By Alfred Branch, Jr.
The Amy Winehouse saga grows deeper by the day.
According to published reports coming out of the U.K., the father-in law of the British pop sensation is urging her fans to boycott her albums to force her into rehab, which she so famously sings about.
Giles Fielder-Civil, father of Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, claims the couple was abusing drugs, including cocaine, crack and heroin, and are refusing to deal with their addiction. A boycott may send a message to the singer and her spouse that the “addiction and her behavior are not acceptable,” and allegedly he even calls on the singer’s record label, Island Records, to help the singer through her battle with drugs. . .
Island Records reportedly said it has done a tremendous amount in an effort to assist Winehouse and have given her the opportunity to seek further help by postponing her professional commitments.
“I think they believe they are recreational users of drugs and they are in control,” Fielder-Civil told British Broadcasting Corp. radio Tuesday. “Clearly they are addicts.”
A boycott does not sit well with Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, according to the Associated Press.
“It’s all clutching at straws,” Mitch Winehouse reportedly told the BBC. “There’s only one way out of this, and anybody with any drug experience will tell you … that the only way out of this is not sectioning them, not locking them up. At some point they are going to reach rock bottom … and at that point they will say, ‘Listen, I don’t want to do this anymore’.”
Pictures of the couple, speckled with blood and bruises, turned up in the tabloids last week after the pair allegedly used drugs and possibly physically sparred. She also fled a stint in rehab this summer, after only a few days.
Winehouse’s rollercoaster ride with fame has far from hurt sales of her six-month-old second album, Back to Black, which is approaching Platinum status (1 million copies).