Amy Winehouse's music and her unique, soulful voice catapulted her to superstardom in the U.S. and U.K. alike. And while the latter part of her life was troubled with bouts of substance abuse, it was the Grammy winner's raw talent that her fans have cherished most as they've paid tribute to her legacy.The Back to Black singer, who was found dead in her London flat Saturday, talked to E! News back in 2007 about her music and a particular time when loved ones urged her to go to rehab.
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"I don't write songs 'cause I think it would be a cool idea or because I want to be seen or 'cause I want to be famous," Winehouse said. "I write songs about things that I've got in my life that I have trouble with and trouble getting past. I had a bad breakup, and it was important to me to have something good come out of something bad."
And Winehouse also discussed her reaction to getting a request to seek professional help.
"They were managing me at the time, but I wasn't working a lot, so we weren't seeing each other a lot and I think they just heard stories that I was just rolling home drunk every night and they just came to see me at my dad's house and said, 'We think you should go into, like, a rehab place,' and I'm like 'I've never even seen you. You think you can just march in and go like we've got a van waiting for you outside?' I was like, 'No, it's not really like that.' So yeah, that's quite funny."
But even with the rehab stints that Winehouse later became notorious for, the candid Brit had a deep love for her music and a respect for the people that loved it just as much as she did.
"I really like my records," Winehouse continued. "I'm really proud of it. If 10 other people like it, I'm happy."
Following news of her death, Winehouse's album, Back to Black, shot to No. 1 on iTunes.