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Winehouse success tainted by sorrow

Amy Winehouse couldn't enjoy her success as much as she should have because of the heartbreak behind her songs, her father has said.

Back To Black, the album that shot the songstress to fame, was all about her doomed relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil.

"The nature of the songs made it hard for her to feel as excited as you might expect about the album's reception and success," her father Mitch said.

"Whereas people might walk along the street humming Love Is A Losing Game, to Amy it was like a knife in the heart, a reminder of the worst times."

Mitch, who has written a harrowing book, Amy: My Daughter, with all proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said that some people didn't realise that his daughter had been drug-free for nearly three years before her death from alcohol poisoning.

"I still get people [saying on the internet] that she was a drug addict and asking why would you want to put a statue up in Camden Town for a drug addict?

"Clearly they haven't had any kind of addiction in their family. If they had, they wouldn't be speaking so harshly about somebody who dealt with their addiction in such a positive way."

Chart star Amy died on July 23 last year from alcohol poisoning.

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