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Amy Winehouse's Mom Janis: 'Her death was only a matter of time'

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Amy Winehouse's mother Janis has said that she predicted her daughter's death when they met just 24 hours earlier.

The pair spent the day together on Friday, but Janis suspected that it was "only a matter of time" before Amy died due to her behavior.


The Mail on Sunday quotes her as saying: "She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me." Janis went on to describe her final exchange with her daughter as they parted on Friday. When they kissed goodbye on the doorstep, Amy said: "I love you, Mom."

"They are the words I will always treasure and always remember Amy by," Janis added.

In an interview in 2008, Janis admitted that she was aware of Amy's problems, saying: "I realize my daughter could be dead within the year. We're watching her kill herself, slowly. I've already come to terms with her dead. I've steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery. Because the drugs will get her if she stays on this road."

Meanwhile, the owner of Amy's favorite pub The Hawley Arms in Camden paid tribute to the late singer, calling her "a special person with a good soul".

The latest tabloid reports suggest that Amy had bought a cocktail of drugs on Friday night and was devastated by her break-up with on-off boyfriend Reg Traviss.

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fraubluecher 24th-Jul-2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
I hope they'll be able to deal with it as well as she sounds here. She was an only child, wasn't she?
orlandabloom 24th-Jul-2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Don't think so. Had an older brother iirc.
suzycat 24th-Jul-2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I think she has a brother.
ch33rylips 24th-Jul-2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
She has an older brother
fraubluecher 24th-Jul-2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Well, glad to hear that tbh.
superdogbiter 24th-Jul-2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
oh man to watch your own child deteriorate right before her eyes

my mom had to go through this with me when i devolped my nervous disorder
i got even skinnier, i didn't want to do anything, food had no taste and to qoute my mom "the light seemed to have gone out in my eyes"
i'm better now though
parker_hallie 24th-Jul-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
glad that you're better bb
srparker328 24th-Jul-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. don't let your appetite defeat you.
qween_tartii 24th-Jul-2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
anchors_oceans 24th-Jul-2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
i really hope you're kidding because i used to think that way before i ended up in the hospital.
melodyjae 24th-Jul-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Bitch, are you from some weird planet where cake doesn't exist?
bathstone 24th-Jul-2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Trollllllll in the dungeon!
igotpineappled 24th-Jul-2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
omg Kate Moss I love your work!!
moodring54 24th-Jul-2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Ignore the troll, bb. I'm glad your feeling better. I went through something similar with my depression and it feels so good to finally feel good again.
melodyjae 24th-Jul-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Aw :(. I'm glad you're better. Stay strong.
invitroblossoms 24th-Jul-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
I've been battling severe medical problems since I was 16. I've only just realized how messed up it's made my parents :-/
magnifying 24th-Jul-2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
My parents had to go through that when my boyfriend died and I got really depressed, my dad told my the same thing (that the light was gone from my eyes). I'm glad you're better now, darling. Stay strong. ♥
sirlolsworthy 24th-Jul-2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I went through something similar a couple of years ago, it was really hard on everyone around me because I was in psychological torment all the time, I looked like death and just couldn't deal with living. Still recovering...I'm glad you're better, it's no way to live.
kalikat003 24th-Jul-2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
glad you are better!
the_hyde_inside 24th-Jul-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your better too, hon.
superdogbiter 24th-Jul-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
thanks guys i really appreciate the comments
tusiaczek87 24th-Jul-2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
glad you are feeling better bb
k_nkles 24th-Jul-2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
to qoute my mom "the light seemed to have gone out in my eyes"

ur mom is very original bb.
quiet_storm 24th-Jul-2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah my mum has to go through the same with me and my eating disorders/depression. I think my mum can see a light at the end of the tunnel with that though, it seems more difficult with a chronic drug/alcohol addiction like Amy had.
blue_birds 24th-Jul-2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
glad you're better bb!
glowing_dragon 24th-Jul-2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Glad you're better now.
green__desire 24th-Jul-2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
This is fitting as a Snape story.
leopard_legs 24th-Jul-2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
i'm glad you got through it!
I had/still sort of have an anxiety disorder matched with depression and when I had a spectacularly bad episode I was much the same - food felt wrong in my mouth, like it didn't belong and had no flavour, I felt like crying or sleeping constantly and I lost a lot of weight in about a week

i can't imagine how parents deal with that
troy_macclure 24th-Jul-2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
<3
staygoldpnyboy 24th-Jul-2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
:(
ive been through something similar, it is not fun. glad to hear you are doing better.
parker_hallie 24th-Jul-2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
I hope they're not just making up any story to profit from Amy's death. She wouldn't have said 'Mom' (maybe the journalist americanised it, seems unnecessary w/e).
I can see how her parents must have been steeling themselves for this for a while. So sad.
slutdrunkmystag 24th-Jul-2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
British papers change "mom" to "mum" regularly, I'm assuming they just did the opposite.
manu19 24th-Jul-2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
why am i getting all the bashing further down for basically saying the same thing ... O.o
srparker328 24th-Jul-2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
no one cares for timberlake, probably.......
melodyjae 24th-Jul-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
lol I think some people think you mean you can't imagine British people telling their mothers they love them? I don't know.
anchors_oceans 24th-Jul-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
i get what you were saying bb. don't worry about it. some people nit-pick at dumb stuff for the sake of fighting with a random on the internet.

