At the age of 12, Winehouse was accepted into the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, and a year later she received her first guitar.
But by the age of 16, Winehouse was expelled for "not applying herself" and piercing her nose.
music charts than any other American debut by a British female recording artist in history. In April of 2007, Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil were engaged.
The album stayed in the Top 10 for several months, selling one million copies by the end of that summer, with "Rehab" becoming a top 10 U. Winehouse revealed that her romance with the 23-year-old was the inspiration for several of the tracks.
On August 8, 2007, the singer overdosed on several drugs, and was hospitalized.
First claiming exhaustion, Winehouse later told the that she overdosed after she had used a mix of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, whisky and vodka during a bar crawl in London.
Following his arrest, Winehouse showed up in mid-November at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena to perform seemingly intoxicated and some of the crowd responded with boos and walk-outs.
Winehouse canceled all concerts and public appearances for the rest of 2007, again citing "doctor's orders." A month later, Winehouse was arrested on suspicion of attempting to interfere with her husband's case.
She voluntarily reported to a police station and was arrested before questioning.
Winehouse grew up listening to a diverse range of music, from James Taylor to Sarah Vaughan.
At the age of 10, she was drawn to listen to American R&B abd hip-hop acts, including TLC and Salt-N-Pepa, and she founded a short-lived amateur rap group called Sweet 'n Sour.