Amy Winehouse's mum defends her ex-husband over daughter's death

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Amy Winehouse's mother Janis has defended her ex-husband Mitch over his actions towards their daughter before her death.

The Winehouse family will mark a decade since the Rehab singer's untimely death from alcohol poisoning, aged just 27, on 23 July.

Since Amy's death, Mitch has been criticised by fans for how he helped manage her career and built his own media profile - with Asif Kapadia's 2015 documentary, Amy, painting an unflattering picture of his actions amid her drug and alcohol problems.

However, ahead of the release of a new BBC documentary, Janis has defended her ex - although she admitted he made mistakes.

"It wasn't Mitchell's fault. You didn't tell Amy what to do. Nobody did," she told the Radio Times. "We all do wrong things sometimes, and the easy target was Mitchell. But all of us put in so much effort (to help Amy)."

Since her death, Mitch has been accused by fans of failing to get Amy the help she needed and courting publicity himself, with his appearance with a film crew to make a documentary while she was vacationing in St. Lucia a particular sore point.

He has criticised Kapadia's film and denied suggestions he failed to get his daughter the help she needed, telling Loose Women in 2018: "It's up to the person in recovery and they have to want to get help. It's all about the person who is dealing with her addiction.

"She had all the support. She had a loving family. If my nan came down from hell in a fiery chariot, Amy would say, 'OK, maybe next week."'

Janis is appearing in a new BBC2 documentary, Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On, which is the latest attempt to tell the story of one of Britain's modern musical icons and the personal struggles that led to her death.

"I don't feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy," she said of the new film.

Amy: 10 Years On is just one of a host of programmes that will mark the 10th anniversary, airing on the BBC's radio and TV channels.

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