July marks a year since Amy Winehouse died from an alcohol overdose. In this week’s Grazia her father Mitch Winehouse opens up about his struggle to come to terms with her death, and the tell-all book about her life that he has spent the last year writing.
Sitting on a leather armchair in a pub in Chelsea, Mitch Winehouse is struggling to control his emotions. Clutching a tissue in his right hand and taking deep breaths, his voice frequently cracks. While fans around the world mourned Amy’s sudden death from an alcohol overdose last July (her daily battle with a drink and drug addiction was played out publicly) there is nobody who has felt that loss more than her family in the past year.
‘In a way, subconsciously, it’s a relief that I don’t have to keep checking up on Amy,’ says Mitch. ‘I’m not going through that pain every night wondering if she is going to die, what she’s doing, or if she is in trouble,’ he sighs sitting back in his seat and adjusting his suit jacket. ‘There was a time in the midst of her drug addiction when she could have died on several occasions and I was always worried about her. So in a way it’s a little bit of guilt [on my behalf] because I am able to sleep at night now.’
As the first anniversary of Amy’s death approaches on July 23, aged 27, Mitch, 60, says: ‘Sometimes I text her telling her to come home. But she’s never coming home and I’m going to have to deal with that for the rest of my life.’
Mitch has spent the past 11 months writing a book about Amy’s life, Amy, My Daughter which goes on sale next week. All author proceeds will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation. ‘Writing the book was tough and it brought up lots of memories. I wasn’t ready for that,’ he says. The Grammy award winning singer was found dead in her Camden Square home in London nearly a year ago after consuming five times the legal drink-drive limit.
Pick up the latest issue of Grazia to read more about how Amy’s family have coped in the year since her death, his friendship with Amy’s former boyfriend Reg Traviss and what has been the hardest thing to deal with since she sadly passed away.