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Amy Winehouse’s family are said to feel “betrayed” following the release of a tell-all book by the singer’s best friend as they prepare a documentary tribute to her life, according to reports.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Amy’s death, who tragically died aged 27 in 2011.
Amy’s family had planned to mark the tenth anniversary of the singer’s death with a documentary and are reported to feel “betrayed” by the “off the mark” claims made by the singer’s theatre school friend.
Tyler James was a close friend of Amy’s as the pair attended theatre school together from the age of 12 and stayed close friends until Amy’s death.
Tyler has written a tell-all book entitled “My Amy: The Life We Shared” that was published last week. According to reports in The Sun, Amy’s parents, Janis and Mitch, are said to feel the memoir is “off the mark” and the family believed Tyler would never have tried to cash in on the singer’s fame.
The book references an incident two years before the singer died, where actress Sheridan Smith is said to have helped save Amy’s life.
The Sun reported that a source revealed, “Tyler had been close since his early teens and they considered him one of their own. But they weren’t told or consulted about this book."
The source continued, “After all the financial support that Amy and her family gave Tyler, to hear these claims from him has left a bad taste in the mouth.”
In the book, Tyler claims he was Amy’s only friend who hadn’t been paid to be with the singer towards the end of her life and there wasn’t a mention of other friends of the star or fiancé Reg Traviss, which is understood to have upset the star’s family.
The book goes on to reveal that Tyler felt he was the only person in the star’s life that was trying to help her beat her demons which is just one of the revelations that has left Amy’s family feeling betrayed by Tyler.
Tyler’s book suggests many in her life were trying to exploit her while he was there trying to help her. The source told The Sun that her family feel, “key people in Amy’s life were just left out the book”.
The fact that Tyler did not consult Amy’s family when writing this book is said to be a blow to her parents and they strongly dispute many of the claims the singer’s friend has chosen to make in the book.
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