Amy Winehouse ‘Deserved Better Than That,’ Estelle Says

Fellow Brit soul singer tells Sway, ‘I cried for about two days,’ after hearing news of star’s death. By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway Amy Winehouse Photo: Epsilon/ Getty Images Amy Winehouse ‘s death has hit her fans hard. From her friends and family to her musical contemporaries, many have expressed their love and condolences for the fallen soul singer who died in her London home on Saturday. On Wednesday’s (July 27) satellite radio broadcast of “Sway in the Morning” on Shade 45 , Estelle opened up about her feelings on Winehouse’s death . “I’m sad, I’m disappointed, I’m angry — I can’t. I’m really upset, I think I cried for about two days,” the British singer told Sway. Estelle, who frequently crossed paths with Winehouse during the pair’s rise across the pond and then here in the States, steered clear of any judgment concerning Amy’s documented battles with drugs and alcohol . While it has been widely speculated that Amy’s addiction led to her death, an initial autopsy reportedly came up inconclusive. “Amy’s been Amy — that’s Amy, a bit drunk, a bit high. My thing is, again, you can’t tell from the inside-out what is going on with an artist,” Estelle said. “This fame is a juggernaut: It slaps you in the face and you don’t know what you’re doing. You don’t know who has your back, who is your support system.” Estelle, who won a Grammy in 2009 for her single “American Boy,” knows the pressures that being in the spotlight can bring and said she didn’t want to condemn anyone for how they deal with it. “I don’t want to judge her, having similarly been through that explosion of everything, [becoming] famous all at once,” she said. “And then having to deal with my stuff in public in front of people that I never knew and I know don’t care about me and are just after whatever they are going to get from me. “It’s hard,” Estelle said before getting a bit choked up. “We came out with albums at the same time, so I’d always see her. I just know she deserved better than that.” Catch MTV’s Sway on “Sway in the Morning,” on SIRIUS XM Radio’s Shade 45 , Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon ET. Celebrate Amy Winehouse on Wednesday night (July 27) at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, when MTV will air an encore presentation of a performance she taped in the MTV studios in 2007. Related Videos Amy Winehouse Remembered Related Photos Amy Winehouse: A Life In Photos Related Artists Amy Winehouse Estelle

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