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Amy's Dad Speaks Out

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Mitch Winehouse was on ITV's This Morning on Monday to talk about his famous daughter and combat the lies and half-truths in the tabloids, he says.

- Mitch told Fern & Phillip how Amy was actually an opponent of hard drugs until she married Blake.
- Amy’s widely reported overdose in August was in fact a seizure brought on by the use of drugs and spoke of how this is even more dangerous.
- Mitch said that her bulimia still has to be fully addressed and although she has put on some weight, she is still not cured.
- He revealed that she cannot face reading the papers and that a good friend does it for her.
- He told of how he and Amy’s mother were disappointed at not being able to attend her wedding in May.
- He revealed that he did tell her not to go to rehab, as she states in her famous song, but that he’s changed his mind now.
- He told of the measures which are in place to help Amy as soon as she requests it.

Amy's hubby, Blake, won't be happy to hear what Poppa Winehouse had to say!

CLICK HERE to check out the full transcript!

[Image via WENN.]

The interview began with a VT showing images of an extremely underweight Amy, paparazzi shots of Amy and husband Blake covered in cuts and Amy wearing blood soaked shoes. Fern asked Mitch how he copes with such images of his daughter.

Mitch: “Those particular shots are very difficult to cope with. But there’s a different story behind the headlines. Some of the things which have been reported in the press have been completely inaccurate and sometimes they’re lies. Clearly what you’ve just seen in those photographs are not lies but what preceded it and what went after it, well it’s stretching the truth, lets put it like that.”

Fern: “We knew she appeared to be drinking quite a lot because of her famous song ‘Rehab’ and Daddy says ‘You don’t need to go’. That’s you, did you say that?”

Mitch: “I did then but you know my opinion has changed now.”

Fern: “So she is still drinking?”

Mitch: “She’s not drinking as heavily now as she was then actually but there are other problems. The other problem is the bulimia which is still apparent, although she’s put on about a stone in weight but it’s still affecting her health and there are problems with substance abuse as well. But again not as bad as has been reported.”

Fern: “So the overdose or alleged overdose…"

Mitch interrupted her saying, “It wasn’t an overdose it was a seizure, which in fact is worse.”

Fern: “A seizure brought on by drug use?”

Mitch: “Yes.”

Fern: “When did the drug abuse start do you know?”

Mitch: “It’s apparent in her music that she’s smoked dope for quite a while, probably from the age of 16 or 17, perhaps even earlier. She was a complete opponent of hard drugs in fact she got up and said she couldn’t understand why people in the music industry took hard drugs and that changed about 6 months ago when she got married to Blake. And I’m not saying its Blake’s fault, what I’m saying is Amy’s responsible for her own actions, however it’s a fact that the hard drugs coincided with their marriage.”

Phillip: “Were you surprised at the marriage?”

Mitch: “Well I knew that they were going to get married, we weren’t completely in the dark but we were kind of hoping that Amy’s mum could have been there at least. So we were a little disappointed yeah.”

Phillip: “You see a picture of your little girl on the telly looking like that and a life that seems to be from our point of view, that she’s pressed the self destruct button in the last six months. And you think, ‘My god, where is this going to end up’. You must be thinking that now.”

Mitch: “Well we do think that. We do think, where is it going to end up and we don’t know. But you know as I’ve said before, at the moment she decides that enough is enough, all the help that she needs will be in place. Her family are there, the doctors are there, the facilities are there, should she wish to make use of them. We’re not completely helpless, things are in position.”

Phillip: “Does this help, you doing this [the interview]? Do you think that helps?

Mitch: “Well one of the reasons I agreed to do this is because as you know, our side of the family rarely speak to the press. One of the things that disturbed me on Friday was newspaper reports in the tabloids which was, when Amy had the seizure, which they call the overdose, she had to have her stomach pumped out, she had to have an adrenaline shot in the chest a la Pulp Fichtion. It’s all complete nonsense, none of that happened.”

