Adele on Amy Winehouse documentary: ‘I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it’

"I loved her and I went through my own massive grieving process as her fan"

Adele has opened up about the influence Amy Winehouse has had on her career, revealing that she recently went to see the “uncomfortable” documentary that focuses on the late soul singer.

In an interview with ID, Adele claimed that it was Winehouse’s 2003 album ‘Frank’ that inspired her to take up the guitar.

“If it wasn’t for Amy and ‘Frank’, one 100 per cent I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, I wouldn’t have written ‘Daydreamer’ or ‘Hometown’ and I wrote ‘Someone Like You’ on the guitar too,” she said.


“Contrary to reports, me and Amy didn’t really know each other, we weren’t friends or anything like that. I went to Brit School and she went for a little while. But a million per cent if I hadn’t heard ‘Frank’ this wouldn’t have happened. I adored her.”


When asked if she’d seen Asif Kapadia’s recently released documentary Amy, Adele revealed she “wasn’t going to” but was swayed by the positive reviews.

“I loved her and I went through my own massive grieving process as her fan. I’d finally got to a place where I felt really great about the impact she’d had on my life, in every way. I felt really, really fond of it all. But then I read this review of it and that made me go and see it.

“I got super emotional with the funeral footage. But I wasn’t really that into the saved voicemails and stuff like that. I felt like I was intruding so I actually felt a little bit uncomfortable and that ruined it for me. I love watching her, but I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it. But you know, I love Amy. I always have, I always will.”

Kapadia’s documentary was released in July to vast acclaim. However, Amy’s dad Mitch Winehouse has been critical of the film since its release, previously stating that it did not show an entirely accurate portrayal of her personality. Now he has announced that he will start work on his own project, telling Bang Showbiz: “We hope to start work fairly shortly on it. But it’s going to be more than just a film.”

“All of the people who weren’t in the film are hopping mad,” he added. “They want their voices to be heard. We don’t want to be like Asif, we’ll let people say what they want, but we don’t want it to be negative.”


“We meet at least every month: Amy’s dearest friends, Reg, and me, and we sit there, and the stories that we tell are brilliant. People don’t realise everybody’s got 100 stories about Amy, and that’s the kind of thing that we’re going to try and do.”