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Amy Winehouse: 'I haven't used drugs in almost three years'

10/06/2010 by Corinne Heller

Amy Winehouse appears in London in a March 2010 photo. (Photo courtesy of AP) Amy Winehouse says she has not done drugs in almost three years and hopes to have a baby one day, in remarks made following years of alcohol and substance abuse, assault charges, a messy divorce and a series of health scares.

"I literally woke up one day and was like 'I don't want to do this any more," BBC News quoted Winehouse, a 27-year-old British soul singer, as telling the UK-based Glamour magazine. "I'm much healthier now. I used to use drugs and I haven't used drugs in almost three years. It's not a hard thing."

Earlier this week, Winehouse played her first UK gig in two years, getting on stage at a charity event at her local pub in Camden, BBC News said. Winehouse had been quoted in July as saying she planned to release her third album early next year and it was reported in September that she is set to sing a cover of the 1963 hit "It's My Party" for music producer Quincy Jones' upcoming album.

Winehouse last recorded music in 2006, when she released the album Back to Black, which earned her five Grammys. The singer, who spurred the internationally-successful and what would become ironic hit "Rehab" and her own Halloween costumes due to the beehive she often sports, appeared to have been on the fast-track to success.

But throughout the past few years, Winehouse has gradually lost weight, has appeared drunk at concerts, has been involved in violent confrontations at clubs and other venues. Winehouse pleaded guilty in January on charges of assault of a theater manager and was given a two year conditional discharge and a fine.

Photographs of herself covered in scratches on her arms have appeared in newspapers around the world and celebrity photographers in her native London had occasionally encountered her wandering the streets in the early hours of the morning while appearing disheveled.

Winehouse was rushed to the hospital in 2007 for what she later said was a drug overdose. She checked into a rehab clinic in January 2008 after the release of a video that allegedly showed her smoking crack cocaine. Her father said later that year that Winehouse, a cigarette chain smoker, had developed the lung condition emphysema.

Her love life took a turn for the worse as well. Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil divorced in 2009 after two years of marriage. Despite the troubles, she says she would like to one day have a baby.

"I'm of the age when you start thinking about it - not seriously - but you start thinking about having kids," she told Glamour. "Although I'm not going to be getting pregnant in the next nine months."

The singer has also designed a line of clothing for British sportswear firm Fred Perry.

"I like '40s and '50s stuff," People magazine quoted Winehouse as saying. "When I started eating right, I lost quite a lot of weight. Everyone thinks it was because of my lifestyle. It was because my eating habits got a lot better and I came to my natural weight. I'm not really skinny but Im tiny and I couldnt really get anything because they didnt do a size six (UK)."