Amy Winehouse was an adult child of two narcissistic parents.
I've googled and explored for months and now I'm sure. Here's one of many articles that show how narcissistic and bizarre her childhood was. In her mother's account:
"Amy spent just three years at Sylvia Young's before she was asked to leave. Janis says: "The principal phoned up and asked me to come in and see him. He said, 'I think you should take her away.'
"He didn't want children who weren't going to get good grades and Amy wasn't going to. She was very bright but she was always messing around.
"The same day, I had to take the family cat Katie to the vet. I dropped off the cat, went to the school and then went back to the vet's. We had the cat put down. My joke is I should have had Amy put down and the cat moved on."
Yes, the typical malignant narcissist humor concerning their children.
See this forum discussion on the topic.
Amy was so starved for love, so profoundly sad, so angry, but she never once rebelled against her parents. She adored her narcissistic father Mitch (who only really reappeared when she became a celebrity and is now launching a singing career of his own) and her mother reports she said "I love you" to her the last time they met (this was somehow the most important thing to be said to reporters after her death).
She was so happy to finally get "love" and "attention" from them. But it wasn't real. It couldn't fill the black hole. Nothing can.
In a way, I admire the sincere and absolute self-destructive angst.
I've loved loved loved her from the moment I first heard her. This is my explanation of "why".
I love other sincerely self-destructive voices who speak up against their parents' perfect worlds, if not against their parents themselves, like Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.
It's not THE right way out, I know. I just really really really relate to the self-destructive dark stuff.
That's where I started out as a teen. That's where I hid my rebellion. Dark religions, dark clothes, dark literature, dark music. Your fake shiny sparkly world is a lie. I'd rather drink myself to death.