Amy Winehouse’s mother thinks the singer may have had Tourette’s Syndrome.
The late hitmaker was nicknamed ‘Hurricane Amy’ as a youngster for her wild and outspoken ways but Janis Winehouse-Collins is convinced she might have been stricken with the neurological disorder, which causes physical and vocal tics.
Janis said: “She could well have been almost Tourette’s, where she would just shout things out. We just do not know.”
She remembers her daughter – who died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011 – as “gifted” and thinks she was too intelligent to “fit in” with her peers as a child.
She told People magazine: “I think that she was a special-needs kid in that she was so intelligent. She was so gifted, living in a world where she just wasn’t average, where she didn’t quite fit in. But it was a great life lived.”
Four months after Amy died, a new album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures – comprising demo material – was released.