The late British singer Amy Winehouse was known for her unique voice and her drug and alcohol abuse. But her older brother Alex reveals the singer also battled a secret demon…bulimia.
In his first ever full-length interview, Alex opened up to The Guardian in honor during the opening of a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum entitled “Amy Winehouse: a Family Portrait”.
Alex Winehouse, who is four years older than Amy, revealed never before heard information on his late sister.
Alex admits Amy Winehouse was “in and out of rehab” for drugs and alcohol her entire life, but that what really killed her was her struggle with bulimia.
Alex says Amy developed bulimia in her late teens when she started hanging out with a group of girls who “were all doing it. They’d put loads of rich sauces on their food, scarf it down and throw it up. They stopped doing it, but Amy never really did.”
“We all knew she was doing it, but it’s almost impossible [to tackle] especially if you’re not talking about it. It’s a real dark, dark issue,” Alex stated. “She suffered from bulimia very badly. That’s not, like, a revelation – you knew just by looking at her… but what really killed her was the bulimia… Absolutely terrible.”
“I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible,” he explains. “Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.”
In January 2013, a second inquest confirmed that Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning.
Alex, who was 31-years-old when Amy died at age 27, blames fame for many of his sister’s problems.
“She was pretty much shut in the house and couldn’t go anywhere,” he recalled. “I’d go home, back to normality. She didn’t have that. The interest that they had in her was absolutely insane. She didn’t want it but her every moment was covered in the press.”
Alex didn’t sugar coat his statements about his famous sister. He admits, “She was annoying, frustrating, a pain in the bum. But she was also incredibly generous, very caring. She’d do anything for anyone, she really would. She was loyal – as a sister, daughter and friend. She was probably the most loyal friend to people I’ve ever known.”
“She was a really good person. And horrible in other respects,” he stated.
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