The NEW Amy Winehouse: The Untold Story book is written by Chloe Govan.
Chloe Govan is a travel writer and music critic for various newspapers, websites and magazines who has also penned these and other book titles:
Jessie J: Who’s Laughing Now, Taylor Swift: The Rise Of The Nashville Teen, Kate Perry: A Life Of Fireworks, Rihanna: Rebel Flower, Never In Jeans: The Lady Gaga Style Guide and Psychoanalysing: Russell Brand
This report from The Sun reveals what’s inside the NEW Amy Winehouse book – Amy Winehouse: The Untold Story by Chloe Govan.
Amy Winehouse first tried to kill herself aged just 10
Shock claim about tragic star in new book
TRAGIC Amy Winehouse’s strained relationship with her father has been laid bare for the first time in an explosive new book.
It claims the troubled singer tried to kill herself aged just TEN after Mitch Winehouse left Amy’s mother Janis for another woman less than a year earlier.
The revelation comes just a week after it was reported that Amy’s estate was worth less than £180,000 after her family used her estimated £10million wealth to pay off their debts.
Now the book claims that the tormented star — who battled drink and drug addiction before her death in 2011 — was so devastated over her parents’ divorce that she later smoked dope, self-harmed and took an overdose of pills.
Amy was found foaming at the mouth by a pal who made sure she recovered.
It has always been thought that Amy’s drug problem began when she met her future husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and got hooked on heroin.
But one friend said: “Amy went through a lot of pain at her parents’ separation.
“She might have put on a front like she didn’t care but to her, seeing her father leave her for another woman was the ultimate abandonment.
“By ten she’d had her first spliff and, in some people’s eyes, was already on a road to ruin.”
Also revealed is that Amy’s first love was a boss she romped with in the toilets at her first place of work.
The book also tells the full extent of Amy’s toxic relationship with junkie husband Blake and claims she would threaten to commit suicide if he left her.
Friends suggest Amy may have turned to drink after fearing illness had robbed her of her distinctive voice.
They also claim she had a morbid death wish and wanted to join the so-called “27 club” alongside stars including Jimi Hendrix.
Amy’s life was cut tragically short when she was found dead after an alcohol binge in July 2011. She was just 27.
The singer, who shot to fame with hits including Rehab and Back To Black, had endured a long battle with drink, drugs and self-harming.
But according to pals who knew her from a young age, Amy had been desperately unhappy since her dad Mitch abandoned the family for a woman known as “Daddy’s work wife.”
One friend said Amy considered herself ugly and added: “She had an inferiority complex and felt she wasn’t good enough.
“If she had been, why would her father have left her?”
Amy took to slashing her arms and wrists with compasses, razor blades and shards of glass — but worse was to come when she overdosed on pills.
The friend who found her that day recalled: “I found Amy clutching her stomach in agony. She’d started foaming at the mouth and her eyes were rolling.
“It was easily the most terrifying thing I’d ever seen.
“She’d overdosed on pills because she didn’t want to live. She told me she’d wanted to go for a long sleep.
“I stayed with her until it wore off because she begged me not to tell anyone.
“Plenty of people would say I was a bad friend for not raising the alarm but I was truly scared.
“When I asked Amy what had made her do it, she said it was nothing and she’d just been really stupid. She swore blind it was the last time.”
Amy momentarily put her troubles behind her when, as a teenager, she landed a job at a news agency as a trainee music journalist.
There she fell for one of the bosses, who was seven years her senior.
One colleague said: “It was definitely love — they were obsessed with each other.
“One time, I believe they even had sex in the staff toilets.
“To some girls he’d have been the perfect boyfriend, but Amy was addicted to danger. She’d rather have had an abusive man than a kind one because she thrived on the drama. That was just Amy — crazy.”
The singer’s first big break came in 2003, when she recorded debut album Frank. But even then there were early signs of drug problems.
Producer Stefan Skarbek said: “When I knew Amy, there were already indications of her drug problems.
“She flashed a policeman on Primrose Hill in London and got taken away.
“She always struck me as funny, smart, sassy and pretty bitchy — a bit of an owl in the body of a porcelain doll. A pretty dirty one though.”
Amy’s lust often spilled over into her music, too — she picked drummer Nathan Allen for her band purely because she fancied him.
In 2006 Amy enjoyed huge success with her second album Back To Black. But booze got the better of her at that year’s Q Awards when she heckled Bono as the U2 frontman gave a speech. Amy shouted: “Shut up! I don’t give a f***!”
Backing singer Ade Omotayo recalled how Amy was left red-faced when record label bosses gave her a stern talking to.
He said: “(She and Bono) were on the same label. They said to her, “You do know he’s responsible for you being able to do all the stuff you’re doing, because his album sold, like, a zillion copies?”
“If it wasn’t for Bono, the label wouldn’t have had the money to send her out on the road. She said, ‘Oh my God, I’m sorry!”
