Janis Winehouse: ‘Amy felt she was invincible’

The late star's mother speaks out about her daughter's alcoholism

Amy Winehouse’s mother Janis has spoken out for the first time since the results of the inquest into her daughter’s death were revealed last week, saying that the late singer “felt she was invincible”.

The inquest revealed that alcohol was the cause of the 27 year old’s death, but her mother has said: “I think what killed Amy was not just the alcohol, but the fact she was less than 7st and just over 5ft tall.”

According to the Daily Mail, Janis also said that she thinks her daughter’s recent bout of abstinence had its part to play in her death: “Her body couldn’t cope with that amount of alcohol after three weeks of abstinence. It was the lack of consistency; the stopping and starting again.”

She continued: “She could go for weeks without having a drink, but then she’d fall off the wagon. She was like a little girl who just couldn’t resist putting her finger in the fan, even though she knew it was dangerous.”

“I don’t think for a second she ever thought she would die,” added Janis, “or that alcohol or drugs would kill her.”

Yesterday, two tracks from Amy Winehouse‘s forthcoming posthumous album ‘Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ surfaced online.

Both the previously unreleased track ‘Like Smoke’, which is a collaboration with rapper Nas, and her cover of the Ruby & The Romantics‘ single ‘Our Day Will Come’ are now online. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to both tracks, and you can also read an in depth preview of the album, which has been written by NME’s Dan Martin, by visiting NME.COM/blogs.

Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures – First Listen