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#1 ashlee

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:34 PM

Amy Winehouse's ambitious father

Amy Winehouse has battled through her fair share of personal problems. Since she rose to fame in 2003 with her debut album 'Frank', the 26-year-old singer's turbulent personal life has filled thousands of newspaper inches. Amy has fought an addiction to heroin and crack cocaine, struggled through the breakdown of her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, lost her curvaceous figure and faced regular criticism for her drinking and partying.

But with the support and encouragement of loved-ones, the singing sensation has turned over a new leaf and recently celebrated being drug-free for 12 months.

While many youngsters would have crumbled under the pressures of fame, Amy has had one regular figure fighting her corner - her father Mitch Winehouse.

The former taxi driver has tirelessly dried his only daughter's tears and stood by her as she "lost her way" and faced her demons.

Now Amy is getting her life back on track, Mitch's fears for Amy are lessoning and he is relishing the chance to kick-start his own career.

Last month, the talkative Londoner launched his own chat show, titled 'Mitch Winehouse's Showbiz Rant' on online TV channel Liv, which sees him interview some of the world's best-known stars.

But Mitch is seeking a different type of fame. After watching Amy turn into one of her generation's most talented performers, the chatty cabbie wants success as a singer, too.

In March, Mitch hopes to become famous in his own right when he releases a swing album and jazz album.

However, he has vowed to go it alone, prove his singing ability and become a household name on his own accord - without the help of Amy and her goddaughter, 13-year-old singer Dionne Bromfield.

BANG Showbiz caught up with Mitch to discuss Amy's breast enlargement operation, her ongoing battle with addictions and his ambitions to follow in his daughter's musical footsteps.



Q. How's Amy at the moment?

A. Amy's fine. Amy's absolutely great. We're delighted with how she's doing. I mean I went out for lunch with her yesterday, and boy, she was eating a lot. In fact, we've booked her in for a gastric band operation because she's really putting on a lot of weight! Just kidding. She looks great.



Q. Does her new confidence have anything to do with her recent breast enlargement operation?

A. I don't think the boob job was about confidence. I think that when she lost all that weight, the weight never came back on her boobs and they were saggy. So whatever the reason is, she looks great now.

The thing is, she did ask me if she should have them done. She actually consulted me - which I couldn't believe, and I agree with her. I actually agree with her. I mean I'm not in favour of cosmetic surgery normally but in her case, I really felt like she needed it. Because when she lost a lot of weight, the weight in her boobs didn't come back when she put weight on. She really needed that.



Q. Amy recently celebrated being drug-free for a year. Do you feel like your hard work and support has paid off?

A. It's not only me, we've got a wonderful family. It's been difficult, but what you've got to realise is Amy's the one who decided to change. Whatever I said at the time would go in one ear and out the other. It was her decision to give up drugs. She was the one who started the process. She was the one who carried it all the way through. We were there to encourage her and help her in any way that we can. But you know, not enough recognition is given to her. As a family we just did what we were doing - being a family.



Q. Why did she decide to get clean?

A. I don't know, you'd have to ask her that. Everybody's got their own personal bottom of the pit and whatever was - I don't know. But obviously she didn't want to remain like that. It was a danger to her health and you know, she did it. She's recovering. She'll always be recovering. But it is nice to see her looking well again after she lost her way a little bit. I think that's a fair way of putting it, she lost her way a little bit. I think that's a fair way of putting it but now she's found her way back again, and that's great.



Q. Are you worried she will turn to drink instead?

A. Everything at the moment is under control. Sometimes - and I'm not talking about Amy - but sometimes other addictions come after another addiction. One of Amy's positive addictions is she's got her own gym. She's in the gym three or four hours a day. I mean boy is she fit - really, really fit. So that's a really positive addiction. But addictions can come in groups. It can be buying stuff, buying stuff that's not necessary. She's been through that as well. The whole process is one of recovery.

Plus, all her friends have supported her all the time. They're a very good network of people, so she spends a lot of time with them.



Q. We keep hearing reports she plans to remarry her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Is there any truth in this?

A. You are joking me, right? You are kidding me! No. No wedding. No.



Q. What's next for Amy?

A. Amy's always focussing on her music. She's always focussing on that. Hopefully there'll be an album out next year and we will go from strength to strength. She's never going to be a prolific writer. You're never going to get an album every six months out of her, because as you know, each one of her songs that she writes is dragged out of her guts. There's a lot of emotional turmoil that goes into writing an album for her. I really wouldn't want her to be releasing them all the time.



