The Before and After of Amy Winehouse
The Greeks said: 'Those Whom The Gods Love Die Young’.
So London Jewish rock-singer Amy Winehouse has joined the pantheon of the ‘The Forever 27' Club’ and the guys on Mount Olympus will have welcomed her with open arms.
Within hours of her sudden death at home, the media was rife with lavish tributes – and mounting speculation - as to how it happened.
The easy answer is that her slight frame and battered system could not longer tolerate the constant beating from drugs, drink and rows with her lovers and friends.
Fans on social networking sites have also argued that her trouble was due in part to her parents’ divorce and a split home-life as a child. But I don’t quite believe that either. The real reason must be more complex.
I am not convinced that she wanted to be healthy as her emotional illness was what drove her art. She had several chances of recovery but declined them all.
During the summer of 2008 she was supposed to go to the Barzilai Medical Centre, Ashkelon, Israel on a drug rehabilitation course. But she denied this was her intention and never made the journey although Dr Andre Waismann, who heads the clinic, claims his patients recover in full because while addiction is generally considered to be a social and psychological problem, he believes it to be neurological.
The split picture (above) shows Winehouse as a healthy person and then skeletally frail after years of self-abuse had taken their toll. I believe she preferred to see herself like that because it was self-proof of her artistic success just as an anorexic chooses to remain unhealthily thin because of the ‘fat’ image projected into any mirror at which he or she may glance.Continued on the next page