We're glad that she's finally chosen to speak out about this.
She certainly has a very astute perspective to contribute to this unbelievable tragedy.
Lily Allen has finally opened up about her relationship with her friend and contemporary, Amy Winehouse, and has offered some insight into the late singer's life and personal struggles.
"[It's] Really sad. I also felt that she'd become such a cartoon character of herself. Her death almost didn't feel real because her life had virtually been lived in the newspapers near the end. I've had nights out with Amy and I know exactly what used to go on. I also spent time with her at her house in Camden. Not the one she died in, the one before. I felt very trapped by the presence of 40 paparazzi guys hysterical outside her front door. I could totally see why she didn't want to leave her house. It seemed more appealing to stay in and take heroin. Why would anyone want that chaos in their life? It's not something anyone chooses. Amy struggled. She wanted a real life. She wanted to go down to the pub and she couldn't. When Amy died, I got several texts from friends saying they were really glad I was still here. That I hadn't died too. It's so easy to get caught up in that madness and I count my lucky stars I've been strong enough to walk away."
Wow. Very lucky, indeed.
We're certainly happy to hear that Lily took the proper measures to get herself out of such a destructive lifestyle.
It's sad that sometimes it takes an event like this to give some the wake-up call that they desperately need, and we sincerely hope that the loss of Amy can do that for those heading down a similar path.
Very touching words, Lily. We are truly so sorry for your loss.
May Amy have the peace now that she didn't have while she was living.
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