Amy Winehouse poses in unseen snaps as a child


Unseen snaps of Amy Winehouse as a child and with her mother Janis have been revealed ahead of the upcoming documentary Reclaiming Amy about her life. 

The late singer looked sweet in the family picture as she sat in a garden chair with huge sunglasses on while in another polaroid image a fresh-face Amy cuddled up to her mum, now 66, as they both posed for the camera. 

It comes as Janis recalled the final words she said to her daughter on Thursday while her step-dad broke down in tears as they discussed her ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death on Lorraine. 

Throwback: Unseen snaps of Amy Winehouse as a child and with her mother Janis have been revealed ahead of the upcoming documentary Reclaiming Amy about her life

In July 2011, Amy passed away following a vodka binge alone in her bedroom, where she was found by her security guard. Despite years of drug abuse, she was clean at the time of her death.

The singer’s life and struggles will be examined in the BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy. 

The new intimate snaps also feature several when she was just a teenager, as she poses at parties and on family holidays. 

Family: In another polaroid image a fresh-face Amy cuddled up to her mum, now 66, as they both posed for the camera.

Family: In another polaroid image a fresh-face Amy cuddled up to her mum, now 66, as they both posed for the camera.

Beauty: The new intimate snaps also feature several when she was just a teenager, as she poses at parties and on family holidays

Beauty: The new intimate snaps also feature several when she was just a teenager, as she poses at parties and on family holidays

Janis shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad broke down in tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday’s Lorraine.  

Speaking in an exclusive interview, the grieving pair recalled their memories of Amy and told how they had tried to help her through her addictions, but insisted that ‘Amy did what Amy wanted to do’.

During the chat, Janis sadly remembered the last words she said to her daughter before her tragic death.

She said: ‘I remember exactly. I said to her, “Amy I love you’”and she said, “I love you too mummy.” 

‘But that’s how we were and I could express my love to her, always. She was very protective of me.’

Sad: It comes as Amy's mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad broke down in tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday's Lorraine

Sad: It comes as Amy’s mother shared the heartbreaking final words to her daughter while her step-dad broke down in tears over her passing as they discussed the late singer on Thursday’s Lorraine

Meanwhile, things took a very emotional turn as Richard recounted the agonising moment he was forced to tell his wife that her daughter had died.

He explained: ‘It was the worst day of my life. I got the phone call to say that Amy had gone. It was actually her cousin, Martin that phoned. 

‘I said, “Don’t be silly, we were with her yesterday.” And he said, “No, I’m being absolutely serious.”

‘And then I had to tell Janis. I said, “Janis, I don’t know what to say, she’s gone.” She looked at me and she thought I was talking about my mum, because my mum died a month after Amy – my mum was seriously ill.’

Breaking down in tears at the memory, he went on: ‘She [Janis] said, “It’s just your mum” and I said, “No, no. Your baby, she’s really gone.” And Jan just stood there.’

Grief: Janis and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death

Grief: Janis and her husband Richard Collins spoke with Lorraine Kelly in the studio about the upcoming BBC2 documentary Reclaiming Amy ahead of the 10th anniversary of her death 

Janis then went on to tell of her shock at the heart-breaking news, telling Lorraine: ‘It took time for me, disbelief.’     

In the film, the star’s mother Janis will tell the story of one of the UK’s greatest musical icons through new parts of her life that the public have never heard about.

Janis said: ‘I don’t feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy.’

She says in the documentary: ‘You think you know my daughter. The drugs, the drink, the addiction, the destructive relationships. But there was so much more.’ 

The past: In the film, the star's mother Janis will tell the story of one of the UK's greatest musical icons through new parts of her life that the public have never heard about (pictured together on holiday)

The past: In the film, the star’s mother Janis will tell the story of one of the UK’s greatest musical icons through new parts of her life that the public have never heard about (pictured together on holiday)

Radiant: In July 2011, Amy passed away following a vodka binge alone in her bedroom, where she was found by her security guard (pictured as a teenager)

Stunning: In another image Amy beamed at the camera as she wore a white jumper and had a red flower in her hair

Radiant: In July 2011, Amy passed away following a vodka binge alone in her bedroom, where she was found by her security guard (pictured as a teenager) 

Amy’s parents Janis and Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation following her death.

