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Amy Winehouse’s close friends reveal reason for breaking 10 year silence over her death

Ten years after the death of Amy Winehouse, her closest friends and parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, as well as her step-dad Richard Collins and step-mum, Jane, spoke properly for the first time.

Many claim to have been best friends since Amy’s tragic July 2011 death. They often share stories of meeting her.

Her two closest friends, Naomi Parry, and Catriona Goullay, remained silent, announcing that they would never speak publicly.

They were not impressed when Amy’s friends revealed their stories to the world shortly after her funeral.

Now, ten years on, they admit that people never got to see the real Amy as the narrative had been “hijacked”.



Naomi Parry, one of Amy's closest friends has revealed why she is speaking out after ten years
Naomi Parry, one of Amy’s closest friends has revealed why she is speaking out after ten years

Speaking to Vice, Naomi said: “Right after Amy died, we agreed that we wouldn’t talk publicly about her.

“But I just got so fed up with the narrative and the way that she’d been portrayed, I didn’t have any intention of talking personally, ever, but because her narrative had been completely hijacked I felt I kind of had to.”

Catriona added: “There was so much Amy noise, and most of it was pure b*****s or hot air from people who were trying to acquire some sort of status, or they were a signed artist – there was always something behind it.



Catriona lived with Amy while she was writing her album Back to Black
Catriona lived with Amy while she was writing her album Back to Black

“It got to the point where our silence was contributing to that because we weren’t correcting anything.”

Naomi went on to tell the publication that the pair started getting “p****d off” with people trying to tell their story, so after taking part in the BBC documentary, Reclaiming Amy, they wanted to release their book, Beyond Black, to showcase the real Amy that not many people got to see.



Amy's closest friends chose not to speak publicly about the late singer following her death
Amy’s closest friends chose not to speak publicly about the late singer following her death

Catriona revealed that Amy’s second studio album, Back to Black, was mostly written while the pair were living together in Camden and while many speculate that it’s about her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, this is not the case.

“They were written some time before he came on the scene,” Beyond Black was her confession.

Catriona went on to admit that Amy would be “jolly p*****d off” about how things have turned out after claiming she feels as though she is betraying Amy by discussing their friendship.

Catriona also revealed to Catriona that Amy had founded her own record company before her heartbreaking loss. This would have allowed Amy to mentor young artists such as Dionne Bromfield.



The world was rocked on July 23, 2011, when it was announced Amy had passed away
The world was rocked on July 23, 2011, when it was announced Amy had passed away

Both Naomi and Cat were keen to ensure that Amy’s early career surrounding her debut album Frank was recognised, for which she won an Ivor Novello award before being catapulted to international stardom.

Explaining why she chose to release Beyond Black, Naomi said: “There were lots of people that were really important to Amy who hadn’t really had a voice or hadn’t wanted to speak but really wanted to celebrate her.

“I thought it was important to get all of those people involved, hence why Cat is the main contributor and I got her on board, first of all, it was about gathering up all of those positive things that people have ever said about Amy.”

Amy Winehouse: Beyond Black is available to purchase now.

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Amy Winehouse's close friends reveal reason for breaking 10 year silence over her death
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