Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch slams Paul McCartney’s ‘RIDICULOUS’ claims he could have saved late singer

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Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch has branded Paul McCartney’s claims that he could have saved the tragic star from death ‘ridiculous’.

Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women on Friday, on what would have been the singer’s 35th birthday, Mitch, 68, admitted he was taken aback when he learned the former Beatles star told GQ magazine of his regrets in not helping her battle her addictions.

Calling the statement ‘ridiculous’, he said of the star: ‘What would he have done? 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. 

Speaking out: Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has slammed Paul McCartney over his claims he could have helped his late daughter battle her addictions. Pictured in February 2008

Speaking out: Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has slammed Paul McCartney over his claims he could have helped his late daughter battle her addictions. Pictured in February 2008

Speaking out: Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch has slammed Paul McCartney over his claims he could have helped his late daughter battle her addictions. Pictured in February 2008

‘A lot of people like him think they can fix things. Why could he fix that? Of the hundreds of thousands of people dealing with addiction, all we need is Paul McCartney?’

However, Mitch still deemed the legendary musician ‘a very nice man’ as he spoke with panellists on the lunchtime show, and insisted that Amy’s family had lovingly supported her throughout her troubles.

‘She had all the support,’ said Mitch. ‘She had a loving family. If my nan came down from hell in a fiery chariot, Amy would say, “OK, maybe next week.”

Let It Be: In an interview with GQ, Paul McCartney revealed that he had regrets over not attempting to save her when they met each other back in 2008

Let It Be: In an interview with GQ, Paul McCartney revealed that he had regrets over not attempting to save her when they met each other back in 2008

Let It Be: In an interview with GQ, Paul McCartney revealed that he had regrets over not attempting to save her when they met each other back in 2008

Despair: The rocker told the magazine that he would have liked to have told Amy 'something that broke through the despair' when they met three years before her untimely death

Despair: The rocker told the magazine that he would have liked to have told Amy 'something that broke through the despair' when they met three years before her untimely death

Despair: The rocker told the magazine that he would have liked to have told Amy ‘something that broke through the despair’ when they met three years before her untimely death

‘We’ve gone through the hurt and the pain and it’s still painful and our way to deal with it is to help young people.’

During his interview with GQ, Let It Be hitmaker Paul spoke of his regret when meeting Valerie singer Amy Winehouse in 2008, three years before her tragic death from alcohol poisoning.

He said: ‘I knew she had a problem, and I ended up just saying hi, she said hi, but afterwards I thought I really should have just run after her — “Hey, Amy, listen, you’re really good, I really hope you…” — and say something that broke through the despair.

‘And she’d remember and think, “Oh yeah, I’m good, I’ve got a life to lead.” But you always have those little regrets.’

During his interview, Mitch also claimed that his late daughter’s ghost regularly visits him, describing the experience as a ‘wonderful feeling’. 

Strong reaction: Mitch reacted strongly to the Beatles legend's comments when he made an appearance on Loose Women on Friday afternoon

Strong reaction: Mitch reacted strongly to the Beatles legend's comments when he made an appearance on Loose Women on Friday afternoon

Strong reaction: Mitch reacted strongly to the Beatles legend’s comments when he made an appearance on Loose Women on Friday afternoon

Interview: Appearing on the show alongside his wife Jane, right, he was interviewed by (L-R) Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha

Interview: Appearing on the show alongside his wife Jane, right, he was interviewed by (L-R) Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha

Interview: Appearing on the show alongside his wife Jane, right, he was interviewed by (L-R) Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha

Special occasion: Swing singer Mitch made his appearance on the ITV show on what would have been his beloved daughter Amy's 35th birthday

Special occasion: Swing singer Mitch made his appearance on the ITV show on what would have been his beloved daughter Amy's 35th birthday

Special occasion: Swing singer Mitch made his appearance on the ITV show on what would have been his beloved daughter Amy’s 35th birthday

Panellists: (L-R) Stacey Solomon and Kaye Adams were also on the panel for the interview

Panellists: (L-R) Stacey Solomon and Kaye Adams were also on the panel for the interview

