Amy Winehouse's Ex-Husband Denies Relationship Was Based On Drug Use
Amy was tragically found dead at her flat in Camden, North London, on 23rd of July 2011.
While they were married between 2007 and 2009, Amy Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil has often been blamed for introducing the star to hardcore drugs.
Now, seven years after the death of the troubled 27-year-old, he's appeared on Good Morning Britain, claiming that he isn't to blame for the singer's tragic death, but rather, they shared a co-dependent relationship.
“This is something that needs to be addressed. In the six or seven years that me and Amy were together … we had one break for a while, we had one argument that was in the press,” he said.
“The drug thing is something that’s been attributed to me for years. The fact is that me and Amy only used drugs together maybe six months of our marriage. That was it. And before that, Amy didn’t use drugs. She smoked cannabis, [and] I did heroin maybe four or five times,” he added.
He went on to blame the media for demonising him as the enabler that led to the Back In Black singer's tragic end.
“I feel I am the only person that’s taken responsibility and has done since she was alive,” he explained.
“I feel that maybe since the last film about Amy came out about two years ago; the documentary, there’s been a certain shift in the blame to other parties. But before that, pre that -- and probably still now -- I’m the only person that’s taken any responsibility. People don’t realise Amy didn’t do anything Amy didn’t want to do,” he continued, adding that he does feel remorse for not putting a stop to her wild ways.
“I’ll always carry a burden of guilt because I should have acted,” he said.
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Blake then went on to slam Amy's father Mitch Winehouse for his decision to go forward with a hologram tour featuring the late songstress.
“The way I feel about the actual hologram itself it’s no different to watching a video clip or listening to her music," he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
“I object to every sort of opportunity that’s been made, it seems since Amy passed away seven years ago there’s been three films, a hologram tour, to me I can’t see many other reasons for this tour.”
Host Piers Morgan refuted that Blake himself had also cashed in on his ex-wife's death by selling his own story for cash.
"To call it cashing in is a bit misleading," Blake clapped back. "I would have done it without any money but the reason I ended up taking money was I had been in a situation where I found it really hard to get a job and couldn’t really earn money any other way.”
In response to the 36-year-old's comments, Amy's family released a statement saying:
“All the family’s proceeds from the hologram tour will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation which is helping thousands of young people around the UK and abroad through its drugs and alcohol education, music programs, women’s recovery house and much more."
Amy and Blake met in 2005, and became embroiled in a notoriously turbulent relationship.
After one break -- in which she penned most of the songs on her iconic album Back To Black -- the pair soon rekindled their relationship and wed in Miami ceremony on May 18, 2007.
The newlyweds soon became known for their fights and erratic behaviour, with one video allegedly showing them smoking crack on the street.
Fielder-Civil was later sent to prison for 27 months in July 2008 on charges of trying to pervert the course of justice and grievous bodily harm with intent, and the pair ended their tumultuous relationship, though Blake insists that "their love never truly died."
“We’d spoken quite recently before she passed away, [and] she mentioned that our relationship was always going to be there. I knew that,” he said on the morning talk show. “I think my [current] partner made peace with the fact that if Amy was still here … I don’t know what would happen. Anyone that’s gone through bereavement probably feels the same thing.”