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Transcript: Winehouse's parents-in-law
Amy Winehouse's parents-in-law have spoken to BBC Radio Five Live about the singer's high-profile drug problems.

Here are a selection of quotes from Giles and Georgette, the parents of Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil.


Victoria Derbyshire [Five Live host]: "Explain what Blake and Amy are both going through at the moment."

Georgette and I believe that they are drug addicts and they don't believe they are

Giles Fielder-Civil: "I think it's abject denial. They don't see themselves as having a problem and they're quite aggressive in their defence of themselves. I think both sets of families are concerned that this denial will lead to something more severe and ultimately much more final.

"Georgette and I both believe that they are drug addicts and they don't believe they are. I think they believe that they are recreational users of drugs and they are in control. But it seems to Georgette and I that this isn't the case.

"I think it's now time for them to take responsibility and realise that this is a serious problem and they need to seek proper advice and take that advice."


Giles Fielder-Civil: "We would urge Amy's fans to send a message to Amy that her addiction and her behaviour is not acceptable.

We shouldn't be condoning her addiction by rewarding her with these awards
"Perhaps its time to stop buying records. It's a possibility to send that message. Because by doing that, it affects the record company and then the record company may take notice.

"I believe the record company have a responsibility. They can either cease the contract and say: 'Until you sort yourself out we're not doing any more work together,' or take responsibility and make the pair enter a proper rehabilitation unit where they can't leave until they're sorted out.

"Georgette and I believe strongly there should be no awards made for Amy... We shouldn't be condoning her addiction by rewarding her with these awards. I know it's for her music and that's different, but we still need to send a message to the couple that what their doing is not acceptable."


Georgette Fielder-Civil: "I think they both need to get medical help before one of them, if not both of them, eventually will die."

History is littered with dead young rock stars and we don't want that to happen
Giles Fielder-Civil: "We are concerned that if one of them dies, the other will die. They're a very close couple, and if one dies through substance abuse, the other may commit suicide.

"It seems to be accepted that rich rock stars take drugs. But rich rock stars who take drugs die.

"History is littered with dead young rock stars and we don't want that to happen. They both have their whole lives ahead of them. They are extremely in love and if they die in the next 12 to 24 months it will be such a tragic waste.

"We believe that if we can send a message, even ask the government and record company to try and do something to stop this culture of drink and drug abuse, it would set a much better example for young people in our society."

Victoria Derbyshire: "If Blake were listening right now what would you say to him?"

Giles Fielder-Civil: "We love him very much. We always support him. We ask him to just think about what he's doing and take responsibility."


Giles Fielder-Civil: "Why don't the record company do more? We believe that the record company should be proactive in helping the couple get better. At the moment they seem to be hiding behind a label that the pair aren't drug addicts, they're exhausted or whatever.

There is a saying that all publicity is good publicity
"The pair have gone away on holiday now. That isn't helping them. It's just getting them out of the way. We urge the record company to do something.

"There are a lot of people that surround the couple who do have a vested interest. There is a saying that all publicity is good publicity.

"We have tried to contact the record company again but we have received no reply. It's about time that their friends and their professional colleagues say to them: 'Enough is enough.'"


Giles Fielder-Civil: "We've identified one source of supply close to the couple. We have shared that information with Amy's family and with the record company. We've also shared that information with the Metropolitan Police because obviously we're concerned that if that source of supply continues, it could lead to major health problems.

"The police have said they will collate intelligence and take action when required. I have asked them to contact the source of supply and let that souce know that the police were aware because I hope that would put a stop to it.

"I have also confronted the source of supply and asked them to stop as well. That person admitted it, there was no denial. They gave me their word [that they would stop supplying].

"Unfortunately, Georgette and I have learnt over the last few weeks that not everybody's word is their bond."


Georgette Fielder-Civil: "We are so concerned. Every minute of the day, we're worried about them both. It's very difficult to try and get through to them both."

Victoria Derbyshire: "I think you did leave your young teenage sons [aged 13 and 14] in Blake and Amy's care didn't you, because you wanted them to experience responsibility?"

Georgette Fielder-Civil: "Yes, I did. It will never happen again... I'm afraid they abused our trust. Tragically they both took drugs."

Victoria Derbyshire: "In front of the boys?"

Georgette Fielder-Civil: "In another room... It was clear to the boys what was going on."

Giles Fielder-Civil: "We wanted to send a message, rightly or wrongly, that we were supporting Blake and Amy in every way we could, that we had faith and trust in them by leaving Blake's brothers with them. But clearly we feel that trust was abused."

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