Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is speaking out about his relationship with the late singer 12 years after her death at the age of 27.
During an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” on what would have been Winehouse’s 40th birthday, the 41-year-old was asked if he still thought people held him “responsible” for her death.
“Yes, I think that’s one of the reasons I wanted to speak today,” he replied. “Yeah, I do. I do,” “And that’s okay. I can’t change what other people think about it.”
Fielder-Civil continued: “But for me personally, I had to stop carrying this cross alone. I have carried this burden myself for over 10 years. I feel, to be honest, that I am the only person in this story that has always held accounts, that has always tried to say: ‘Yes, I made huge mistakes.'”
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Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 from alcohol poisoning after publicly struggling with drug addiction before her death. The six-time Grammy Award winner and Fielder-Civil, who also had a drug problem, were married from 2007 to 2009.
During his appearance on “Good Morning Britain,” Fielder-Civl was asked to explain the “huge mistakes” he made during his time with Winehouse.
“I was a twenty-something drug addict,” he admitted. “So I had absolutely no idea how to clean myself up, let alone someone else who was a big cog in a label’s machine, and there was a whole point in Amy continuing to play.”
“She was also very vulnerable and, as we know, such a fragile soul,” commented host Ben Shepherd.
“Yes, she was. I think that fragility is what people connected to in the albums and in the songwriting,” Fielder-Civil responded.
After first meeting in 2005, Winehouse and Fielder-Civil embarked on a turbulent relationship that lasted for years and led to a series of arrests, stints in rehab and public fights.
While Winehouse struggled with alcohol abuse and smoked cannabis, Fielder-Civil previously admitted that he introduced Winehouse to harder drugs, including crack and heroin.
After her death, many fans blamed Fielder-Civil and his influence on Winehouse for the downward spiral that ultimately resulted in her death.
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During his interview on Good Morning Britain, Fielder Civil was asked if he thought Winehouse would have used the drugs she did if he hadn’t been a drug addict beforehand.
“I mean, I wasn’t a drug addict before Amy,” he said. “I did drugs. There’s a difference between someone who does drugs, obviously, socially. Again, it’s not me trying to demean my role. I became a drug addict. “
“But you said her relationship with heroin started when she saw you doing it,” said host Susanna Reid.
“Yeah, that’s true,” Fielder-Civil responded.
“Because she asked you if she could try it,” Reid said.
“Yeah, that’s right,” he said. “Again, for the sake of accountability. I’ve tried this particular drug several times and haven’t gone down a bad path with it. I know it sounds weird to say, but it hasn’t gotten us as as deeply as possible.” It was still very true, even though it wasn’t glamorous, I’m not trying to pretend it was. It was still – it was just a drug.
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Shepherd asked Fielder-Civil what he would have done differently if he could go back in time.
“Would it have been then?” » asked Berger.
“Almost everything,” Fielder-Civil responded. “Before we and Amy did this together, I had tried it a few times. So I recognize myself now. And that’s part of being kinder to myself. I didn’t know what I was doing.”
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He continued: “I didn’t intend for this to happen. I don’t think the people around Amy and everyone loved Amy – her family, her friends. I don’t think any of them would think that’s what I would have wanted.”
“People – I think they would have said that Amy wouldn’t want me to take on the burden of the last ten years.”