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Posted 27 July 2021 - 11:47 AM

Amy Winehouse
Interview by Rosanna Greenstreet
Sat 13 Jan 2007 16.41 GMT

Amy Winehouse, 23, was brought up in north London. She was expelled from the Sylvia Young Theatre School and later quit the Brit School where she was studying musical theatre. At 17 she landed a contract with Island Records and her debut album, Frank, turned platinum and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. In 2004, she was nominated for two Brit Awards and won the Ivor Novello Best Contemporary Song Award for her debut single. She has just released a single, You Know I'm No Good, from her new album, Back To Black. In February and March she tours the UK.

When were you happiest?


Last night on stage.

What is your greatest fear?

Dying old or never meeting Tony Bennett; if I never get to meet him, I might as well be dead.

Which living person do you most admire?

No one. You're all bastards. Maybe Mark Lamarr for that precise fact.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My fickleness and aggression.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Two-facedness and negativity.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Having sex dreams about members of my crew.

Aside from a property, what's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?

My heart back from someone who may or may not have deserved it. I paid a lot.

What is your most treasured possession?

My loyalty.

Where would you like to live?

In Camden.

What would your super power be?

Super sexuality.

What makes you depressed?

Any/everything, any/everyone.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I wish my boobies were bigger sometimes, but I like the way I look.

Would you rather be clever and ugly, or thick and attractive?

I have no choice; I am both cripplingly stupid and hideous to look at.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Liza Minnelli.

What is your most unappealing habit?

Being an abusive drunk.

What is your favourite smell?

Petrol and hairspray.

What is your favourite word?


What is your favourite book?

Catch-22 or Pigtopia or Beyond Black.

What is the worst thing anyone's ever said to you?

I wouldn't remember.

Cat or dog?

Tiny ones in all colours.

Is it better to give or to receive?

Give - I can't receive.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Having my cake and eating it, too.

What do you owe your parents?

About £450,000.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?

Myself for being a self-obsessed dickhead/my boyfriend for punching him often.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Falling in love itself.

What does love feel like?

A disease that consumes you eternally.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

'Pssssshhh' - or, when drunk, 'whatever' and 'dickhead'.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

To the 60s and I'd go out with the Ronettes.

How do you relax?


How often do you have sex?

When I can.

What is the closest you've come to death?

I was hit by a car once on my bike, but I still rode home.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

More sex and more gym.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

This album.

What keeps you awake at night?

Being sober.

How would you like to be remembered?

As genuine.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

That you learn things every day and life is short.

Where would you most like to be right now?

In my baby's arms.

Tell us a secret.

I've got a crush on my backing singer.





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