Amy Winehouse's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil went from showbiz parties and luxury holidays to stealing from a barmaid while living on a crime-ridden estate

The former Lincolnshire private school pupil was once a suited-and-booted regular in Camden's trendiest nightspots.

He was whisked away to Hollywood parties, had his pick of the best tailors in London and was married to one of the world's biggest pop stars who had a personal fortune of around £10million.

Fast forward a decade and he now finds himself living in a small flat on a crime-ridden estate in one of the most notorious areas of Leeds.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "He's a cocky little gobsh*te who should be locked up."

The 36-year-old, originally from the leafy market town of Bourne, is believed to have moved to the area around five years ago after his release from prison for burglary and firearm possession.


Locals on the estate told the Sun Online Blake still lived in the flat but that it was not unusual to go weeks without seeing him.

Another said: "He is a bit of a loner, does not mix much with others and is not very chatty."

She added that it was not unusual to go months without seeing residents living in the block of flats.

The home where Fielder-Civil now resides is in the heart of one of Leeds' most crime-ridden areas.

A total of 124 crimes have been reported on the estate in the last year – including 62 violent or sexual offences.




Murder, suicide and drugs have all reared their ugly heads in the past decade with one 17-year-old slaughtered with a knife and a salesman battered to death by an unruly mob.

And in 2016 he found himself back in the dock, this time for skulking into a pub around a mile from his flat in the rundown area of the city and snatching a barmaid's £170 bag.

Victim Leia Cliff branded Fielder-Civil 'pond life'.

She said: "I'd left my bag on the chair when I arrived for my shift. I went to the loo and came back to find my purse was gone.

"We looked on CCTV and watched him pinch it. I couldn't believe it. I felt physically sick.





"I couldn't believe anyone could sink so low. It's disgusting but I guess that's what he's been reduced to.

"These types of people are always offered second chances, but they never take it.

"The purse was a present from my grandma. I'll never get it back, but he doesn't care about that."

It could have been so different for him.

Having first met Amy in a North London pub in 2005, a whirlwind romance saw them tie the knot in Miami two years later.


Credited by many for being the inspiration for a number of songs on Amy's hit Back To Black album, Blake was at the heart of the trendy London music scene for more than two years.

He was photographed on Amy's arm in New York as the couple travelled the globe with the London singer's fame exploding.

Fielder-Civil joined her on her erratic tour of US and Canada, where she stole the show at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and performed at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles before missing a series of dates later that month.

Their time in America saw the couple mixing with Hollywood's A-List, Fielder-Civil later boasted about drinking with Bruce Willis and exchanging texts with Friends star David Schwimmer – both of who were huge fans of his lover.


The former Lincolnshire grammar school boy also joined his then new wife at Glastonbury Festival in 2007 – where the singer had forked out £3,000 on a swanky tent for them both to enjoy.

Back home in London, Blake had his pick of the best tailors the capital had to offer as designers fell over themselves to invite him to private showrooms where he could pick out any suit he wanted.

Swanky film premieres, music label parties and the envy of adoring fans – he had it all.

Just two years after meeting, the pair had married in the glorious heat of Miami before later jetting off to the dream holiday island of St Lucia.

The pair were seemingly inseparable but the cracks were beginning to show.

As Amy stood on stage accepting a Record of the Year Grammy for "Rehab" in 2008, her husband was miles away, watching from a prison cell having been jailed for a bar fight.

On stage the besotted singer paid tribute to her husband of less than a year, saying: "To my mum and dad, for my Blake, my Blake incarcerated."

A year later, she cut a forlorn figure as she was pictured holidaying alone in St Lucia waiting for Blake's imminent release.

She later gushed to one journalist later that year: "We are so in love, we are a team. Blake, Blake, Blake, Blake, Blake, Blake."

An album featuring previously unseen photographs of their wedding was found lying in a North London skip alongside a broken guitar and used syringes in North London.

Two years later, Amy was found dead in her £2.5m mansion after binging on vodka.


In an interview in 2013 he admitted giving Amy heroin, saying: “I was smoking it and she said, 'Can I try some?' I don't think she would have ever experienced it without me."

Amy died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, aged 27.

Fielder-Civil's own mum, Georgette Civil, later said she spent “years” covering up for her beloved son and the late singer.


She added: “He was her drugs mule. I’ve finally seen him for what he really is – and it has broken my heart.

“I was in total denial that the son I loved was a hopeless heroin addict.

“I even watched him swallowing packets of drugs, wrapped in foil.”

He shocked Good Morning Britain viewers with his appearance on the show earlier this month.

Blake expressed his fury at Mitch Winehouse's plans to stage a hologram tour for his daughter's fans.

He said: "The way I feel about the actual hologram itself it's no different to watching a video clip or listening to her music.

"I object to every sort of opportunity that's been made, it seems since Amy passed away seven years ago there's been three films, a hologram tour, to me I can't see many other reasons for this tour."

However host Piers Morgan pointed out Blake had also cashed in on his late wife's memory by selling his story to the press.

Blake argued it wasn't "life changing money" and added: "To call it cashing in is a bit misleading, I would have done it without any money but the reason I ended up taking money was I had been in a situation where I found it really hard to get a job and couldn't really earn money any other way."



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