Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, admitted that he made mistakes during their relationship but no longer feels solely to blame for what happened.
During an interview on Good Morning Britain, Fielder-Civil, who is now 41 years old, talked about his time with Winehouse and how people still hold him responsible for her passing on what would have been her 40th birthday.
“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to talk today. Yes, people do blame me for it. And that’s okay. I can’t change how others see it,” he said.
He added, “But personally, I’ve needed to stop feeling all the guilt by myself. I’ve carried that burden alone for over ten years. Honestly, I think I’m the only one in that story who has admitted to making serious mistakes.”
When asked to explain those “mistakes,” Fielder-Civil said, “I was a person in my twenties dealing with addiction. So, I had no idea how to get clean, let alone help someone else who was an important part of the music industry. There were people who wanted Amy to keep performing.”
Host Ben Shephard pointed out that Winehouse was “very fragile” and had a “sensitive spirit,” to which Fielder-Civil replied, “Yes, she was. I think her vulnerability is what people connected with in her music and songwriting.”
Fielder-Civil and Winehouse had a troubled marriage that lasted from 2007 to 2009.
Over the years, many have continued to blame him for encouraging her addiction and introducing her to harmful substances that eventually led to her death at the age of 27 in July 2011. In a 2018 interview with Good Morning Britain, Fielder-Civil mentioned that the narrative about their drug use was not accurate.
“The drug issue has been linked to me for a long time. The truth is that Amy and I only used drugs together for maybe six months of our marriage. That’s it. And before that, Amy didn’t use drugs. She smoked cannabis, and I tried heroin maybe four or five times,” he stated back then.
He went on to say, “People don’t realize that Amy didn’t do anything she didn’t want to do.”
At that time, he said, “I’ll always feel guilty because I should have taken action.”
Fielder-Civil now has two children, Lola Jade and Jack.