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Was Amy Winehouse planning on adopting a Caribbean daughter before her untimely death at age 27? On Sunday, 10-year-old St. Lucia resident Dannika Augustine told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper that Winehouse was in the process of adopting her, and that she already considered the singer her mother. But Winehouse's rep says the story is a fabrication, telling E! News on Monday that "there's no truth to it."
Winehouse did, in fact, know Dannika and her family, as she frequented St. Lucia on getaways. Amy and Dannika were photographed together by paparazzi several times, and Winehouse often went to a bar run by the girl's grandmother. But the story in the Mirror presents Winehouse as a virtual member of the family, who would "beg" Dannika's poverty-stricken parents to let her adopt their child.
"Amy loved Dannika with all her heart," Dannika's grandmother told the paper. "I don’t know why Amy took to Dannika above all the other children on the island, but from the moment they met they were inseparable. They would spend all day playing, horse-riding and walking up and down the beach hand-in-hand."
Dannika's mother and father corroborated the story that Winehouse had begun adoption proceedings, and Dannika herself even gave a sorrowful statement.
"Amy was already my mother," said the 10-year-old. "I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me. She was the most amazing person, and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me."
It's a tragic, touching story -- but, again, not true. Winehouse's rep didn't even know anything about Dannika, telling TMZ, "I think (Amy) might have met her in St. Lucia, but she was in no way about to adopt her."
E! speculates that the Augustine family -- reportedly living in poverty -- lied to the Mirror in order to get paid big bucks for an exclusive story. That would explain why they did it, but not why so many people seemed willing to believe it. Perhaps we all want to believe that Amy Winehouse was trying hard to turn over a new leaf, instead of succumbing to the same addiction she'd fought her entire life.