Belfast Telegraph

Winehouse mother: Grief not easier

The mother of the late singer Amy Winehouse has said that almost a year after her death the grief "doesn't get any easier".

Janis Whitehouse, who admittedd she occasionally wakes up in tears even now, said she wears items of Amy's jewellery to stay close to her.

And in an interview with Hello! magazine, she told how simply hearing her music has her brimming with emotion.

Retired pharmacist Janis said: "We went to New York in April to launch the Amy Winehouse Foundation over there.

"We got on the plane at Heathrow and one of Amy's songs was playing, and I was inconsolable. Then, we bowled into a restaurant in New York and Back To Black was being played, and the emotions came again."

Chart star Amy died on July 23 last year from alcohol poisoning, but her mother is still coming to terms with the loss.

"There's a huge hole in my life - I used to speak to Amy every day. Sometimes I wake up sobbing," she said.

Janis wears one of the Rehab singer's rings as well as a Star of David necklace she wore as a child.

"She nibbled on it all the time, so it's got lots of marks on it," she added.

Janis said the family will mark the anniversary of her death in the Jewish tradition, with prayers and the lighting of a candle.


From Belfast Telegraph