As news of her death make the rounds and her fans make their tributes, Amy Winehouse has joined a long list of celebrities who came and went like a hurricane. Many people will remember the eccentric singer for her beehive hairstyles, rich soulful voice, wild lifestyle, destructive relationships, and sadly, her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. It’s somewhat ironic that Winehouse had sung about addiction recovery in the hit song “Rehab” when she said “no, no, no” and she “won’t go, go, go.”
Born on September 14, 1983, Amy Winehouse was described as a bright, talented child. The only daughter to Mitch and Janis Winehouse, she developed a love for singing at an early age because she was surrounded by music. According to her mother, Amy was a curious, beautiful girl who’s generally happy. After her parents split up, Amy attended London’s Sylvia Young Theatre School, BRIT School, and others but she knew that she was only going to be a performing artist. Her big break came when she was signed by Island/Universal in 2002. By the time her debut album Frank was released in 2003, Amy was already smoking cannabis, and drinking.
In 2005, Amy met her future husband Blake Fielder Civil and they engaged in a dangerous relationship fueled by drugs, booze, fighting, tattoos, and chaos. After a separation, Amy took to the bottle to drown her pain. Rising from rock bottom, she recorded her final album, the mega successful “Back to Black” in 2007. The breakthrough album sold millions of copies and established her name in the United States. For the album, Winehouse also won 5 Grammys.
In 2007, Amy was reunited with Blake and they would go on heavy drug and alcohol binges, taking all kinds of drugs including cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy, and ketamine. In her own words, Winehouse said that her addiction to drugs and alcohol stemmed from her insecurities. As the addiction grew more severe, she became more and more insecure, not less.
A few years before her death, Winehouse’s parents had predicted that she would face such a tragic end if she didn’t overcome her drug and alcohol problems. On her part, she did participate in drug rehab and alcohol abuse recovery program but she would also continue to fall back to the old lifestyle, which ultimately destroyed her. Now, we can only miss her.