The late Amy Winehouse was reportedly in the process of adopting a 10-year-old St. Lucian girl, Dannika Augustine, when the singer suddenly passed away, according to The Mirror, but it’s apparently not so.
Amy’s rep set the record straight, saying, “There’s no truth to it. I think [Amy] might have met her in St. Lucia, but she was in no way about to adopt her.”
Though her father claimed his daughter was clean and sober at the time of her death, Winehouse still had her share of problems that would’ve raised many red flags for the adoption board. The Mirror claimed Winehouse’s camp had already hired lawyers and booked a flight to St. Lucia – where the singer spent a lot of time.
During her stay on the island, the 27-year-old befriended Dannika, whom she met in 2009 through the 10-year-old’s grandmother, Marjorie Lambert, who runs a beach bar. Dannika is not an orphan – she has a mother and grandmother, but her mother reportedly was willing to give her up for adoption because she struggled to provide for her family and did not have a job.
“Amy was already my mother,” the child told the paper. “I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me.
“She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
- Winehouse Rep: Amy Was NOT Going to Adopt (tmz.com)
- Was Amy Winehouse Planning To Adopt? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Amy Winehouse: In Process of Adopting 10-Year-Old St. Lucia Girl (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Was Amy Winehouse Adopting a Child Before Her Death? (inquisitr.com)