Russell Brand: ‘I should have helped Amy Winehouse’


Russell Brand has said that he wishes he could have helped Amy Winehouse overcome her demons.

The funnyman told The Sun that he feels guilty for not reaching out to the singer when he first noticed she was in trouble.

“I got clean at the age of 27, the age Amy was when she died,” he explained. “[Her] death was a paradoxical unsurprising shock. I felt like I could have done something to help – to give her the chance I had.

“When she died, it was this feeling of, ‘Agh, I knew that was going to happen’. I had this flickering sense that I should have done something about that. I feel a bit guilty that there was nothing I did.”

The 37-year-old actor told the paper that he once ran into Winehouse at a party and could tell there and then she was struggling.

“I loved Amy on the basis that I thought she was really, really brilliant,” he said. “I recognised that this person has got it, she has got this thing. She is not happy, she is on edge.

“She drank this glass of champagne and threw it over her shoulder once. I said, ‘What are you doing that for?’ She said, ‘I was doing it to impress you’. I said, ‘Well… don’t’, then she started flicking lit cigarettes around the room.

“That’s when I got the sense of the ticking clock and spoke to other people, [saying]: ‘Hey, we need to do something.'”


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