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Amy Winehouse’s ideal rehab: Vacation

by Danielle Berrin

April 6, 2009 | 1:04 pm

For Amy Winehouse, city life is just too much.

Back in London, there are bar brawls to get in, a convict husband to divorce and assault charges to address in court. It’s enough to make you want to escape to a Caribbean island, like St. Lucia, where the singer has spent most of 2009 on an “extended vacation.”

Just don’t think she’s there to enjoy the high life: Wino says she’s avoided hard drugs the whole time. And what’s more, she’s curing her addiction to heroin and cocaine—- by smoking pot. Other than that, life is pretty much normal.

People Magazine reports:

..[T]his visit she is planning to get back to her singing, her rep says. “She is having her usual break,” rep Chris Goodman tells PEOPLE. But “she will start working with Salaam Remi soon.”

Remi helmed much of her earlier work on Frank and Back to Black. And while Winehouse travels with mobile recording equipment, her record company, Island, has access to or owns many top studios around the Caribbean, Goodman says, and it is likely she will use one of those for the sessions.

She is set to head back to the U.K. in time for a concert celebration of her record company’s 50th birthday in late May.

Likewise, Hollywood Gossip reports that she’s turning her life around:

If you didn’t know Amy Winehouse was a complete train wreck, her interview with British celeb news mag Now might have you believe she’s a totally normal girl.

“I just wanted to get away from London in the winter and have a nice break in the sunshine,” the Wino said about her two-month long vacation in St. Lucia.

Don’t we all, A-Dubs. Talking about how she enjoyed her “daily routine” of exercise and would “love to have a family” one day, Amy Winehouse confidently asserts she “hasn’t done any smack or crack since before I went out there.”

Despite the fact that her estranged husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, is livid over her adultery and plans to divorce her, Winehouse is blithely unrepentant.

She tells British Now:

“I still love Blake and I want him to move into my new house with me - that was my plan all along. I won’t let him divorce me. He’s the male version of me and we’re perfect for one another. Alright, I had some fun with a lovely bloke in St. Lucia but that was a holiday thing. I don’t want anybody but Blake,” she says.

 

It’s touching; she still loves him—even though he admits he got her addicted to drugs. This love story sounds unfortunately similar to that of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. They also bonded over heroin, and as we know, that affair did not end well.

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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