As Amy Winehouse continues to recuperate from her hospital visit last week — which her representatives insist was due to exhaustion but some media sources claim was a drug overdose — she has canceled another festival appearance.
After pulling out of shows in Norway and Denmark last week and two scheduled opening slots for the Rolling Stones this week, a spokesperson said Thursday that Winehouse has pulled the plug on her Saturday and Sunday slots at the V Festival this weekend in England.
“Amy Winehouse is putting all her touring commitments for this month on hold until further notice in order to address her health issues,” read a statement from spokeswoman Tracey Miller. “Amy will now not be performing at this weekend’s V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire. Her family has requested that the media respect Amy’s privacy at this time. There will be no further comment.”
Miller, who said at the time that Winehouse’s trip to the emergency room at the University College London Hospital on August 8 was due to exhaustion, denied that the 23-year-old singer has checked into a rehabilitation facility, as has been widely reported in the British tabloids.
BBC News reported on Friday (August 17) that Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were trailed by 30 photographers on Thursday night as they visited three bars in their home base, the Camden area of London. Fielder-Civil reportedly told reporters that the pair were out for a bit before returning to a “retreat.”
“We only came back to get a guitar, but of course in the paper that’s interpreted that me and Amy are both so weak we left after three days,” he reportedly told BBC Radio 1. When asked if the rampant reports of drug abuse in the British tabloids over the past week were true, Winehouse said, “I wouldn’t say so, no.”
Fielder-Civil also told reporters that stories chronicling Winehouse’s alleged problems with heroin and cocaine have been blown out of proportion. “I wouldn’t believe it, no,” he told the BBC. “I would say there are a few problems there, but certainly not the magnitude that my mum was falsely quoted as saying. … The main thing is that me and Amy are getting better. Don’t worry, she’s being looked after. … We’re going back to this retreat. She’s determined to get well. It’s not as bad as everyone thinks but she’s fine, she’s loved and looked after.”
Miller said Winehouse continues to be on bed rest on doctor’s orders and, as of press time, was still expected to honor her commitment to a string of U.S. tour dates with opening act Paolo Nutini slated to kick off on September 12 with a gig in New York’s Central Park.
She said Winehouse is also still planning to attend and perform at MTV’s Video Music Awards on September 9 in Las Vegas, where she is nominated for three awards, including Video of the Year for “Rehab,” Best New Artist and Female Artist of the Year (see “MTV VMA Race Is On: Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Lead Nominations” ).
[This story was originally published at 3:22 pm E.T. on 8.16.2006]