– March 13
Taking the States by Storm
Back to Black enters the Billboard charts at No. 7, the highest debut for a U.K. female at the time, and “Rehab” peaks at No. 9 on the Hot 100. Entertainment Weekly declares: “It’s a near-perfect [album] that declares not just the arrival of a fully formed talent, but possibly the first major salvo of a new British Invasion.”
Winehouse breaks up with chef Alex Claire and reconciles with Fielder-Civil. “Blake and I are best friends,” she tells EW. “It was a strain not to be able to see each other because we were both in other relationships.” In May, they get hitched in Miami. “I know I’m talented, but I wasn’t put here to sing,” she tells Rolling Stone. “I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family.”
‘Just Chicken Scratch’
In a video on Spin.com, Winehouse is seen posing for photographer Terry Richardson while scratching on her exposed midriff with a shard of broken glass. “I wrote ‘I love Blake’ on my tummy,” she says, “It’s just chicken scratch.” She also tells the German magazine Stern. “I believe that I live through pain. If you suffer for something it means to me that it is not unimportant.” Another milestone that month: Winehouse lands on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Rushed to the Hospital
A day after scoring three MTV Video Music Award nods, the singer is rushed to the University College London Hospital. Her rep says “exhaustion” is the cause, but Winehouse later admits it was a drug overdose. “I really thought I was on the way out,” she tells Stern. “My husband Blake saved me.” On Aug. 13, the newlyweds check into a “retreat” in Essex, England. However, they check out in a matter of days and go on a prolonged vacation in St. Lucia. Winehouse cancels the rest of her U.S. tour.
Battered and Bruised
The couple gets into a heated argument at the posh Sanderson hotel. The next morning, British papersfeature shocking photos of a bruised, bandaged, and blood-soaked Winehouse and a scratched-up Fielder-Civil. In emails to blogger Perez Hilton, she insists that her husband did not hit her. “I was cutting myself after he found me in our room about to do drugs with a call girl and rightly said I wasn’t good enough for him. I lost it.” Five days later, on BBC’s Radio 5 Live, Fielder-Civil’s mother, Georgette, pleads, “I think they both need to get medical help before one of them, if not both of them, eventually will die.”
Up in Smoke
Winehouse is arrested – along with Fielder-Civil and hairstylist Alex Foden – in Bergen, Norway, and charged with possessing .25 ounces of marijuana. She is released the next day after paying a $712 fine. When the incident leads to visa problems, the singer decides to appeal.
Hubby in Handcuffs
Police raid Winehouse’s London home and later arrest Fielder-Civil, 25, on conspiracy charges. Fielder-Civil, who had been awaiting trial for a June assault, allegedly tried to pay off a witness. A week later, an emotional Winehouse plays the first gig of her planned 17-date U.K. tour, only to be booed by fans. Soon afterward, she cancels all public appearances for 2007. “I can’t give it my all onstage without my Blake,” she says on her web site. “My husband is everything to me and without him it just isn’t the same.” In December, after racking up six Grammy nominations, Winehouse is arrested in connection with her husband’s case.
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