Amy Winehouse and Barbara Windsor used to recreate the old EastEnders scripts when Winehouse briefly escaped from rehab, the late singer’s best friend has claimed.
Musician Tyler James has revealed in his upcoming biography My Amy: Memories of Amy Winehouse that Winehouse and Windsor had secret encounters and were good friends.
“When he met Barbara it was like he became a new babysitter for her,” James told The Sun. “Amy was in and out of private hospitals to be treated for her addiction to alcohol, but it was easy to slip away and Barbara lived around the corner.”
He claimed that Windsor indulged Winehouse’s wishes to pull out old scripts and perform scenes together. Winehouse would always play Windsor’s character on EastEnders, Peggy Mitchell, while Windsor would play Pat Butcher, James said.
“Amy being Amy, with her accents and impressions, she jumped right in. There was a good connection between them. When we left, Barbara would always tell me, ‘Take care of her, Tyler.’ It was a comforting place for her.”
He added: “Amy always gave her a big hug when she saw her [a Windsor]. You could see images of Amy looking out of her mind, but when she was with Barbara, her education and manners for someone older were shown. “
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at age 27.
The BBC commemorates the 10th anniversary of his death with a series of programs celebrating his life and career.
Winehouse’s mother Janis recently opened up about recounting the late singer’s life in a new BBC documentary, Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On.
According to the BBC, Janis was motivated to tell Winehouse’s story in the film because her fight with multiple sclerosis “threatens to strip her of her memories” of the singer. Memory problems are believed to be common among those with this debilitating neurological disease.
Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On will air on BBC Two later this summer. James’ new book goes on sale tomorrow (June 8).