Born in a middle class family, Amy Winehouse worked her way to becoming one of the best British singers. From her numerous awards and trophies to several best-selling Albums, Amy has proven to be one of the notable musicians of her time.
Date of Birth: September 14, 1983
Date of Death: July 23, 2011 (Aged: 27)
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
One sad thing that remained constant was Winehouse’s addiction to alcohol. Mid 2011, she had a public embarrassment as she was to perform but was drunk already. Then late July, she was home and gradually began showing signs of intoxication according to her bodyguard until she finally gave up the ghost. Who were the people that mattered most to Amy? Was she in love or married at the time of her death? Read on to find the answers as we would be your Google on Amy Winehouse.
Mitch Winehouse (father)
Year of Birth: 1950
Mitch’s job at the time of her birth was to install window panels. He later moved to be a taxi driver then to being a singer all along raising his family in the Jewish tradition. Mitch says he was a friend, confidant and adviser to his daughter. She did not always take his advice but at least he had her listening ears.
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After the death of his daughter, a documentary was made about her that portrayed him as a Villain. Winehouse disapproved of this and asked the film makers to edit the film but the crew refused. After their refusal, Winehouse and Reg Traviss (her boyfriend who was not mentioned in the documentary) decided to create a new film correcting all the wrongs and omissions in the existing documentary.
Mitch also launched the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an avenue to help young people come out of addictions. He now owns the copyright to Amy’s music.
Janis Winehouse (mother)
Janis was a pharmacist and was married to Mitch from 1976 till their 1993 separation. Together with her husband, they are heirs to their late daughter’s estate. She misses her daughter terribly but at the same time did not expect so much. Janis said her Amy was bored with life so she never imagined her living beyond 30.
Alex Winehouse (brother, born to same parents)
Year of Birth: 1979
His guitar was one of the push Amy needed to get hers at 14. This was so because as a kid, the Winehouse kids loved music but Amy had no guitar of her own. He loved his sister so much and was very supportive of her career.
After Amy died, Alex came up with a speculation that his sister did not die from Alcohol Intoxication. The Winehouse brother claimed that his sister had suffered from chronic bulimia (an eating disorder) and this left her physically weak. He says this was the reason why Amy’s body system could not ward off the toxins from the alcohol leading to her eventual death. Alex is an employee at the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Alexander George Clare (ex-partner)
Duration of Relationship: 2006 – 2007
Date of Birth: September 14, 1985
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Alex Clare grew up with a father who was a music lover and was from there drawn to music and playing instruments. He is today a singer and bassist with several hit songs to his name. Clare met Amy at the Hawley Arms, a bar she visited frequently in 2006. They dated for less than a year while Alex was still fanning the flames of his career.
Blake Fielder-Civil (ex-husband)
Duration of Marriage: 2007 – 2009
Date of Birth: April 16, 1982
Zodiac Sign: Aries
In 2007, Winehouse and Fielder-Civil were married only to break up after two years and continue a on and off “post-divorce-relationship”. After Amy’s death, people started to blame Blake for being the indirect cause of her death since he has been known to have a history of heroin and crack dependence. This got him really pissed as he explained that Winehouse had issues of her own before they met and both of them were lost and damaged people.
They met in a pub and their romance kicked off like a volcano. It was so intense and intriguing that they had to get married. Severally the love-struck duo appeared in public together and most of the time they looked dishevelled and scrawny. On one of these days, Blake admitted that she tried heroin for the first time with him. Little did he know that his supposed good deed and career save would backfire at him terribly.
Blake is now a resident of Leeds together with his girlfriend Chrissy but he remains forever scared to come back home because of the “persecution” he faced after his ex’s death.
Reginald “Reg” Stephen Traviss (ex-partner)
Duration of Relationship: early 2010 – her death on July 23, 2011
Date of Birth: February 12, 1977
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
You might not know who Reg Traviss is but he definitely meant the world to Amy since she was in a relationship with him at the time of her death. Traviss is a British film director and writer with his most popular work being Joy Division (2006) his debut feature film.
Reg was introduced to Amy in 2009 by a mutual friend but Mitch Winehouse wrote in his book that the couple met at a bar. It was revealed after the tragic death of Winehouse that the love birds had plans to get married and have children. Unfortunately, this was not fulfilled as Traviss’s lover died to alcohol poisoning.