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Winehouse 'aunt': Leave Amy alone

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse has three Ivor Novello songwriting nominations

A member of Amy Winehouse's family has called in to a BBC Radio show to ask the press to leave the singer alone.

Sue, who did not give her last name, called in to 5Live following a discussion on drugs that used the singer as an example.

"Please let her finish her rehabilitation - let her try to get off the stuff and then we'll have the Amy we all want," she said.

"We're just trying to carry on our lives, if possible."

Sue, who called in during Phil Williams's show, said she would not usually have picked up the phone to call in, but was angry at how the 24-year-old singer was used as an example in discussions on drug use.

'Give it a break'

"You keep bring up that she's a teenage icon and what example is she setting. She's setting no example. She didn't want to be an example - all she wants to be is a singer and a songwriter.

I don't know if this will be the last time Amy will be in rehab - we just keep our fingers crossed.
Sue, Amy Winehouse family member

"There are thousands of families going through the same tragic situation as us all over England and they're allowed to get on it quietly - and this is all we ask for Amy."

Sue also hit out at the paparazzi who follow the singer: "Give it a break - stop printing all those nasty photos," she said.

"Amy has the press knocking on her door at two o'clock, three o'clock in the morning and some of the photos of Amy at her worst is when she's had no sleep and gone downstairs to say 'leave me alone, shut up, I want to go to sleep'."

Amy Winehouse
Winehouse is to play a number of music festivals this summer

Police yesterday confirmed that Winehouse would not face charges over a video that purported to show her smoking a crack cocaine pipe.

And last month the singer was cautioned by police after admitting a common assault following an incident in Camden, north London.

When asked about the incidents, Sue said: "Sometimes in our heart of hearts - and this is going to sound ever so bad - we wish she would be incarcerated and maybe that would help get her off the drugs."

She refused to comment on rumours suggesting Winehouse might be looking to divorce her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is currently in prison accused of causing grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Winehouse is due to play a number of festivals across Europe this summer, starting with Portugal's Rock In Rio - In Lisbon event in May.

In the UK, she is playing at T in the Park, V Festival and Bestival, while she is also due at Ireland's Oxegen and Rock en Seine in Paris.

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