Mitch: “I don’t read the papers myself. A friend of mine, a guy called Ginger Norman, he reads them for me. Because I can’t bring myself to read the papers ever day and he kind of vets the news for me everyday because I just can’t face it. He asked me to have a look as this particular piece which I did do. I phoned the newspaper in question, spoke to the newsdesk, I told them what had happened. They said they had no interest in what I have to say on this subject.”

Mitch: “The newspapers don’t say what a lovely person she is, what a caring girl she is, what a wonderful grandchild and child she’s been to her parents. All they will tell you is that she’s a drug addict, that she’s out of control. Of course that is partially true but it’s not the full truth. She’s not really out of control, there are controls.”

Fern: “She’s on a European tour right now, she’s just finishing it. How often do you talk to her?”

Mitch: “Well you know I try and speak to her every other day but you know every day I’m in contact with the tour. I went to Norway last week because there was a problem out there. Again it was in all the newspapers that they found Cannabis, it didn’t belong to her, it belonged to someone else on the tour. They arrested Blake, Amy and the person who was responsible. And they only released them after they signed a form, which they were told was a release form, it was in Norwegian. It was actually a confession, so this being dealt with now by the Norwegian authorities and the British Consulate because the ramifications of that is that she now can’t get into the States and she was meant to go next week.”

Finally, Fern asked after Amy’s current state of health and what the future holds for her

Mitch: “She’s ok, she’s put on over a stone. She’s eating, although the eating disorder hasn’t been fully addressed. If you look at the photographs of her in August and see her now you will see a marked change for the better. But it’s a change for the better, it isn’t a cure.”

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65 comments to “Amy's Dad Speaks Out”

  1. R says – reply to this


    Where is Britney?

  2. BECCABUTT says – reply to this


    Oh my…

  3. taby says – reply to this


    wow shes wacko 1st

  4. lolo says – reply to this



  5. nymphetamine says – reply to this



  6. Lisa B says – reply to this


    Wow. First?

  7. sj says – reply to this



  8. cubican says – reply to this


    Who Cares

  9. sarahbears says – reply to this


    god. love her beyond on belief, and hope she gets well. amazing talent and amazing soul. someone give her a hug, for crying out loud.

  10. Sushi says – reply to this


    Get well!!

  11. soconfused says – reply to this


    Man Perez, do you even read what you wrote before you post these things?? I can't even figure out who you're talking about…she,he….are you sure you know english??

  12. lola says – reply to this


    1st 1st 1st ha ha ha!

  13. Kristi says – reply to this


    you might want to reread your wording….check your he's and she's

  14. LOLO says – reply to this



  15. kaitlin says – reply to this


    The only weight this chick has put on is that nest on her head….she has about 30 lbs to gain before she looks healthy again.

  16. It's Britney Bitch says – reply to this


    Stupid Trailer Park Trashy Azz Bitch, Who Cares Bout Amy Whinaho, She's a nobody. Is her album even gold status.. Only dumb ass white bitches do the stupid shit she does, slicing her wrist, wanna be anorexic, seems to me, she needs, to just fucking die n e way, n perez u sick fat fuck, who's dicking u down, to post this bitches, biddness on here, i love ur site, but at the same time u be having some stupis shit up here, where's britney at, hell fuck this slutty ass, anal having cracker bitch

  17. D says – reply to this


    Perez, can you please change the language on here and the pronouns–it is hard to follow your story.

  18. huh? says – reply to this


    Check you he's and she's…

  19. liz says – reply to this


    Poor Amy. I feel bad for her.
    Amy dear,get the help you need,and get rid of that shit head husband.Your life will be better,it really will be.

  20. MMB says – reply to this


    I'm a web editor…and boy do you need one Perez! you have to get somebody proofing these posts! the he/she mistakes are awful, and you always have errors!

  21. beefy says – reply to this


    could this be written any worse??? wtf!

  22. Cat says – reply to this


    Goddamnit, can't understand a word of much of this - sort your bloody pronouns out, Perez.

  23. Rash Manly says – reply to this


    Get better, Amy!
    Dump Blake the Flake!

