Amy Winehouse kept alcohol addiction hidden from mum

Updated: Nov 04, 2011, 16:38 PM IST

London: Tragic singer Amy Winehouse was so ashamed of her alcohol addiction that she refused to drink in front of her mother Janis Winehouse.

"She never drank in front of me. She loved and respected her family too much for that," the Sun quoted Janis as saying.

When Amy died at her London home in July, she was five times over the drink-drive limit. "I think Amy felt she was invincible," Janis added.

"Alcohol addiction seemed to creep up on her and then just took her by surprise. She could go for weeks without a drink but then she’d fall off the wagon," she added.

Janis, 56, who is divorced from Amy’s dad Mitch, saw her the day before she died. "She didn’t seem drunk or tipsy - she was normal and coherent," Janis said.

"There was absolutely nothing which left me worried about her. I had no inkling that I would never see her again," she added.