The father-in-law of singer Amy Winehouse said yesterday that fans should stop buying her records to force her to seek help for drug addiction.


Giles Fielder-Civil said Winehouse and his son, Blake Fielder-Civil, were in “abject denial” about their problems. He said he believed the couple had used cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

“I think they believe they are recreational users of drugs and they are in control,” Fielder-Civil told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. “Clearly they are addicts.”

He said fans should send a message “that her addiction and her behaviour are not acceptable.”

“Perhaps it is time to stop buying records,” Fielder-Civil said. “It’s a possibility, to send that message.”

Winehouse, 23, has built her reputation on a soulful voice and a hard-partying image. Her most recent album, Back to Black, topped the British charts and produced the hit single Rehab.