Amy Winehouse wasn't adopting 10-year-old girl, rep says
Amy Winehouse may indeed have crossed paths with Dannika Augustine in St. Lucia, but, contrary to reports out Sunday, a rep said she was not in the process of adopting the 10-year-old girl.
Winehouse apparently hooked up with Dannika in 2009 through the girl's grandmother, who runs a beach bar on the Caribbean island where the singer spent a lot of time in the last few years of her life, the Mirror reported Sunday. The story was accompanied by pictures of Amy and the girl hugging and walking together, plus a "confirmation" from the grandparents that the adoption process was underway.
Alas, "There's no truth to it," a Winehouse rep told Gossip Cop on Sunday.
Marjorie Lambert, the girl's 57-year-old grandma, had been quoted as saying, "Amy wanted to have a child so bad. If she had not died, there is no doubt she would be here in St. Lucia completing the adoption process. There is no way she would have done what she did to herself if Dannika was with her."
Winehouse was found dead in bed at her north London home July 23.
Lambert's implication that Winehouse overdosed or killed herself directly contradicts the opinion of the singer's family. Though results of toxicology and other tests are still pending, sources in the Winehouse camp told the Sun on Thursday they believed cold-turkey withdrawal from alcohol was behind the 27-year-old's recent death.
Dannika reportedly said she was looking forward to living with Winehouse in London, and that she "would call her mum and [Amy] would call me her daughter." Dannika's parents, who allegedly were OK with the idea of giving up their daughter to the wealthy but not-so-stable performer, split shortly after the girl was born. The father is jobless in Germany, and Mom raises the girl in poverty on the island, the paper said.
Lambert told the Mirror she was convinced that if Winehouse had stayed on the island she would still be alive.
"Amy always wanted to drink," the grandmother was quoted as saying, "but I would not let her drink before she had something to eat."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Amy Winehouse performs in Brazil in January 2011. Credit: Nabor Goulart / Associated Press