Amy Winehouse adoption report untrue, rep says
Amy Winehouse was not in the process of adopting a child from St. Lucia before her death last month, despite a recent UK newspaper report, her spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The troubled 27-year-old jazz and soul singer was found dead in her London home by her bodyguard on July 23. Winehouse, who battled drug and alcohol addictions for years, is survived by her parents and her brother and has no children. The cause of her death has yet to be determined.
The UK newspaper The Mirror had recently reported that Winehouse had in recent weeks started the process of adopting a 10-year-old girl named Dannika Augustine from St. Lucia and also published photos of the two. However, her spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Monday, August 1, that the report was untrue.
Winehouse had visited the Caribbean island several times in recent years, often to get away from the media attention in her native England, where photographs of her appearing disheveled and reports of her substance abuse and other personal troubles often covered the front pages of tabloids.
In 2009, she spent several months on the island and performed at the St Lucia Jazz Festival, just before her divorce from her first and only husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was finalized at a London court. The two had also visited the island together in 2007, the year they married.
Winehouse's funeral was held on July 26 and was attended by her family and friends such as Mark Ronson, who produced the singer's Grammy-winning single "Rehab" and her 2006 album "Back To Black," as well as reality star and actress Kelly Osbourne. She wore her hair in a beehive, mimicking Winehouse's signature look. (See photos from Amy Winehouse's funeral as well as photos of Amy Winehouse from recent years.)
Winehouse, who spent time in rehab several times, had tried to resurrect her music career prior to her death. In July 2010, she said a new album would be released within six months, but it was never finished. In January of 2011, Winehouse performed in Brazil. But in May, she spent about a week at a London clinic for what would mark her last in-house stint to battle alcohol addiction.
The singer was set to tour Europe, starting in June. But a botched performance in Serbia on June 18, during which Winehouse was booed off stage for being late and displaying odd behavior, prompted her to cancel the rest of her concerts.
Sales of Winehouse's music have soared since her death and it was reported last week that Winehouse left behind several unreleased tracks that could be put together for a posthumous album.