01/20/2009 AT 7:45 AM ET
Amy Winehouse came “close to death” twice during her worst moments, says her father.
Detailing his daughter’s lowest points for the upcoming TV documentary Saving Amy, Mitch Winehouse says that while the media have been reveling in her downfall, “They didn’t see her lying in bed for days in a dark room,” he is quoted in Hello! magazine.
“She was close to death twice. We have been working a lot to get her to where she is right now,” said the elder Winehouse, who now claims his daughter is drug-free.
Amy’s mother, Janis, also appears in Saving Amy – and is highly critical of Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who announced last week he is divorcing the singer after seeing photos of her with hunky rugby player Josh Bowman.
Monday brought tabloid reports that Amy Winehouse, 25, has moved from Bowman on to another man at the St. Lucia resort where she is vacationing.
Mitch Winehouse is quoted in Hello! as saying about Fielder-Civil’s intention to divorce: “I had to call Amy before she heard about it from someone else. She asked me, ‘Daddy, why does he want to divorce me?’ I said, ‘You know I don’t like him, but I have to admit that your behavior with another man is not what marriage is all about.’ ”