Q. Now you're branching out into a showbiz career of your own, what's next for you?

A. I've got an album coming out in March. It's a kind of jazz, swing album. It'll be nice. But it probably won't be with Amy's label Lioness Records because people will only say I've got the deal because I'm her dad. We've just got two more tracks to do, so we're not worried about it. We know we'll get a deal one way or another.



Q. Will Amy and her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield do some backing vocals for you?

A. No. I'm not having them on my album. I want proper stars on my album like David Hasselhoff. I know he's very successful in Germany, but I've never actually heard him sing.



By Rachel Jones.



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since we're not getting almost any Amy news recently, i found thins and thought the interview part was quite nice to read, so i decided to post it :)
hope you like it. love you all
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#2 sarahbol

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:54 PM

I wasn't terribly excited about a new album until now. I mean, I was looking forward to a new album but it didn't matter to me if it took 1 month or 1 year to make. But now I find myself getting really excited and I can't wait to hear Amy talk about her music again (although she'll probably be asked about drugs etc. in nearly every interview).

Thanks for posting.

"No. I'm not having [Amy and Dionne) on my album. I want proper stars on my album like David Hasselhoff. I know he's very successful in Germany, but I've never actually heard him sing." :-S
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#3 Winehousedrunk

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 02:03 AM

I wasn't terribly excited about a new album until now. I mean, I was looking forward to a new album but it didn't matter to me if it took 1 month or 1 year to make. But now I find myself getting really excited and I can't wait to hear Amy talk about her music again (although she'll probably be asked about drugs etc. in nearly every interview).

It'll be no surprise that I share your sentiments.

"No. I'm not having [Amy and Dionne) on my album. I want proper stars on my album like David Hasselhoff. I know he's very successful in Germany, but I've never actually heard him sing." :-S

Must be Mitch's London cabbie sense of humour.
Amy Winehouse died, and she's taken a part of my soul with her. May that part be the love that I felt for her, and may the love that I still feel for her be the undying part of us both.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 04:42 AM

I'm also longing for an album of her but i really don't see it as a real/solid thing yet. just feels like, something unreal, that kinda lingers in the air, waiting for her to make it work, to make it real.

fanks for posting sofia!
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:47 AM

What a lovely interview..
Thanks :) xx

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:41 PM

Aaaww what a great positive interview! Thanks so much for posting! :)

@Sarah ... I also didn't understand the last answer ... haha was that supposed to be a joke or does he mean that serious?

Btw ... good to hear that Blake is out of the picture ... Dionne and Mitch confirmed it now ...
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:52 PM

^ yeah but now Georgette has told every newspaper Amy and rat.man are going back together again....which means nothing right? as i do prefer to believe Mitch and Dionnes opinion on this subject. much more reliable sources than rat.mans mom.

http://www.dailymail...mum-claims.html
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:44 PM

^ yeah but now Georgette has told every newspaper Amy and rat.man are going back together again....which means nothing right? as i do prefer to believe Mitch and Dionnes opinion on this subject. much more reliable sources than rat.mans mom.

http://www.dailymail...mum-claims.html


^ Oh I didn't even read this before. Hmm ... no idea ... I just hope it's not true! :(
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:47 AM

http://www.dailymail...mum-claims.html


"I believe in the spirit world and an ouija board told me they would be together forever. I firmly believe that."-Georgette

the hell?

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:57 PM

"I believe in the spirit world and an ouija board told me they would be together forever. I firmly believe that."-Georgette

the hell?


Gaggette inhales too many fumes from her beauty shop. That stuff has you seein' God sometimes.......... ;-)
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 01:09 AM

Thanks for posting this. Interesting article.

