With the second anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death coming up later this month, the late singer’s mother has revealed that she never expected her daughter to make it to 30.
“When I think Amy would have been 30 this year, it doesn’t feel right. I’m not saying I always foresaw this but I wasn’t surprised,” Janis Winehouse told The Sun. “I couldn’t see Amy as an older person. She was this young girl who exploded into the world like a firecracker and then it was, ‘OK, I’m done — I’m off’. Amy was never meant to be 30.”
Winehouse, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said that living with her daughter wasn’t always easy, especially after husband Mitch left the family home.
“When Amy was ten, she took over,” Winehouse said. “Mitch left and Amy became the dominant character in the house.”
Winehouse also said that her daughter “just switched schools when she wanted,” and that she eventually accepted that she couldn’t do anything because Amy was “too strong” for her.
Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27. Her mother said that she began drinking when she was 14 and would “help herself to drinks at bar mitzvahs, weddings, you name it.” And Winehouse wished her daughter would have had a wedding of her own.
“Of course I wish she’d married, had kids and been that archetypal Jewish girl, but that was impossible. Everything was like a story, a chapter unfolding,” she said.
Amy Winehouse married to Blake Felder-Civil for two years from May 2007 to 2009. They were granted a divorce on July 16, 2009, and it was finalized on August 28. She then dated director Reg Traviss until her death.
The Jewish Museum in London honored the “You Know I’m No Good” singer with an exhibition called “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.” The exhibition details her Jewish heritage, and includes her clothes, letters from her school days, and mix tapes she recorded the featured covers of different songs.
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