Mitch Winehouse, the father of fallen singer Amy Winehouse, blames her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil for introducing her to hard drugs, which eventually led to the singer's death.
"He wasn't responsible for her death, but he says that he was to blame," the 60-year-old musician told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "He introduced her to Class A drugs and he said that she took to it like a duck to water."
"It's not a great thing for a husband to say about his wife," Winehouse declares. "He also said he ruined something beautiful, so these are not my words. These are his words."
In a new memoir, Amy, My Daughter, out Tuesday, Mitch also said that her breakthrough album Back to Black took a toll on the singer emotionally.
"The songs that she was singing -- 'Back to Black,' 'Rehab,'Tears Dry on Their Own,' 'Some Unholy War' -- they were about somebody else who she was in love with. It was a dark period in her life," Mitch explained. "To sing those songs she's got to revisit those songs, and it was tough for her."
He also described what inspired her hit single "Rehab," where the singer croons "no, no, no" to treatment. Mitch recalled that Amy was only drinking after a painful breakup with a boyfriend, and she never drank to that extent afterward. Mitch said that after she sought counsel at a treatment center, she told him, "I've got to be there for 70 days, Dad."
"And in the song, she writes, 'I haven't got 70 days.' So she turned that into a song," says Winehouse.
Amy Winehouse died last July at age 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning, although her father says she was on the road to sobriety.
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