Billie Piper recalls Amy Winehouse being bullied while they were at school together

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3 Apr 2024, 16:08

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Actress and singer shares insights into the late star and schoolfriend's unique persona.

Billie Piper has opened up about her friendship with the late Amy Winehouse during their school days, revealing that the iconic singer was subjected to bullying for her individuality.

Speaking on the Table Manners podcast hosted by Jessie Ware and her mother, Lennie, Piper reflected on her time at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, where she befriended Winehouse.

Recalling Winehouse's distinctive personality, Piper described her as 'cheeky' and someone who was not afraid to express herself in unconventional ways.

“She was always cheeky. She was always like that, you know. She would do abstract stuff, and I really loved it,” Piper reminisced.

Despite Winehouse's undeniable talent and intelligence, Piper disclosed that her penchant for pushing boundaries and embracing her uniqueness made her a target for bullying among her peers.

“She got bullied quite a lot at school because she was doing her own thing, and she liked to push buttons, and do weird stuff,” Piper revealed.

“And I had a lot of space for that, but not many of the girls did. It wasn’t the easiest ride.”

Winehouse, known for her soulful voice and poignant songwriting, faced challenges throughout her life, including struggles with substance abuse. Her untimely death at the age of 27 in 2011 left a void in the music industry and sparked conversations about mental health and addiction.

The upcoming biopic Back to Black, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Marisa Abela, will provide a deeper look into Winehouse's life and legacy, shedding light on her remarkable talent and the personal battles she faced.

Piper's candid revelation about Winehouse comes amid discussions about her own personal life, including her co-parenting relationship with ex-husband Laurence Fox.

In a recent interview with British Vogue, Piper acknowledged the challenges of maintaining consistency for her children amidst the complexities of co-parenting.

“I close everything down and keep a very strict routine with the kids so that there’s consistency. I keep them close. That’s all I can do,” she told the publication.

As Piper continues to navigate her own journey, her reflections on her friendship with Winehouse serve as a poignant reminder of the impact of bullying and the importance of embracing individuality.

Billie Piper is also set to star as Sam McAlister in new biographical drama Scoop, which tells the story of Prince Andrew’s notorious Newsnight interview.

Coming to Netflix this Friday, 5th April, the film sees Billie portray the producer who secured the interview with the royal.

The cast also features Gillian Anderson as Emily Maitlis, Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew and Keeley Hawes as aide Amanda Thirsk.

Speaking on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar about Andrew’s reaction to the Newsnight interview, once it had been concluded, she said: “He felt that it had gone well. They all felt like it had gone well. And there's such a question mark over that for me. Like, how did this get signed off?” 

Scoop is out this Friday 5th April on Netflix.

For more great interviews listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or catch up on-demand here.