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Bromfield hails Winehouse 'gift'

Amy Winehouse's pop star goddaughter Dionne Bromfield says she owes much of her success to the tragic songstress.

The 19-year-old, who is also known to a generation of CBBC viewers as presenter of Friday Download, said her famous older mentor helped shield her from turmoil.

Winehouse, whose hits included Rehab and Back In Black, died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 aged 27.

Bromfield is working on her third album, having been given extensive help and encouragement from family friend Winehouse throughout her musical career.

She told the Mail on Sunday's You magazine: "Amy never showed me the bad side of her life. Even if she was unhappy she would always smile for me."

Winehouse made the then 12-year-old protege the first signing to her record label in 2009 and appeared to support the child star on backing vocals during a musical performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Bromfield said: "She was basically saying 'Regardless of who I am, I'm here to give you this leg up'. It was the most amazing gift, and the older I get the more thankful I am for it."

She said she felt "numb" after learning of Winehouse's death while at a festival in Wales, and is sceptical about a new biopic, Amy, chronicling the tragic singer's life.

She said: "No film is ever going to be able to tell me about the Amy I knew."

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