and your icon is lovely. :)
bathstone 24th-Jul-2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
I knew what you meant (re: mom/mum). Don't worry about it.
vldtheimpaler 24th-Jul-2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
I haaaate when articles change mum/mom. We all know that's not what they say, and we'd obviously know what they'd mean. It just makes the article seem unreliable.
loganx2 24th-Jul-2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
ugh horrible.
insomniachobs 24th-Jul-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
That poor woman. Nobody should have to bury their child.
102bb 24th-Jul-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
God, I was surrounded by drug abuse for the majority of my life, and it's just so awful to see the toll addiction can take on a person. I watched my mom drop to 90 pounds during the peak of her heroin use. I was only 10 at the time, and I had to make peace with the fact that my mom might die at any moment. Thankfully, though, she eventually got better. I wish this was the case for all addicts.

I feel so sorry for Amy's mother.
srparker328 24th-Jul-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
I wish this was the case for all addicts

everyone has to die sometime, the survival of the fittest when it comes to the younger.
102bb 24th-Jul-2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
lol oh okay
ugly_jacket 24th-Jul-2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
worst troll ever
slutdrunkmystag 24th-Jul-2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about what you went through, but that's great that your mom was able to overcome it.
bathstone 24th-Jul-2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you had to go through that, bb. I'm happy your mom's okay now.

PS - Love the icon.
matthewgoodband 24th-Jul-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Same here, except that my mom was on pills, fentenol and oxyconton. I had to accept since I was 9 that my mom might just die whenever as well. Especially since she threatened suicide and ended up in hospital twice a week if not more. It's really hard to accept that a family member that close is probably going to die.

Many hugs to you. <3
marsdeafaden 24th-Jul-2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Same here. Except it's alcohol and morphine/Vicodin for my father.
voyevoda 25th-Jul-2011 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm glad you mum got better bb. My stepmum just got off ALL her narcotics and it's like she's actually ALIVE again. She went from 24 hour long sleeping sessions to dancing 30 minutes every day and cleaning the house again. It's hard to believe just how much drugs can turn you into a different person.

Granted she's still in a lot of pain, but she's actually happy now.
magicpineapple 26th-Jul-2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, bb. Having a parent addicted to anything is horrible. My mom was addicted to painkillers for many years when I was growing up, but she thankfully finally realized she needed help, and she has been clean for awhile now. It's a difficult thing, at best, to watch your parent and be pretty much helpless to stop it, especially being a young child. My heart breaks for you, but it's wonderful to hear that your mother got better. /hug
srparker328 24th-Jul-2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
yawn
qween_tartii 24th-Jul-2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Its hard enough to lose a child, but watching them slowly self-destruct and not be able to do anything about it must be torture. I can't even imagine how awful that must be.
muffinreborn 24th-Jul-2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
I'm just so sick of everybody saying shit like "I have no sympathy because she was a drug addict!"

People don't understand that addiction is something you "choose" to have, and that it can't be cured just by going to rehab.

Also, fuck everybody that makes the "she should've gone to rehab" joke.
muffinreborn 24th-Jul-2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
oops. addiction *isn't* something you choose to have.
manu19 24th-Jul-2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
well i dont know her but it was her choice to start all that shit to begin with. i have a choice to smoke but i dont do it bc it could kill me
srparker328 24th-Jul-2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
...
qween_tartii 24th-Jul-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
I swear, the next person on my FB page who makes some tasteless "she should have said YES YES YES" joke is getting a cyber bitch-slap. This shit ain't cool, people.
toetappinbeat 24th-Jul-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
This.
melodyjae 24th-Jul-2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
One of my FB friends posted a status calling her an idiot and saying she should've gone to rehab. I was like "Really?! You try dealing with a drug addiction then get back to me."
jessashoutbaby 24th-Jul-2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
Fucking truth. Straight up idiocy from some people on Facebook right now.
nimberlane 24th-Jul-2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
lol people are saying that?

oh lawd, it's the ryan dunn clusterfuck all over again
andres01234 24th-Jul-2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Well, to be honest, she was the one who wrote a song about not needing to go to rehab because she was above everyone and there was nothing they could teach her and that she preferred to stay at home instead of wasting 2 weeks in rehab.
I'm not saying she deserved it or anything. But she was continuing the stereotype of people who think they are smarter than drugs when really nobody is. People who do drugs and don't get hooked are just like they weren't born with an addictive personality, that's all. They're not smarter, just luckier
aurelia92 24th-Jul-2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I have sympathy, specially for her family, but you can't seriously tell me she didn't have it coming. You DO make a choice when you start taking drugs, it's always a choice. Even if it was in a difficult situation. A lot of people go through a lot of shit, not everybody ends up like that. She had so much going for her (family, money, talent) so I do think she is at least partly responsible for what happened.
kimberwyn 24th-Jul-2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
The addiction process is one thing, but we all know what using drugs can lead to if you choose to try them.

