Amy Winehouse May Have Had Tourette’s, Says Her Mother

Truth rating: 10
Amy Winehouse Tourettes Syndrome

By Shari Weiss

Amy Winehouse Tourettes Syndrome

(Getty Images)

Amy Winehouse may have had Tourette Syndrome, according to her mother, Janis Winehouse-Collins.

Winehouse-Collins makes the revelation in a new interview with People, which is timed to the re-release of her memoir, Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story. In the book, Winehouse-Collins documents her 27 short years with the powerful, but troubled vocalist. Winehouse struggled with a number of issues before her death in 2011, but one may have been undiagnosed.

“She could well have been almost Tourette’s, where she would just shout things out,” Winehouse-Collins tells People. “We just do not know.” Winehouse-Collins makes note of her daughter’s “Hurricane Amy” nickname, and says her behavior at school my have been indicative of the disorder, which can cause vocal outbursts.

The late singer’s mother further says, “I think that she was a special-needs kid in that she was so intelligent. She was so gifted, living in a world where she just wasn’t average, where she didn’t quite fit in. But it was a great life lived.”

Winehouse’s parents separated when she was a child, but in the years since her passing, they have jointly worked to keep her memory alive. It is unknown, though, if her father Mitch Winehouse agrees with Winehouse-Collins’ belief that the performer may have suffered from Tourette’s.

Enter your email address here to receive daily news updates from us.


  1. Gossip Cop
  2. Mediaite
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. The Mary Sue