During an appearance on the ITV talk show Loose Women, Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse demurred at Paul McCartney’s comments from earlier this week in which the former Beatle regretted not helping the late singer with her addiction. As Mitch explained, McCartney’s help wouldn’t have been the magic solution to Winehouse’s problems, according to a story in the Daily Mail.
Friday would have been Winehouse’s 35th birthday, providing the reason for Mitch’s TV interview. “What would he have done?” Mitch asked. “It’s up to the person in recovery and they have to want to get help.” Though Mitch softened his remarks and accepted McCartney’s good intentions, he emphasized that a single do-gooder is not enough to curb addiction. “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?” Mitch questioned.
In a GQ cover story this week, McCartney expressed sorrow that he hadn’t done more to support Winehouse when they met in 2008, wishing that he had said “something that broke through the despair.”
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