They created the charity in honour of the late singer on what would have been her 28th birthday on the 14 September 2011. 

Amy soared to fame upon the release of Frank in 2003, as she gained both critical and commercial success with the debut as her jazz-inspired vocals won fans all over before her second album Back To Black’s introduction three years later.

Singer: In another shot Amy posed for a photoshoot with her iconic beehive hairstyle

Singer: In another shot Amy posed for a photoshoot with her iconic beehive hairstyle

Night life: Amy leaves The Hawley Arms Pub in a white vest top and pink bra in another picture that will be shown in the documentary

Night life: Amy leaves The Hawley Arms Pub in a white vest top and pink bra in another picture that will be shown in the documentary

Sad: The London-born icon's dazzling career was plighted by her demons after she fell into the clutches of drink and drug addiction

Troouble: As she ascended higher on the fame ladder she discovered her demons - in drink, drugs and also eating disorders, which her brother Alex insists contributed to her death

Sad: The London-born icon’s dazzling career was plighted by her demons after she fell into the clutches of drink and drug addiction

In a heartbreaking turn of fate, the London-born icon’s dazzling career was plighted by her demons after she fell into the clutches of drink and drug addiction.

As she ascended higher on the fame ladder she discovered her demons – in drink, drugs and also eating disorders, which her brother Alex insists contributed to her death.

In 2011, an inquest gave a verdict of misadventure after finding that she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood. A second inquest in 2013 confirmed that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

This is more than five times the legal drink-drive limit and enough to cause her to become comatose and depress her respiratory system. 

Elsewhere on Janis and Richard’s interview on Lorraine, the pair opened up about trying to help Amy battle her demons, but there was only so much they could do as Janis suffers with Multiple sclerosis (MS).

Janis explained: ‘I was limited by what I could do. I live with it. I’m very good, I’ve got it… and? I’m very nonplussed about it.’ 

Richard then shared: ‘She [Amy] did try, it’s a misrepresentation. The family bent over backwards, but what people seem to forget is that she was a married woman, she was 27, she was living independently, she was wealthy. 

‘People tried to help her, from her management to Mitch to Janis, the family.’

We tried: Elsewhere on Janis and Richard's interview on Lorraine, the pair opened up about trying to help Amy battle her demons, but there was only so much they could do as Janis suffers with Multiple sclerosis (MS)

We tried: Elsewhere on Janis and Richard’s interview on Lorraine, the pair opened up about trying to help Amy battle her demons, but there was only so much they could do as Janis suffers with Multiple sclerosis (MS)

He added: ‘Amy did what Amy wanted to do and that was the bottom line of it. People think she was a very weak character, but she wasn’t. Far from it. She was very, very strong.’ 

Going on to discussed the foundation set up in the Rehab singer’s memory, Richard said: ‘That’s very, very important to the family. Mitch, his wife Jane – who’s our CEO – work so hard. Unfortunately, because of Janis’ condition we can’t be as involved in it as we’d like…

‘I think we’ve reached out on our drug resilience programme to over 200,000 children around the country with reformed addicts going into schools rather than the policeman or the local teacher. [They say] “This is what happened to me.” The intervention, it’s wonderful.’

While Janis added: ‘It’s done so much good for people. And that’s what it’s about.’ 

Reclaiming Amy airs on BBC Two at 9pm on Friday 23rd July  

For confidential help and support call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org 

Her story: Reclaiming Amy airs on BBC Two at 9pm on Friday 23rd July. Pictured is her mother Janis speaking on the show

Remembering: Amy's parents Janis and Mitch (pictured) set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation following her death

Her story: Reclaiming Amy airs on BBC Two at 9pm on Friday 23rd July. Pictured is her mother Janis speaking on the show

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