  24. prayers for AMy says – reply to this


    Me thinks that Dad wants to believe that Amy's sitch is not as bad as it is. I hope she pulls it together. She is an AMAZING talent and sweet girl.

  25. SHE, HE, WHO THE EFF IS SPEAKING? says – reply to this


    I didn't understand your blurb. Who is the "She told her not to go to rehab?" What???

  26. SHE, HE, WHO THE EFF IS SPEAKING? says – reply to this


    I didn't understand your blurb. Who is the "She told her not to go to rehab?" What???

  27. Chl says – reply to this


    What am amazing dad! So supportive and honest. LOVELY!

  28. Barrinton Smythe the third says – reply to this


    Do some research before posting. Amy's back to black album is multi platinum all over the world, including the US & UK

  29. courtney says – reply to this


    at least she`s eating…
    i hope.

  30. ninandtom says – reply to this


    she's so screwed up but isn't that how most of the greats have been before they die. a tortured soul.

  31. Kacky says – reply to this


    How sad that she wears the stage wig and makeup wherever she goes.

  32. Love Amy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says – reply to this


    Amy is the best..She just needs to get rid of all the clowns around her. She is sexy, and talented.
    And Britney fans fuckin go away,

  33. jackbun says – reply to this


    that "she" is doing crazy things!!!

  34. Mike says – reply to this


    I saw his interview and i felt sorry for the guy…he is a very sweet,loving father and i hope everything turns out ok for him and his family.

  35. Mette says – reply to this


    I will always love Amy, no matter what. :)

  36. stacee says – reply to this


    "He revealed that she cannot face reading the papers and that a good friend does it for him"
    ——-which is it? can SHE? not read them and someone does for HER? or can HE? not read them and someone does for HIM?
    "He revealed that he did tell her not to go to rehab, as she states in her famous song, but that he’s changed his mind now"
    ——ok i thought the song said "HE tried to make me go to rehab……"
    ——y do u say "HE did tell her NOT to go….?
    ——i read this site faithfully everydau but you need to pay more attention to what you're typing
    ——also you mite wanna try a lil harder to get stories b/c i also read other gossip sites and they usu have more info.

  37. osirios says – reply to this


    sick little ho

  38. SUPPORT HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says – reply to this


    Amy is AMAZING!!! Everyone leave her alone and support her..She is as messed up as the rest of us..She represents real people, not the dumb ass rich kids on here..Love U AMY!!

  39. sad says – reply to this


    I hope she gets well but I'm kinda sick of reading all of this. She needs to be left alone now, I think. to get out of the limelight. And if you really are her friend, Perez, then you should stop posting these things about her because it's not exactly helping. Neither will it help your image if you're a part of ruining your friends career (and possibly her life), now will it? She needs to be left alone by the press and supported by her family. The rest is upto her. I hope she finds her way out of it.

  40. Mike says – reply to this


    Re: stacee – The song says:"…and if my daddy thinks i'm fine,THEY tried to make me go to rehab but i won't go,go,go…." THEY=her management tried to make her go but her dad at the time thought she was fine.ps:i read the transcript and it's her dad that cannot read the papers.

  41. HASBEEN says – reply to this



  42. JesúsdeVerdad says – reply to this


    What kind of Fukcery is this? You made me miss the slick-Rick-gig and thought I didn't love you when you did. . . . . All I gotta say is that we might be able to ctricize this girl, but live up to her?? Let her be, and we will see the glory of aMY! Oh, btw, quit the racist comments HASBEEN. Wake up and smell the melting pot. BESOS MIL A MI AMY!

  43. Pari says – reply to this


    Re: HASBEENShut up your jealous whore. Amy is the most talented female artist. She is a true legend. If you can't see that, then there must be something seriously wrong with you! I'm glad Perez is supporting Amy. She deserves the best!! :)

  44. Melania says – reply to this


    The cashier girl lurking in the background looks like Harry Potter.

  45. mahmoud says – reply to this


    she's just a spoiled girl!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Miss A says – reply to this


    I feel bad for her dad. He cares and she still there doing shit she shouldnt.

