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Amy Winehouse's Addiction Detailed in Father's Book

Mitch Winehouse blames Amy's ex, Blake Fielder-Civil, and can't listen to Back to Black because it's about him.

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By Valerie Tejeda

06/19/12

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Mitch Winehouse blames his daughter’s former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, for getting the singer into substance abuse in his new memoir Amy, My Daughter. Winehouse says he never understood why Amy fell in love with Fielder-Civil, and that he can't listen to his daughter's multi-million-selling album Back to Black because many of the songs are about Amy's ex. "It wasn't as if he brought much good into her life, or so it seemed to me," writes Mitch. The book comes out June 26, and also features handwritten notes by Amy to her father. Apart from some fond memories of Amy as a young girl, and the emergence of her talent, it's mostly about the endless cycle of addiction: her recovery attempts and relapses. Mitch notes that Amy was always very strong-willed, and that although this helped with her career, it didn’t help with her problems. "Long before Amy was an addict, no one could tell her what to do," he writes. "Once she became an addict, her stubbornness just got worse. There were times when she wanted to be clean, but the times when she didn't outnumbered them." Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning last July at the age of 27—and her father believes that the wide availability and social acceptability of her chosen drug were contributing factors. “She could drink wherever she liked, mostly without public criticism," writes Mitch, who worried back then that “her illness might end up killing us both.”

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