Amy Winehouse's in-laws say boycotting records may help kick drugs
Amy Winehouse’s in-laws yesterday urged her fans to stop buying her records, in the hope it will help her and husband Blake Fielder-Civil kick their drugs habit.
After Winehouse recently cancelled a string of performances and newspaper pictures showed the couple bruised and bloodied, their parents have been prompted to speak out.
In an interview on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on Radio Five Live, Blake’s father Giles Fielder-Civil said: ‘Why don’t the record company do more? We believe the record company should be proactive in helping the couple get better. At the moment, they seem to be hiding behind a label that the pair aren’t drug addicts, they’re exhausted or whatever.
Insisting he had tried to contact the label but they had not replied, he added: ‘Perhaps it’s time to stop buying records. It’s a possibilty…that affects the record company and the record company may then take notice.’
But after the interview, Amy’s dad Mitch Winehouse rang the show and said that, although both families were ‘living through hell’, there was no point blaming the record company.
‘It’s no good blaming anybody else. This is Blake’s fault and Amy’s fault.’
And he insisted that refusing to buy her records would not change anything. ‘People are clutching at straws. There’s only one way out of this, and that is not locking them up; at some point they are going to reach rock bottom, and at that point they will say, I don’t want to do that anymore.’
Island Records would not comment on the issue.