Amy Winehouse’s mother suggests late daughter had Tourette’s Syndrome

Janis Winehouse has published new memoir 'Loving Amy, A Mother's Story' about her child

Amy Winehouse‘s mother has suggested that her late daughter may have had Tourette’s Syndrome.

Janis Winehouse has published new memoir Loving Amy, A Mother’s Story, in which she talks about raising Amy and her descent into drug addiction and her eventual death in 2011.

‘She was a singer, a superstar, an addict and a young woman who hurtled towards an untimely death. To me, though, she is simply Amy. She was my daughter and my friend, and she will be with me forever’, Winehouse writes in her memoir.


One part of the book, featured by US publication People, sees Winehouse talk about how Amy stood out from others when she was growing up. “I think that she was a special-needs kid in that she was so intelligent. She was so gifted, living in a world where she just wasn’t average, where she didn’t quite fit in. But it was a great life lived.”

“She could well have been almost Tourette’s, where she would just shout things out,” Janis adds. “We just do not know.”

Last year saw the release of Winehouse documentary Amy, the film is nominated at this year’s Oscars and became the second biggest documentary ever at the UK box office, grossing £3.44 million.

However, Winehouse’s father Mitch has said that Amy does not show an entirely accurate portrayal of her personality and that Asif Kapadia’s successful documentary did not show the “sense of fun” that he recognised in his daughter. He is understood to be working on his own film about Amy in response.