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Jason Gregory

10:35 11th January 2009

Amy Winehouse has claimed that she has stopped taking drugs during her holiday in the Caribbean. 

The singer, who has been on the Island of St Lucia since before Christmas, said she had discovered “a new zest for life” and had begun thinking about recording her third album.

In an interview with the News of the World, Winehouse revealed she was left “horrified” after seeing pictures of herself in the newspapers.

“My skin was a spotty mess and I was so pale and skinny. I thought to myself, ‘Girl, you got to sort yourself out or you’ll be dead soon’,” she said.

“I was depressed, doing drugs and had no life in me at all. Coming here has changed everything.”

She added: “Home is hell for me. I’ve escaped from it. There are drugs everywhere. I can’t do anything without everyone thinking I’m off my head on drugs, although half the time they were right, I was.

"But here I feel so calm and peaceful and for the first time I can definitely say I am off the drugs. I haven’t touched anything since I arrived and I feel the best I have in years.”

Winehouse credited her change in direction to her friendship with unknown actor, Josh Bowman, who she met for the first time on the Island.

The singer said the pair were having a “great time” together, but added that she was looking forward to recording the follow-up to 2006’s ‘Back To Black’.

“Most nights I’ve done a few songs on the piano for a laugh but I’m starting to think about recording again," she said.

“I want to capture how happy I am right now in some new songs.”

Amy Winehouse in the Caribbean

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