Just days after grainy video footage surfaced online purportedly showing Grammy-nominated songstress Amy Winehouse inhaling smoke from what appeared to be a crack pipe, it seems Winehouse has committed herself to treatment.
A press release from the Outside Organization, which handles publicity for Winehouse in the U.K., says that “Winehouse’s planned appearance at the NRJ Awards in France on Saturday” has been canceled “as the artist has entered a rehabilitation clinic.”
The release says Winehouse decided to enter the facility on Thursday (January 24) “after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors. She has come to understand that she requires specialist treatment to continue her ongoing recovery from drug addiction and prepare for her planned appearance at the Grammy Awards.” Winehouse has been nominated for six Grammys , including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rehab” and Best Album for Back to Black.
Winehouse’s U.S. publicist could not be reached for comment.
According to Outside, “Amy entered the facility by mutual agreement and continues to receive the full support of all concerned. Amy is the most talented and important musical artist of her generation and has made huge strides on her road to recovery. Universal Music Group wants nothing more than to see her take the time she needs to come back to full health and fulfill her incredible potential with the label.
“The label has always had the best interests of Amy at heart and has been guided by her family and doctors in the last few months as to the best direction to take,” the release continued. “All concerned feel that Amy must put her health before all other considerations and will be by her side whenever and wherever they are needed.”
The news is just the most recent development in what’s been a spate of bad publicity for the embattled artist, and it comes on the heels of a breakout year for Winehouse. Over the course of the last year, Winehouse has become a household name — not only because of Back to Black’s successes, but also due to her brushes with the law.
In October, she was fined after marijuana was found in her hotel room in the Norwegian city of Bergen. She also called off a series of shows and appearances , which reportedly allowed the singer to seek treatment for drug addiction.
On December 18, Winehouse was arrested for questioning in connection with a court case in which her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was charged with perverting the course of justice following a bar fight. She voluntarily went to a police station in East London at a prearranged time and was released with no charges. Fielder-Civil is currently in prison as he awaits the start of his trial.