Amy’s career began to hit the skids in 2007, when she married Blake in a low-key ceremony in Miami.
According to a friend, the pair’s biggest problem was Blake’s insecurity about his wife’s career. She said: “Music was the other man in Amy’s relationship and it drove Blake insane with jealousy.
“He was terrified of losing her to someone in showbiz and saw her career as a bit of a threat.
“He was afraid that one day Amy would see him as a good-for-nothing guy and chuck him out of her life.
“If she was off her head on drugs, there was less chance of that happening. So some might say he was trying to sabotage her singing career.
“To begin with he was Amy’s supplier — he decided if he was going to give her drugs and he liked that because it gave him a type of control.
“He was constantly pushing Amy to the limit and testing her love because he felt powerless in their relationship.
“She was the one with all the money and the adulation and she could call things off at any time, so he wanted to be reassured she would stay.” The friend also told how the pair had a liking for “emotional sadism and masochism,” enjoying hurting each other with words.
“It was very manipulative,” she explained. “The more Blake was unkind to Amy, the more she felt she needed him and vice versa. They got off on playing the games — it was emotional S&M.
“When Amy thought she was about to lose Blake, it made her want him all the more. She’d start off hating him for something he’d done, then the fear of being abandoned would kick in and she’d beg him to come back.
“But Amy soon found a way to manipulate him right back — she threatened suicide if he left.
“If the stress got too much, they’d self-harm to punish themselves or get attention and a shock reaction from the other one.
“It was so unhealthy but Amy was addicted and couldn’t let him go, whatever he did to her. She was a fool for love.
“Amy was under a lot of pressure to let him go, from the people who said she’d never put another album out while he was around to the people who bullied her to leave him.
“But that backfired in the end — people pulling her in all different directions. It made it easier for her to withdraw into drugs and escape from it all.”
In the months leading up to Amy’s death her friends and family tried to insist that she was over the worst of her addictions.
But close pals now reveal that her hard partying continued and, after one particularly intense drinking session, she fell unconscious and couldn’t be revived.
An ex-lover said: “She was paralysed. She couldn’t open her eyes, move or speak but she later told us she could hear everything we were saying. She was locked inside herself — it was almost as if she was brain dead for a few minutes.
“I don’t even think that partying is the right word for what she went through at the end because that would suggest she was having a good time. She went way beyond that point.”
Amy’s long-standing pal Alex Foden — the hairdresser who gave her the distinctive beehive hairdo — says she relished the idea of joining the infamous 27 Club.
She wanted to be immortalised like Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Rolling Stone Brian Jones and wild singer Janis Joplin — troubled musicians who all died in tragic circumstances before celebrating their 28th birthdays.
Alex said: “Amy always told me she thought she’d die young and that she knew she’d be a member of the 27 Club. I think she almost needed to die a legend.” Pals also claim that Amy may have known her voice would never recover after a bout of emphysema ravaged her lungs in 2008.
Alex added: “It is heartbreaking she appears to have gone through with her plans (to join the 27 Club).
“Amy knew her limits — I truly believe she knew this final binge might kill her.”
Another pal confirmed: “She was past the point of caring whether she lived or died.
“Amy never wanted to die in obscurity, to die having never made a record as good as Back To Black.
“It was almost as if she wanted to die young, to leave a legacy and to be remembered for her music and her voice.
“Sadly, she was all too aware of the 27 Club and was never afraid to join it.”
Amy Winehouse: The Untold Story – Chloe Govan Author Biography
In the beginning, there was the word – and the word was music. Chloe couldn’t tell you much about what’s happening in Eastenders – she doesn’t even know who the characters are – but ask her about music and she is a veritable encyclopaedia.
In her teens she toured the world with bands and produced her own music magazine. By the time she left school, her tutor’s report in her National Record of Achievement read: “A writer beyond all possible doubt, Chloe is at her best behind a pen” and “her innate linguistic fluency is outstanding.”
Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Chloe completed a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism, achieving a first with distinction.
You can continue reading Chloe Govan’s Author Biography on the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency website here.
Amy Winehouse: The Untold Story Amazon Book Description
Publication Date: May 11, 2013
Yet why and how did the song ‘Rehab’ stop being a multi-million selling work of genius and start becoming the soundtrack to a tragically short life?
Packed with exclusive interviews and previously untold stories, as well as expert psychological insights, this biography gets behind the newspaper headlines to answer that question, entering the real world of a talented yet troubled musical legend.
From a suicide attempt by overdose at the tender age of 10, and a teenage arrest for indecent exposure, to an account of what really happened at her final show in Serbia by someone who was on the same stage with her, this book is full of unique revelations.
The book also reveals the real story of her notorious love affair with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, complete with suicide threats and self-harm sessions, which at times seemed more addictive than any drug.
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