OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Reflects on Amy Winehouse Tragedy

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Keith Urban is sharing his perspective about struggles with addiction and the heartbreak of Amy Winehouse’s death in The Tennessean. “There does come a point where you have to pull away or detach with love as they say because otherwise the entire ship is going to go down, and you can’t help someone who doesn’t want help,” he says. “That’s the tragedy of this particular thing, some make it and some don’t.” Then he elaborates, from his own success with rehab, about how “extraordinary people” and families can help. “I think if I’ve got any advice, it’s to the families of these people and the importance of the family reaching out for help as a family. … That’s certainly been my experience, that the rallying and strength of a family around the individual is perhaps the greatest hope.” So, to recap: Family. Hope. Love.

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