Panellists: (L-R) Stacey Solomon and Kaye Adams were also on the panel for the interview

Hello from the afterlife: Mitch claimed that his daughter's ghosts regularly visits him at home

Hello from the afterlife: Mitch claimed that his daughter's ghosts regularly visits him at home

Hello from the afterlife: Mitch claimed that his daughter’s ghosts regularly visits him at home

Telling the show’s panellists that Amy was with him ‘all the time’ and that her visits came in the form of an ‘electric impulse, he said: ‘She’s not gone, she’s with me all the time. Lovely spiritual stuff. She comes to me a lot and my mum and dad do.

‘It’s not an electrical shock because it’s not shocking… It’s the most wonderful feeling of knowing that somebody is there. I say to Amy, “Don’t wake me up in the middle of the night, please.”

‘It’s a bit frightening because it’s like an electric impulse in my body.’ 

He added of his interactions with the star in the afterlife: ‘I don’t differentiate Amy as an adult and Amy as a child.’

Mitch, who revealed plans to mark Amy’s birthday with an intimate family dinner, also insisted that his daughter was clear of drugs for three years when she died. 

Wonderful: The 68-year-old described his daughter's visits as 'the most wonderful feeling'

Wonderful: The 68-year-old described his daughter's visits as 'the most wonderful feeling'

Wonderful: The 68-year-old described his daughter’s visits as ‘the most wonderful feeling’

Intimate gathering: Mitch revealed plans to mark Amy's birthday with an intimate family dinner

Intimate gathering: Mitch revealed plans to mark Amy's birthday with an intimate family dinner

Intimate gathering: Mitch revealed plans to mark Amy’s birthday with an intimate family dinner

Family love: He insisted that Amy received much love and support as she battled her demons

Family love: He insisted that Amy received much love and support as she battled her demons

Family love: He insisted that Amy received much love and support as she battled her demons

Clear: He insisted that his daughter was clear of drugs for three years when she died in 2011

Clear: He insisted that his daughter was clear of drugs for three years when she died in 2011

Clear: He insisted that his daughter was clear of drugs for three years when she died in 2011

Helping hand: In the wake of her death, Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation which works to help young people struggling with substance abuse and the homeless

Helping hand: In the wake of her death, Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation which works to help young people struggling with substance abuse and the homeless

Helping hand: In the wake of her death, Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation which works to help young people struggling with substance abuse and the homeless

He said: ‘What people don’t realise about Amy is she was clear of drugs for three years. A lot of people think she died of a drugs overdose, right? Well she didn’t, she was clear of drugs for three years.

Some people say, “Well what’s the difference?” She died of alcohol poisoning.’

He also said that Amy was working towards sobriety and that it was only the last two days of her life that she abused booze heavily.

Swing singer Mitch explained: “The last year-and-a-half of her life there were large periods where she didn’t drink. The last six weeks of her life, five weeks and five nights she didn’t drink.

‘And the last two days, she drank an awful lot and that is what caused the alcohol poisoning. She was dealing with her addictions, she was actively working with her addictions. She was moving towards sobriety.’

In the wake of her death, Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation which works to help young people struggling with substance abuse and the homeless.

Tragic end: Valerie singer Amy died in her London home of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011

Tragic end: Valerie singer Amy died in her London home of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011

Tragic end: Valerie singer Amy died in her London home of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011

Tough battles: Amy's illustrious career was marred by reports of drug-taking and alcoholism

Tough battles: Amy's illustrious career was marred by reports of drug-taking and alcoholism

Tough battles: Amy’s illustrious career was marred by reports of drug-taking and alcoholism

Backstage: Mitch, who is also a singer, posed backstage with his wife Jane. He was married to Amy's mother, Janis, for 17 years until 1993

Backstage: Mitch, who is also a singer, posed backstage with his wife Jane. He was married to Amy's mother, Janis, for 17 years until 1993

Backstage: Mitch, who is also a singer, posed backstage with his wife Jane. He was married to Amy’s mother, Janis, for 17 years until 1993

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

 

  

 

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