In his first full-length interview since the death of her sister, Amy Winehouse’s older brother, Alex Winehouse, told the Observer Magazine that his sister’s eating disorder is what ultimately took her life versus her presumed battles with addiction.
He said that bulimia “left her weaker, and more susceptible” and added, “She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia.”
“Had she not have had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger,” he argued. Her struggles with food started when she was 17, when the singer had a group of friends who “were all doing it.”
Alex explained: “They’d put loads of rich sauces on their food, scarf it down and throw it up. They stopped doing it, but Amy never really stopped. We all knew she was doing it but it’s almost impossible [to tackle], especially if you’re not talking about it.”
Blake Fielder-Civil, who is famous for breaking Amy Winehouse’s heart enough for her to create one of the greatest albums of our time, then marrying her and introducing her to drugs, is now in an induced coma after a massive drug overdose. It’s been a little over a year since Amy herself drank herself to death.
Blake was discovered by his partner, and mother of his 15-month-old, Sarah Aspin, who found him choking in his bed last Friday. Thursday he had come home slurring, but was obviously in severe condition by Friday. He was found to have suffered major organ failure, and is currently on life support.
Mitch called for prayer on Twitter “Terrible news about Blake this morning. Remember Amy loved him. Let’s pray for his recovery.”
It is both appropriate and sad that the video for “Body and Soul,” a duet by Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse, has been released on her 28th birthday.
The duet, recorded earlier this year, would be Amy’s final recording. The soul singer passed away in late July, possibly due to a seizure brought on by detoxing.
“Body and Soul” is one of many big-name collaborations on Duets II, set to be released next Tuesday. Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin and other big stars team up with Bennett, who’s still going strong at 85.