Happy And ‘Suicidal’ 27 Club Wannabe Amy Winehouse Was Blake’s Camilla Say Tabloids
AS Mitch Winehouse’s eulogy floats away from the tabloid news cycle (he has she had rarely been happier), the Daily Star exclaims on its front page:
“AMY’S DEATH WISH”
Having already decreed that the talented singer’s epithetic should be “TRAGIC”, the Star’s Jerry Lawton reports:
TRAGIC Amy Winehouse died broken-hearted after realising she and her “true love” would never be together again, we can reveal.
Before she launched into the “death wish” drug and booze marathon believed to have claimed her life, she begged ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil to let her visit him in jail.
Last week’s dire ITV tribute show told viewers that Blake had inspired her Back to Black Album. We should thank him. And the tabloids should thank him for marrying Amy and helping her down the path to becoming a tabloid mainstay to gawp at, rather than listen to.
As for Amy Winehouse dying from drugs and drink… Well, her father says it was her lack of both that might have killed her. And the cause of singer’s sudden death remains unknown. The autopsy results are not yet complete.
Drugs were a factor in Amy Winehouse’s life. Her father Mitch has met with crime minister James Brokenshire and Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, to talk about what can be done to turn youngsters off drugs. (Less media nonsense about Winehouse joining the exclusive 27 Club might help.)
Vaz picked up the scent of celebrity and spotted a nascent cause. He smiles for the cameras and says
“We always revisit our reports but I think it’s important that we look again because it seems, from what he has said today, the level of support is not there and there appears to be an inconsistency of funding.”
The BBC reports:
Last week, Mr Winehouse revealed plans to set up a foundation in his daughter’s name to help people struggling with addiction unable to afford private treatment.
A legacy is being sought. The family wants to be proactive. Winehouse must not have died in vain. To the outside, reassuringly expensive rehab centres appear to have loyalty cards. They seem to operate on a revolving door system. Do they work?
Back to the Star’s Lawton, who adds that when Amy asked to see Blake in Armley Prison, Leeds, where he is doing time for burglary and possessing an imitation firearm, he said ‘no’:
But for the first time in their five-year relationship he said “No’’, fearing it would upset new love Sarah Aspin who had only given birth to his son Jack two months earlier.
Cue Sarah Aspin:
“I can’t help but feel it was the moment her heart may have broken. Blake had never said no to her before. It’s an awful thought, but I fear that may have been the moment she realised he and her would never be. I’d hate to think that somehow caused her to fall but it is possible…”
Why she hates to think it in a national newspaper is a moot point. We then read this:
“Blake and I had been together for two years but, just like with Princess Di, there were always three of us in the relationship.”
Winehouse is Camilla? But doesn’t she live while Diana dies?
Says Aspin on Blake’s learning that his ex-wife was dead:
“He was in shock. He couldn’t really speak… He told me he just wants some normality. He dreams of TV, pizza and the kids. No fame, no fortune, and no drugs.’’
While Sarah helps him achieve non-fame in the Daily Star, and we learn how her deep love for Blake might have driven her to suicide, the Sun announces:
“AMY WAS SECRETLY ENGAGED”
The paper agrees with the Star that Amy is “TRAGIC AMY WINEHOUSE”, but departs from the Diana theme by telling its readers that the singer was engaged to Reg Traviss, who had even given her a diamond ring. (Or is he Dodi?)
A source said: “Reg asked Amy and of course she said ‘Yes’. She loved him. She wanted nothing more than to be his wife and to start a family with him. She wanted to get rid of her demons so badly. They openly said they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They both thought the absolute world of each other.”
Such are the facts about happy, soon-to-be-married, “tragic”, suicidal tabloid tyro Amy Winehouse.
Never mind the tabloids – just enjoy the music…