Amy Winehouse has axed the remaining dates on her scheduled summer tour of Europe following a disastrous comeback performance in Serbia over weekend, during which the five-time Grammy winner was booed and jeered as she wandered around stage in a drunken stupor.
She initially pulled out of two festival shows, but decided to axe all dates and focus on conquering her ongoing addiction to drugs and alcohol, her rep says. Amy, 27, has had a long battle with substance abuse, which has at times overshadowed her career. Just three weeks ago, she spent a week at the Priory clinic in south west London detoxing in preparation for the tour.
“Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” says Winehouse’s manager Ray Cosbert, who has reportedly ordered the star to take a substantial amount of time out from the spotlight to address her personal problems.
“It has been hard for Ray to watch her get into trouble over the years. There’s only so much he can do – but enough’s enough. She’s going away and this time it could be for years,” a source tells British tabloid The Sun.
The charttopping singer of hits including “Rehab” and “Love is a Losing Game” had been due to perform a series of European dates, including Turkey, Greece, and Bilbao on July 8. The tour had been scheduled to wrap up on in Portugal on Aug. 4.