Ahead of the documentary about the singer's life, Winehouse's ex-husband has spoken to defend himself over his role in her addiction.
Blake Fielder, the former husband of the late Amy Winehouse, has denied that he “ruined” the singer’s life and rejected suggestions that he was responsible for her decline into addiction.
Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the age of 27, was married to Fielder (known then as Blake Fielder-Civil) from 2007 for two years, and the pair continued an on-off relationship for a couple of years afterwards despite the breakdown of the marriage. Fielder, now 33, is often blamed for introducing the Back To Black singer to hard drugs and beginning her spiral into substance and alcohol abuse.
Amy Winehouse with Fielder in 2007
But in a new interview with The Times magazine ahead of the release of Asif Kapadia’s new documentary Amy, released on July 3rd, Fielder insisted that he was not the villain he is often portrayed as being.
“I don’t think I ruined her, no. I think we found each other and certain people need to realise that she did have other addictions before she met me,” he maintained. “She wasn’t a happy, well-adjusted young woman, and I find it disrespectful to imply I was some machiavellian puppet master.”
Fielder also said that he and Amy had found each other because they were both “lost” and “damaged” people. “I don't think I ruined her, no. I think we found each other and certain people need to realise that she did have other addictions before she met me,” he said.
He also admitted that, even four years after her passing, he’s still in love with Winehouse. “I’m in love with someone who is not here. I think about her every day,” he admitted. “I’m a bit stuck now, thinking, ‘How do I move on?’”
Finally, Fielder claims that he’d like to meet Amy’s father Mitch and “genuinely, genuinely plea for his forgiveness” for the role he played in her life, even though he feels that accepting full responsibility for her death would be “not fair”. Mitch famously once described Fielder as “the biggest low-life scumbag that God ever put breath into.”
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