New information about the final days leading up to the death of Amy Winehouse was just revealed.
Amy’s ‘only friend’ is speaking out about their history together, how he tried to get her sober and their final argument before her death.
The raspy, jazzy powerhouse that was Winehouse has been memorialized in many ways since her death in 2011. Books, documentaries and statues all serve as a reminder of how talented and gifted she truly was.
Unfortunately, Winehouse struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse for years with alcohol ultimately taking her life in July 2011.
She was found dead in her bed at the age of 27 with the cause of death documented as alcohol poisoning.
Now, nearly a decade later, Tyler James, Amy’s ‘only friend,’ is opening up about his tight-knit relationship with the singer.
James sat down with the hosts of UK’s “This Morning” on Wednesday, June 9 to promote his new book, “My Amy: The Life We Shared.”
He describes Amy as “the most amazing person I’ve ever known in my life.” James refers to her as his “everything” and “my world.”
The friends met when they were teenagers, Amy was 12 and James was 13. The two would grow up together and eventually live together during her fame, which he notes she hated.
James, who suffers from anxiety and depression, said the singer always encouraged him to write stuff down. This friendly tip eventually led to the creation of his book, ‘My Amy.’
He revealed the book has been four years in the making and includes 17-18 years of memories with the “Rehab” singer.
The first day he started writing the book was the day she passed.
He details arriving to their apartment to find EMTs, police cars and “mass chaos” surrounding the area.
During his appearance on “This Morning,” he also dove into the last argument he had with Amy, which centered around her alcohol abuse.
Jame is a recovering alcoholic and admitted to drinking two bottles of vodka every day at the time.
While discussing her drinking patterns, James said, “She’d be sober for five weeks and then she’d relapse for three days, and she looked up to me because in her eyes I was the worst alcoholic in the world.”
Because James couldn’t get Amy to stop relapsing, he tried a new tactic.
“Whenever she relapsed, I’d leave because I was worried she would think I was supporting that. So I’d leave, and within two or three days, she would say, ‘Tyler, come home,’ and I would come back,” he revealed.
He continued, “I had a massive argument with her because there were letters from the doctor saying if she drank any more, she’d die,” with James noting that she did not touch drugs, just alcohol, the last three years of her life.
James admitted that it’s still impossible for him to listen to her music, “I hope I’ll be able to one day, but if you love someone… I still miss her; it still hurts and if you hear her voice she comes to life.”
James has been sober for 13 years.