary, Mitch said: “We wanted for people to get a different view of her, to understand she was a loving, kind and very generous person.
“You can’t airbrush all the horrible stuff out, we wouldn’t do that but we wanted to emphasise what she was really like. Even though the times she was seriously ill, what got her through it and what got us through it was our sense of humour.”
During Reclaiming Amy, the London cab driver admitted that “mistakes were made” during Amy’s struggles, leading Janis, who rarely speaks publicly to tell the BBC: “We didn’t know what to do.
“It’s down to the individual who’s going through it – because they’re the only ones who could help themselves.”
Mitch added: “No one knew what to do. Because obviously, the responsibility of the addiction lies with the person who’s struggling with the addiction. As a family, we could stand on our heads. How many times we had family interventions, I lost count.
“How many times I took her into rehabs, and she’d walk out the next day, it’s very difficult — I don’t think mistakes are the [right word] because there is no right or wrong way to deal with it.”
Amy’s closest friend, Catriona, claimed in the documentary that she and Amy were more than friends, something that Mitch said he had “no objections” to.
However, following reports that their friendship was a “fling”, Catriona was quick to silence these claims.
Taking to Instagram, she said: “Six years is by no means a ‘fling’ and, quite frankly, if that’s the only thing you glean from me talking about our very long close friendship in the documentary you’ve totally missed the point.
“Our friendship was years longer than that, the physical side being a bi-product of what was, first and foremost, two people being madly into each other as mates.”
Discussing Amy and Catriona’s friendship, Mitch said: “Catriona and Amy, they were sisters.
“They were more than best friends and if they had that kind of relationship good luck to them.”
He added: “I have no objections – I just wanted Amy to be happy and I know she was always happy with Cat in whatever way, so that’s great.”
Reclaiming Amy airs on BBC Two on Friday, July 23 at 9pm.
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