"I feel, to be honest, that I'm the only person within that story that's ever held any accountability," he told 'Good Morning Britain'
Amy Winehouse's ex-husband admitted he made "mistakes" during their relationship but no longer carries the sole "burden" of her death.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain on what would have been the late singer's 40th birthday, Fielder-Civil, 41, discussed his time with Winehouse and the idea that people still consider him "responsible" for her death.
“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to speak today. Yeah, I do. I do," he said, referring to the latter. "And that’s OK. I can’t change how other people feel about that."
He added, “But for me personally, I’ve needed to stop carrying that cross on my own. I’ve carried that burden myself for over 10 years. I feel, to be honest, that I’m the only person within that story that’s ever held any accountability, that’s ever tried to say, ‘Yep, I made some huge mistakes.’”
When asked to explain those "mistakes," Fielder-Civil said: "I was a 20-something-year-old drug addict. So I had absolutely no idea how to make myself clean, let alone somebody else who was a big cog in a machine for a record label, and there were vested interests in Amy carrying on performing."
Host Ben Shephard noted Winehouse was "very vulnerable" and a "fragile soul," to which Fielder-Civil replied, "Yeah, she was. I think that fragility there is what people connected with in the albums and the songwriting.”
Fielder-Civil and Winehouse had a tumultuous marriage that only lasted between 2007 and 2009.
Over the years, many have continued to defer blame to him for enabling her addictive traits and introducing her to lethal substances that ultimately led to her death at age 27 in July 2011.
In a 2018 interview with Good Morning Britain, Fielder-Civil said that the narrative surrounding their drug use was skewed.
“The drug thing is something that’s been attributed to me for years. The fact is that me and Amy only used drugs together maybe six months of our marriage. That was it. And before that, Amy didn’t use drugs. She smoked cannabis, [and] I did heroin maybe four or five times," he said at the time.
He added, "People don’t realize Amy didn’t do anything Amy didn’t want to do.”
At that time, he said, “I’ll always carry a burden of guilt because I should have acted.”
Fielder-Civil now has two children, Lola Jade and Jack.
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