When you see side by side now and then photos of Amy Winehouse, it's hard not to wonder what the hell happened. Today, some light is shed on the situation. In the Daily Mail, Amy Winehouse's mother, Janis, grants a rare (and heartbreaking) interview. Janis, who is separated from Amy's father Mitchell, visited Amy in a hotel after her August 8th overdose. "It was the first time I'd been alone with her since before Christmas," Amy's mother says. "I hugged her and kept saying, 'What are you doing to yourself?' I wasn't angry. I'm past anger. It's almost futile."

Janis describes Amy as a child: a little girl who took ballet and sang a lot. "She was always very cheery but she was also shy," Janis says. "She's never been an easy child." Janis and Mitchell split up when Amy was nine. "Mitchell and Amy were close. Her father would sing Sinatra to her and because he always sang, she was always singing, even in school. Her teachers had to tell her to stop. People talk a lot about the anger in Amy's songs. I think a lot of it was that her father wasn't there."

Yeah, or maybe a lot of it had to do with, you know, Janis herself? Amy's mother tells a bizarre story about the day a 12-year-old Amy was asked to leave school because her grades weren't up to par.

The same day, I had to take the family cat Katie to the vet. I dropped off the cat, went to the school and then went back to the vet's. We had the cat put down. My joke is I should have had Amy put down and the cat moved on.

Exclusive: Amy Winehouse's Mother Explains Why She Feels Powerless To Stop Her Troubled Daughter's Descent Into Hell Of Addiction [DailyMail]