Best friend of Amy Winehouse is opening up about the singer’s tragic death for the first time.
“I was running out of ideas”, dice Tyler James, 39, about her struggles to help the singer of Back to Black a Overcome her long-term addiction to alcohol and bulimia in the home they shared in Camden, London.
James, who is a singer, reveals that he left the house two days before Winehouse’s death after an argument with her, hoping it would surprise people. singer to curb his drunkenness.
The next day, she left a message on her cell phone, saying: Are you okay, darling? You, please come home.
Tragically, he returned to find an ambulance parked outside the building and a paramedic in the hallway. Upstairs, Winehouse lay dead in her bedroom. Later, a coroner confirmed the cause of death as alcohol toxicity. She was only 27 years old.
Met Winehouse At 13 years old . “I never had that connection to someone again and I never will. I loved her. I was on a mission. I had a task. I had a job [para curarla] and that’s all I wanted to do.
“I want people to recognize how hard I worked to get off drugs and how close I was to [dejar el alcohol] forever, how close I was to being healthy “, keep going.
“Amy was a twenty-something addicted girl, and everyone was a part of her. Everybody was watching it. When you go to rehab, you have to be the strongest you have been in your life, when you are the weakest you have been in your life. And she had to go through that in front of people », explains James.
“I want people to understand how difficult it was for her. I want people to know what it was, to stop seeing it as this condemned person.
James says the scene outside the home immediately after Winehouse’s death was “Like a movie premiere”, as fans and the media descended on a grassy plaza in front to hold a candlelight vigil around a makeshift shrine for the singer.
It was a reflection of the worldwide fame that he had secured at age 20 when he released Back to Black with great worldwide success, ranking number one in 19 different countries and selling more than 16 million copies.
Sadly, it was also a symptom of how much fame had invaded the singer’s personal life, something Tyler believes led directly to her well-known heroin and crack problems.
“I wanted to tell what it was like for her to have to live in that world,” James said. “With that level of fame, that level of intrusion, that lack of privacy. I don’t think people really realize the effect it has on a person. She craved normality. The biggest thing that screwed Amy was being famous. “
James continues: «Amy went through a lot. It was difficult for her. It was a different time back then. If you were famous, you could be harassed. They didn’t care how that affected your mental health, or if it was making your addiction worse or making you lose your mind. I don’t think that will happen today. Amy wasn’t the only one… Princess Diana, Britney Spears… «
According to James, Winehouse he had been heroin and crack free for three years when he died. She had also started eating healthier and received great support from her father, Mitch, who desperately tried to help his daughter walk away from her demons and addictions. Despite this, her struggle with fame and alcohol remained a constant problem in her life and in the lives of everyone close to her.
When someone is an addict, it affects everyone around them. And when someone is famous, you can also call fame a disease and say that it affects everyone around them, ”James mentioned.
I don’t blame anyone. I don’t blame the music industry. I don’t blame Mitch. I don’t blame Amy’s management. I blame the addiction. That’s why I lost my friend.
Add: Amy was my soul mate. We were two halves of the same person. I never imagined life without her. She was my best friend. It was never sexual, but [cuando murió] It was more like losing my wife, and even more, losing my wife to illness.