I want a new album now :(

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:47 AM

Amy Winehouse
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She is not easily moved by emotional displays and can be curiously detached from her own emotions and those of others. It is almost as if she could turn her feelings on and off at will; Amy should be careful not to leave the switch "off" too often, for she could easily become too impersonal. Family relationships and attachments are not as important to her as they are to most people and Winehouse often considers her friends closer to her than her blood relatives. Certainly, Winehouse's sympathy and concern extends much beyond her immediate family. In her personal relationships, Amy Winehouse insists upon a certain amount of independence and the freedom to pursue friendships with as many people, of both sexes, as she chooses. Amy does not appreciate a jealous, possessive partner.
Amy Winehouse feels comfortable in an atmosphere that is open and experimental, and she has little taste for convention and tradition.
Amy Winehouse often makes decisions solely for emotional or personal reasons, because something "feels right" or because she has always done it a certain way and is uncomfortable acting otherwise. Even when Winehouse thinks she is being rational, her prejudices, intuitions and feelings influence her thoughts a great deal. Amy is comfortable talking about feelings and personal subjects, and sharing confidences, which enables others to express their own inner feelings with her as well. Amy Winehouse has good psychological insight into others.
She needs love, affection, nurturing and enjoys being pampered - all of which is fine, as long as Amy Winehouse is willing to give as well as receive the attention and "babying". Amy has a rather childish dependency on loved ones, which can make her cling to them, or be very uncomfortable with any conflict that could conceivably lead to separation. Creating a loving family is certainly a challenge for Amy - one that can be enormously satisfying if she can achieve it, and a source of great sadness if she cannot.
Amy Winehouse takes offense rather quickly and her instincts are to fight, defend or act first, and ask questions later. She has a tendency for impatience, irritability and outbursts of temper, especially in response to minor frustrations. When she is not actively involved, she is not comfortable. Amy Winehouse actually prefers a rather rambunctious, feisty, competitive atmosphere to a peaceful one.
Although Amy Winehouse was portrayed above as being assertive and combative, she also has a diametrically opposed tendency - namely the urge to escape all contention and ugliness. This may mellow Amy's fiery reactions somewhat, or she may seesaw between the two. Her softer side is described in the following paragraphs.
Amy Winehouse tends to surround herself with people who are gentle, sensitive, peace loving, and artistically or spiritually inclined, and there is a strong element of mutual compassion and sympathy in her personal relationships. It is easy for Amy to tune in psychically to other people's feelings and emotional worlds. Amy Winehouse may share this type of telepathic link with her mother, sisters, or female friends in particular.
She enjoys emotional intensity and is attracted to the mysterious, the unknown, and dangerous or challenging experiences that draw on all of her inner resources. She is able to handle an emotional crisis very well and is interested in the underlying root of emotional problems and how to cure them. Amy Winehouse insists on bringing feelings between people out into the open, for she craves real closeness and intimacy in her relationships, without barriers or secrets.
Amy has an affectionate, warm-hearted, congenial and fun loving nature, and her emotional impulses are quite strong. Forming relationships with others is important to Amy Winehouse and she may have an early desire for marriage.
Her emotional flow seems to be blocked in some way and Winehouse may feel inhibited when she is with others. Amy Winehouse is likely to have a certain fear of crowds and may have a tendency to be agoraphobic.
Warmhearted and generous in love relationships, Amy Winehouse cannot tolerate pettiness or stinginess in her partner. Amy wants a hero to idolize and adore, someone to wholeheartedly admire and be proud of. Amy Winehouse is tremendously loyal and devoted once she gives her heart to someone.
Amy Winehouse craves love, appreciation and attention from others and hates to be ignored. She is rather susceptible to flattery and loves to feel special. Winehouse enjoys a touch of drama and color in her love relationships and she is impressed by grand romantic gestures or extravagant expressions of generosity.
Amy is attracted to foreigners, exotic places, traveling and people who can expand her horizons, teach her something, or show her places and worlds she has never experienced before. Sharing a philosophy or ideal with her love partner is important to her.
Moreover, Amy Winehouse feels love and kinship for people everywhere, not only for her own family, nationality, or group. Finding similarities and making links between people from differing backgrounds or with different perspectives is a gift of hers.
Amy Winehouse is extremely amorous and it is difficult for her to go without romantic relationships for very long. When she is attracted to someone, Amy Winehouse pursues her very ardently and sometimes comes on too strong. Being engaged in creative or artistic work can also satisfy her very strong desire for love and beauty.
Sensitive and compassionate, Winehouse tends to be the "giver" in any relationship. Amy has high ideals and a refined attitude towards love relationships, seeking to relate in ways that go beyond egotistical and selfish needs. Amy is attracted to people with artistic or mystical inclinations.
Amy Winehouse seems to have an unusual power of attraction to other people and frequently may associate with others whether they are good for her or not. Very compulsive in love relationships, Winehouse could have a kind of tragic love union.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:17 AM

^^Yikes, call an editor. : )

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:30 AM

^^It appears that B. got his work cut out for him.
Amy Winehouse died, and she's taken a part of my soul with her. May that part be the love that I felt for her, and may the love that I still feel for her be the undying part of us both.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 11:02 PM

Who wrote that?
I want one!...
I guess I should be famous first :-S




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