A startling new report claims that before she died, Amy Winehouse was planning to adopt a child. The U.K.’s Mirror reported the tragic singer formed a bond with a 10-year-old girl on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where she took an extended escape from London in 2009, and had already hired lawyers to handle the process when she died suddenly in July.
Dannika Augustine told the paper, “Amy was already my mother. I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me. She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
The girl’s father, now based in Germany, said the singer called to ask his permission to adopt her.
“Obviously it was difficult for me, because living in Germany, I miss Dannika very much,” Vic Augustine said. “But my mother had told me about Amy and I knew she could give my daughter a wonderful life. I said if my mum thought it was a good idea, then it was OK with me. I also spoke to Dannika’s mother and she said she would agree to it.”
“She was serious about it,” Vic said of Amy adopting his daughter. “When we heard she died, we were so shocked, and poor Dannika is so upset.”
Of all the rumors we’ve heard about Amy since her passing, this might be the most surprising. Was she really prepared to care for a child?
Crystal Harris has expressed her regrets for saying Hugh Hefner was a less-than-studly lover.
After telling Howard Stern their act of intimacy took “like two seconds,” the Playboy-magazine-bunny-turned-runaway-bride whined via Twitter, “The Stern interview scared me, he’s harsh. I was unprepared and blurted out things I shouldn’t have said, I’m sorry.”
Hef himself was gracious about the incident, tweeting, “I don’t blame Howard. Crystal shouldn’t have been booked on the show at this sensitive time.”
Huh? She seems pretty insensitive to us.
There comes a time when every parent has to sit the kids down and explain certain facts of life, no matter how awkward the conversation is. For Denise Richards, that conversation entailed explaining to her daughters why Daddy thinks he has tiger blood.
The actress told the “Today” show that though she tried to keep them oblivious to father Charlie Sheen’s much-publicized recent antics, Sam, 7, and Lola, 6 (recently joined by newly adopted newborn Eloise), did “hear things through other kids.”
“I did have to have a conversation with them about addiction and got a book to read to them because I was just lying to them so much and covering up and telling lies, and it was just getting too confusing,” the “Wild Things” star said.
“They are so young,” Denise added. “I think they did comprehend some of it. And as they get older they’ll learn more as needed, but I told them enough for them to make sense of some things that were going on.”
Really? Because we couldn’t make any sense of Charlie’s behavior whatsoever. Denise, let’s talk!