Singer Amy Winehouse’s mother is convinced her late daughter suffered from the neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome. Janis Winehouse insists the condition could explain the troubled singer’s outbursts and tics, which began at a surprisingly young age.
In a new memoir titled Loving Amy Janis speculates about her daughter’s mental health issues, stating, “She could well have been almost Tourette’s, where she would just shout things out. We just do not know.”
The “Rehab” singer’s mom also suggests her daughter’s short life was “a great life lived,” adding, “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.”
Amy Winehouse was the subject of a 2015 documentary called Amy, which is destined to land an Oscar nomination. She died in 2011 at age 27.
Winehouse’s mom also reveals things most of her fans never knew about Amy: She used to cut herself by the age of nine and was actually a bully to other children. She was smoking by age 12, drinking by age 15 and was usually bad tempered. Not surprisingly, she demanded (and commanded) attention from a very young age, just as she did while piercing her lip in the back of a classroom. She smoked pot everyday — and there were also the eating disorders.
These make up just a short list of some of the many, many disturbing things Janis Winehouse reveals in her amazing book, which is even better than the acclaimed documentary. We highly recommend it to any fan of Amy Winehouse.