Her family deserves sympathy imo, and no one "deserves" what happened to her, but I wouldn't call it tragic.
putyohandsonme 24th-Jul-2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Argh it is so hard for me to truly feel sorry for her when so many people's lives are cut short by senseless acts of violence and negligence, rude but how I feel right now.
superdogbiter 24th-Jul-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
it's sad all around so just respect that
putyohandsonme 24th-Jul-2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yea I know, but I just lost someone that was pretty much like a father to me on Friday because someone was not paying attention and went into the bike lane... It makes me sad when people have no respect for themselves or their love ones,and when innocent people just enjoying their day are gone in an instant.
fraubluecher 24th-Jul-2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think you personally HAVE TO feel sorry for Amy, really. As long as you don't make fun of others being sad it's all good.
tamburlaine 24th-Jul-2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Then I don't know why you feel you had to make this comment.
102bb 24th-Jul-2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Then don't. No one is forcing you.
infinite93 24th-Jul-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Don't then but this isn't a tragic death competition.
skepsis 24th-Jul-2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Sympathy is not a finite resource. Nor is it a 'most deserving of sympathy competition'. Most of us are capable of having sympathy for multiple people at any one time. :/
sashwizzled 24th-Jul-2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry, I wasn't aware I only had a limited amount of sympathy to give out.
Soja M. 24th-Jul-2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Don't read into the negative replies people have left you. I sort of get what you're saying, that it's hard to feel sorry for one person when there are so many more dying each day. Some people need to learn not to take everything someone posts here as some rude insult.
nimberlane 24th-Jul-2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
alrighty
kimberwyn 24th-Jul-2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
I get ya.
srparker328 24th-Jul-2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
where do they look alike?
rampant_geekery 24th-Jul-2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Nose and eyes
anchors_oceans 24th-Jul-2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
i see it, too.
leatherandjeans 24th-Jul-2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
That's so heartbreaking :(
manu19 24th-Jul-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
somehow this seems made up, i cant see someone from england telling their mother "i love you mom"
moob 24th-Jul-2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
i cant see someone from england telling their mother "i love you mom"

you can shut up now
manu19 24th-Jul-2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
its true no one says mom, sounds made up from an "american" tabloid
normalchick 24th-Jul-2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
lol

she's probably talking about the mom part not the i love you bit.
nuravecunt 24th-Jul-2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
why so rude though?
popartpistol 24th-Jul-2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe they just changed mum to mom as not to confuse the Americans....
derrobitch 24th-Jul-2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
dumb comment
melodyjae 24th-Jul-2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they just used "mom" because it's an American source...
normalchick 24th-Jul-2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
It's probably an american source. British sites and magazines always change Mom to Mum.
parker_hallie 24th-Jul-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
IA that it's totally unnecessary to americanise that word.
The majority of Americans know that British and Australian people tend to call their mothers Mum. It takes away from the sincerity of that statement to change her words.
givemethepen 24th-Jul-2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Pretty much everyone I know says 'mom' rather than 'mum'. It's definitely very common in the West Midlands! 'Mum' sounds and looks really odd to me, I've never said it. Although Amy isn't from the Midlands, but I'm sure some people in other parts of the UK say it too.
sdpt 24th-Jul-2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
hehe yeah, she would be like "mumzy, i do love thee"
sashwizzled 24th-Jul-2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
I thought for a moment you were saying that you couldn't see British people telling their mothers they loved them and I was like, okay gurl brb telling my mother I'm not allowed to love her as part of my national identity.

BUT NEVER MIND :D
lcacbc 24th-Jul-2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the quote in British tabloids and they've spelled it 'mum'. US tabloids must have changed it.
torakaka 24th-Jul-2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
why? her mom sounds exactly like mine. my sister has self-destructive tendencies, and before my sister went into to rehab, my mom had come to terms that she could die at any time. there is no reason for even a mother to stress over her child until she herself goes crazy when the child is no longer a child and should be able to take care of themselves.
derrobitch 24th-Jul-2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
this is so terribly sad, my heart can't take it. the past 48 hours have been so fucked. her poor parents.
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