  47. Stacey says – reply to this


    I hope she gets better soon!
    I love Amy.

  48. cugirl says – reply to this


    Um, yeah. Bulimia doesn't make you super skinny like Amy Winehouse. Bulimics are typically of a normal weight, or slightly heavier (but not fat).

  49. cugirl says – reply to this


    Um, yeah. Bulimia doesn't make you super skinny like Amy Winehouse. Bulimics are typically of a normal weight, or heavier (but not fat). Sounds like denial to me, especially about her drug use.

  50. Ms. Ink says – reply to this


    Her poor parents,

    What a lovely dad, to try and put things to rights like that. It takes a lot of guts to go out of your way and stand up for the truth, the media is a lying and self-serving beast at times.

  51. christy says – reply to this


    WTF???!?!?!?! bulimia? damn i just thought it was the drugs. hopefully shes able to be strong and straighten out her life because shes sooooo talented. itd be a shame if she couldnt :( best of luck amy!!

  52. Patryck Cod'e says – reply to this


    It's Britany Bitch? it should be "It's Britany's Bitch" and what a raving moron to boot.
    Amy Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. larissa says – reply to this


    the entire family is whacked

  54. LUX says – reply to this


    *He revealed that he did tell her not to go to rehab, as she states in her famous song, but that he’s changed his mind now.*

    For the record it was never her dad who told her– it was the record company, hence the lyrics"And if my daddy thinks i'm fine". just FYI

  55. maryann says – reply to this


    She use to be pretty!
    She needs to get clean, gain some weight, get tattoo removal, get a new make-up artist and new stylist…..

  56. kate says – reply to this


    Amy's a little manipulater. She obviously knows paparazzi are following her around. So what does she do? Head for the closes Micky D's for a photo op. But Amy knows they can't follow her into her bathroom to document what happens 20 minutes later!!!

  57. mariposa says – reply to this


    My idol should realize soon, TODAY!, that she is a hot, and great singer and more. She is 24 years old and if she decide to live her life, when she get a few years older My Wino will be saying I know I was stupid to let my youth disappear just because my drug, and addictions priorities,And is no Holiday that can get you back time wasted Wino!!!!!

  58. Pari says – reply to this


    Re: cugirlAmy Winehouse has said: "I went through every eating disorder you can have. A little bit of anorexia, a little bit of bulimia. I’m not totally OK now but I don’t think any woman is." Which is so true. I do think though, that her big weight loss causes anorexia, way too much work out (she used to work out 2-3 hours every day) and then of course the drugs. When you're on drugs you can't eat anything. So sad. I hope she'll will get well soon. Sort herself out. It's something her and Blake needs to do together. God bless them.

  59. enthused79 says – reply to this


    Re: SUPPORT HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Wait, are you saying we have to look up to her?? I am not rich at ALL and she sure as hell doesn't represent me…

  60. Nanna says – reply to this


    Papi Mitchell, I want you to know that a lot of Amys fans really support her. I also support Blake cause he is Amys husband and like you said, they are both responsible for their own actions, but I think the only way to get through it, is if they do it together. Amy is so outstanding and I hope her family and she, will get through the hard times and she will sort herself out before it's too late. God bless you all :)

  61. Roxy says – reply to this


    Is that Bobby Trendy in the back?

  62. faith says – reply to this


    oh amy i adore you babe, you look great, just keep singing! oh and come to North Carolina so i might see you live!!!!!

  63. Marisol says – reply to this


    It sounds like Amy's dad is truly concerned with her well-being. I first read about his interview on Global Grind. Even though he may be trying to reach out to her in order to help her, I think that he revealed a lot of personal information and he was probably better off talking to her in private instead of putting her on blast to the whole world.

  64. Haaaalloooooo says – reply to this


    whatz up wit amy? she used to be sooo pretty and healthy.Mcdonalds aint doin nuttin 4 her the only extra pounds dat she has are on her birds nest of hair

  65. Billy says – reply to this


    Re: Rash Manly – Shut your mouth whore. Blake is a good man :) !