The ‘Back To Black’ star died at the age of 27 in her Camden home on July 23. A coroner ruled last month that she had drunk a “very large quantity of alcohol” before her passing and was more than five times over the drink-driving limit.
Speaking for the first time since the revelation, Janis argued that Winehouse’s alcohol dependency would “creep up” on her as she attempted to embrace a healthy lifestyle.
“I think Amy felt she was invincible,” Janis told the Daily Mail. “Amy didn’t want to die; she didn’t have a death wish. She had a huge zest for life. There was so much she still wanted to achieve.
“Amy was incredibly strong, both physically and mentally, but alcohol addiction seemed to creep up on her and then just took her by surprise.”
Janis claimed that although she had witnessed “absolutely nothing” to suggest that Winehouse was in trouble during a visit on the afternoon before her death, she knew that her daughter “couldn’t resist” embarking upon intensive drinking sessions.
“Her body couldn’t cope with that amount of alcohol after three weeks of abstinence,” she said.”It was the lack of consistency; the stopping and starting again.
“Amy hated herself when she was drunk. She liked being in control and she hated what alcohol was doing to her.
“She could go for weeks without having a drink, but then she’d fall off the wagon. She was like a little girl who just couldn’t resist putting her finger in the fan, even though she knew it was dangerous.”
An album of previously-unheard recordings from Winehouse entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures was announced this week and is due for release December 5.
Watch Amy Winehouse perform ‘Body And Soul’ with Tony Bennett below:
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