In a not-so-surprising turn of events, Amy Winehouse has scrapped all her previously scheduled concerts and other public appearances for the remainder of the year, according to a statement from the singer’s publicist. The embattled songstress nixed her plans on the advice of her doctor, who ordered her to take complete rest, according to the statement. All of Winehouse’s upcoming European gigs have been called off, with ticket refunds being offered to fans.
“I can’t give it my all onstage without my [husband] Blake,” the statement read. “I’m so sorry, but I don’t want to do the shows half-heartedly; I love singing. My husband is everything to me and without him it’s just not the same.”
Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was arrested in the U.K. earlier this month and formally charged with one count of “attempting to pervert the court of justice,” or the U.S. equivalent of obstruction of justice. The 25-year-old Fielder-Civil was arrested over an alleged $400,000 plot to fix a trial after police raided his and Winehouse’s London home.
“The rigors involved in touring and the intense emotional strain that Amy has been under in recent weeks” also contributed to the singer’s decision to take a break after a long, controversial year, according to a statement issued to the BBC by concert promoter Live Nation. The news also comes on the heels of recent, unsubstantiated reports that Winehouse was seen doing drugs onstage at a recent show, with a video that was widely circulated online stoking the rumors.
“In the interests of her health and well-being, Amy has been ordered to take complete rest and deal with her health issues,” the statement continued.
A spokesperson for Live Nation told the BBC there were no plans to reschedule the nixed gigs and that fans should return their tickets to the outlet where they had purchased them for a full refund. Winehouse was scheduled to play Bournemouth on Tuesday (November 27) and Cardiff on Wednesday, with additional performances due in December in Ireland, Manchester and London.
Over the course of the last year, Winehouse’s has become a household name, both because of her breakout album, 2006’s Back to Black, and because of her brushes with the law. In October, she was fined after it was discovered she had marijuana in her hotel room in the Norwegian city of Bergen. She also called off a previous series of shows and appearances, which reportedly allowed the singer to seek treatment for drug addiction.
Recent Winehouse performances have not been well-received, according to reports, with some shows drawing boos from those in attendance. Over the weekend, Winehouse arrived 45 minutes late to a gig at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, with the crowd voicing its discontent before she even made it onstage, according to the BBC. Halfway through her set, a seemingly bored Winehouse reportedly walked offstage, leaving a backing singer to step forward and take control of lead-vocal duties. Winehouse looked unstable throughout the set, and at one point her beehive-hair extension nearly fell off, according to reports.
Earlier this month, during what was her first concert since Fielder-Civil’s arrest, Winehouse was reportedly crying, and “streams” of people walked out before the end, the BBC reported. In response to the chorus of boos that heckled her, Winehouse warned, “To them people booing, wait till my husband gets out of incarceration. And I mean that.”