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Prince offered to help Amy Winehouse escape from her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, after the latter “stole” money from the “Purple Rain” singer’s dressing room, according to a new book.
In September 2007, Winehouse was invited to join Prince on the last night of his 21-night residency at London’s 02 Arena to duet on her song “Love is a Losing Game.”
Videographer, Phil Griffin, who had just begun working with Prince, organized their meeting, as recalled by Tyler James — who was an old friend of Winehouse’s — in his upcoming book, “My Amy: The Life We Shared.”
James writes that Prince and Winehouse performed the song to cheering crowds and then went into Prince’s dressing room, where the “Valerie” singer announced that Fielder-Civil was joining them.
Fielder-Civil has admitted to introducing his then-wife to heroin and crack cocaine.
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“And now with Blake there, the whole atmosphere changed,” James writes. “Blake was paranoid, itchy, going into Prince’s toilet to do drugs. Everything switched to edgy. There was cash in the dressing room, just lying there, out in the open on the makeup table. No one was paying attention to it.”
After the show, James was in a car with the couple when “Blake made a joke about taking the money from the dressing room. It was hundreds of pounds. He’d stolen Prince’s money. I was mortified,” James writes.
“Amy brushed it off. I knew she knew it was wrong, but in front of him, she laughed about it, because she felt awkward … It turned out Blake stole some of Prince’s hairbrushes, too.”
The next morning James received a call from Griffin.