Former Big Brother contestant Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace has told The People that it was Amy Winehouse’s “last dream” to marry her boyfriend and have children.
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The tragic star had wanted nothing more than to settle down and be a housewife to her film-maker boyfriend Reg Traviss, 35, says Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace.
And the Back to Black singer was happier than ever before, according to ex Big Brother contestant Aisleyne.
In stark contrast to the star’s public hell-raising drink-and-drugs image, Aisleyne revealed how Amy…
LOVED watching Channel 4’s teatime word game Countdown.
LIKED to pop round to her local takeaway for a spicy kebab and chips.
ENJOYED having a cosy cup of tea with her mates and a nap in the afternoon.
LAVISHED her love on up to five kittens.
SANG like an angel while she did the housework.
In an exclusive interview with The People, Aisleyne said Amy was a completely different girl to the one who married drug addict Blake Fielder-Civil, 32, in Miami back in 2007.
Aisleyne, 32, who was pals with Amy for three years until her devastating death last week, said: “She would always tell me that she wanted nothing more than to be a housewife.
“She wanted to have children and stay at home and look after them.
“The fame didn’t bother her, she didn’t crave that, she was about the love of music.
“Whether it was in front of millions or it was just in a local pub, she was just happy performing and what she really wanted was to have a family.
“She loved Reg and hoped she would spend the rest of her life with him. Reg was great for her, he was a positive in her life, we all thought so – her friends, family and record company bosses.
“It is so awful she died just when she had sorted things out and was in the happiest place I had ever seen her.”
Recounting the last time she saw the five-times Grammy-winning star, Aisleyne said: “I went to her flat and drank tea and she told me how happy she was with Reg. I can’t believe she has gone. It is so heartbreaking because Amy had done the impossible, she had dealt with her addiction, admitted she had a problem and I believe she was clean before she died.
“She has got a great support network of family and friends.
“It was so hard for her. There is no definitive answer to her illness, there isn’t a pill you can take to fix it.”
Aisleyne and Amy bonded when both their partners were in prison. Fielder-Civil, Amy’s ex-husband, was jailed for 27 months in July 2008 for his part in an assault on a bar owner and subsequent attempt to cover up the crime with a bribe. He is currently serving 32 months for burglary.
Aisleyne said: “I don’t have a very high opinion of Blake at all. I do blame him for introducing Amy to a path that was very painful for her, a path that made her very unhappy.
“But I think her death will have broken him.”
The girls spent nights out together, mostly going to house parties close to Amy’s north London home.
“We would always laugh a lot when we went out,” remembers Aisleyne. “Amy had the best sense of humour, she was very witty and on point.”
Revealing for the first time some of Amy’s quirky habits, Aisleyne told how her favourite TV programme was Countdown.
Aisleyne said: “She would watch it every afternoon she was at home and often would beat the clock. She was so bright and clever. I don’t think people always knew that but she was amazing in that way.
“She wasn’t really into television, she was a typical musician like that.
“It wasn’t that she looked down at it but she had better things to do. That said, she did like EastEnders too, she’d watch that in the evenings.
“Amy enjoyed being at home. She had a wonderful new home, she’d worked hard for it.”
Typical of an artist, Amy didn’t have a set routine but would get up when she felt like it and write reams of music. Aisleyne said: “She would get up when she was ready, have a bit of breakfast and then start writing.
“She might have a nap in the afternoon. She just did what she wanted.
“She would listen to a lot of music, I would take my R ’n’ B and chart music round but Amy would listen to real music, like 50s and 60s songs.
“I remember once I was in another room and I heard this beautiful singing. I went to see and it was Amy. She sounded angelic and she wasn’t even trying. That was the real Amy, the girl who wasn’t bothered by the fame but just wanted to get on with music.”
Aisleyne says Amy liked spicy food and would get a doner kebab and chips from her local takeaway if she didn’t feel like cooking.
And although she was seen looking worse for wear on far too many occasions, she was someone who had so much love to give. Aisleyne says Amy adored her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield who has a music career of her own despite being just 15. There were numerous pictures of her dotted around Amy’s flat.
Aisleyne said: “She was so supportive of her, she thought she was so talented. Amy would always smile when she talked about Dionne. It was lovely to watch.”
Amy’s warmth extended to animals, particularly kittens.
At one time she had five of them staying with her. Aisleyne said: “I remember going round to see Amy and I had three of them sitting in my lap and one on each shoulder.
“Amy loved them so much, but that is what Amy was about – love. She would always be nice to everyone.
“She loved her fans so much too. She would sit there reading the letters they had sent her and looking at the gifts she had received from them. That always brought a smile to her face.
“Amy would also make a huge effort to talk to neighbours, local shop keepers, or anyone she knew from the area. She would always be nice. I never saw her be horrible to anyone.
“One of her pet hates was when people were bullying others. I never, ever heard her say a bad word about anyone.”
Aisylene, who arrived at Amy’s home last Saturday minutes after paramedics and police arrived, now hopes that her close friend will never be forgotten.
But the reality TV star, a finalist in the 2006 Big Brother, is devastated that she has come under fire over reports that she was out partying with Amy in the days before her death.
As a result she has received threats and hate messages and says she wasn’t allowed to attend Tuesday’s funeral.
Aisleyne said: “I am now saying goodbye to Amy in my own way.
“I was told there wasn’t enough space at the funeral but then her parents thought I was out partying with her in the days before she died.
“I wasn’t. I hadn’t seen Amy for a good few weeks before she died.
“I am doing this interview so people remember Amy the way I do.
“I want to grieve for my friend, who had a huge heart and is the best artist of my lifetime.”
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