British comedian Russell Brand knew late singer Amy Winehouse for years, and says he’ll always remember her as “sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable.”
Brand, who posted a touching message on his website Sunday about the friend he simply called “Winehouse,” said they “shared an affliction, the disease of addiction,” reports USA Today.
“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new,” he wrote. “Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.”
The soulful 27-year-old singer, who won five Grammys in 2008 for her hit album “Back to Black,” was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday.
Brand, 36, a recovering addict himself, said he knows all too well the lifestyle Winehouse lived and recalled how they first met years ago in Camden, England.
“I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction,” Brand wrote.
Brand said that he always knew then that the “Rehab” singer was going to be a star.
“She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, … who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a (expletive) genius”
Now eight years sober, Brand said he hopes this incident helps change “the way we view this condition.”
“Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today,” Brand wrote. “We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent … All we can do is adapt the way we view [addiction], not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill.”
Katy Perry has filed a lawsuit against an Australian magazine for putting her marriage in jeopardy by claiming she had an affair with a record producer. NW magazine published an article last month, alleging the “Fireworks” singer had an intimate relationship with producer Benny Blanco.
The article claimed that Perry had an affair with Blanco after she exchanged I Do’s with British comedian Russell Brand.
The 26-year-old singer launched the suit at the Victoria Supreme Court against the magazine’s publisher, ACP Magazines, saying the article was entirely invented.
Her writ, obtained by the Daily Mail, reads: “By reason of the publication of the article, the plaintiff (Perry) has been gravely injured in her reputation and feelings (and) has suffered distress, embarrassment and humiliation.”
She cited several inaccuracies in the report, including quoting a “friend” named Angela Summers and another source called Marlon David. Perry says she doesn’t know those persons.
She alleged NW did not check the story with her and it refused to apologize “although it was clearly inaccurate.”
Perry is seeking damages and aggravated damages.
Russell Brand has stopped making religious jokes because they upset his wife Katy Perry. The ‘Firework’ singer ‘ who married the British comedian in India last year ‘ is the daughter of Christian ministers Keith and Mary Hudson and says her spouse is now respectful of her faith in his humour. She said: “Russell has made very blasphemous jokes in the past, but he’s making fewer all the time because he knows that I am very sensitive about this subject.’Katy, 26, also criticised Madonna for staging a mock crucifixion on stage for her ‘Confessions’ world tour in 2006 and admitted she can’t understand why it seems to be acceptable to poke fun at Christianity. She added: “You can be frivolous and fun without needing to get involved in that. And I don’t know why that only happens to the Christian religion. I don’t see people simulating sex with statues of Buddha, for example.”For me, spirituality is something very important and I don’t like it when people take it lightl. At times, I don’t understand why there are artists who play that card, like when Madonna gets up on a cross to sing.”
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