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Jazz/soul singer Amy Winehouse discusses her battle with depression

By HBC Protocols December 12, 2006 0 comments

Amy Winehouse (born September 14, 1983) is an English jazz/soul singer and songwriter has recently discussed her battle with depression, speaking in depth about her problems for the first time. “The reason I was so depressed was because my boyfriend found out that I cheated on him,” she said. “I cheated on him like a month ago just when we first got together which I think didn’t really count, which is subject to speculation… I’m not even that sexual, I’m like a boy. I don’t need intimacy, I don’t need love, I always look after myself perpetually and forever so … ah huh … (with a coy smile which suggests that this statement isn’t entirely true) my boy just text me.”

The star also took the opportunity to speak candidly about her dramatic weight loss. “I’ve had a flirtation with every eating disorder there is, I wouldn’t tie myself down to one, and then I realize that I have to eat and I will fatten myself up and put on half a stone in a week, because I’m good like that.”

Personal life

Winehouse has appeared repeatedly in the British press over personal issues. In September 2006, she was reported to have dropped four dress sizes because of comments made to her about her size. In an interview in The Daily Telegraph Magazine (September 16 2006 when asked if this was the cause she replied “No. No. I don’t listen to anyone except my … inner child anyway. If someone had said to me, Amy, lose a stone – which they wouldn’t – I don’t think I would have listened anyway.”

In October 2006, Winehouse admitted to have previously been affected by eating disorders. “A little bit of anorexia, a little bit of bulimia. I’m not totally OK now but I don’t think any woman is.” Over the next two months, Winehouse made multiple appearances in the British tabloids over alleged alcohol-induced behavior. This included a ‘drunken’ appearance on The Charlotte Church Show(which appeared on YouTube heckling U2 member Bono during an acceptance speech at the Q Awards, and incidents where she allegedly assaulted a fan after a concert and an attendee at her album launch party. When questioned during an interview about being violent when drunk, Winehouse responded “I have a really good time some nights, but then I push it over the edge and ruin my boyfriend’s night. I’m an ugly dickhead drunk, I really am.”

On November 16, 2006 she appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and endured repeated comments from host Simon Amstell that she should get a grip on what he claimed were her alcohol and drug problems.

Trivia

  • Winehouse has a number of “old skool” tattoos of naked women about her person. When asked about them, she was quoted as saying “I like pin-up girls. I’m more of a boy than a girl. I’m not a lesbian, though — not before a sambuca anyway.”
  • Winehouse’s favorite cocktail is a Rickstasy (three parts vodka, one part Southern Comfort, one part banana liqueur, and one part Baileys). “By the time you’ve had two of them you’re like, don’t even try and go anywhere. Sit down and stay down, until the birds start singing.”
  • She was friends with Matt Willis and, for a brief time Billie Piper whilst at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. In November 2006 Winehouse was featured in NME Magazine’s annual Cool list for the first time, reaching Number 
  • Amy’s debut album, Frank (released in 2003) was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and she won an Ivor Novello award in 2004 for her debut single “Stronger Than Me”. In 2006, after appearing in the British press for multiple alcohol-related incidents, she released her second album, Back to Black.

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