Back in early January, we learned the sad news that married couple Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil were dunzo (on charges that Amy had committed adultery with another man while Blake was rotting in jail on charges that he attempted to pervert justice). Since the couple split, they had been living different lives … Blake in London, Amy in St. Lucia … but today, in a London courtroom, the couple’s marriage was officially ended in a hearing that took all of 75 seconds:
The 2-year marriage of Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil came to a formal end in a functional first floor courtroom in London Thursday. As one of 25 couples seeking to dissolve their marriages, Fielder-Civil, 27, was granted the divorce from Winehouse, 25, in a hearing that lasted all of 75 seconds, as the singer admitted adultery, court papers show. Neither she nor Fielder-Civil were at Court Three of the High Court Family Division in London’s Holborn area to hear District Judge Michael Segal grant the “quickie” divorce. In a question-and-answer format, the court papers show that it was Fielder-Civil who filed for the split. Asked if he finds it “intolerable” to live with Winehouse, he replies, “Yes.” And when asked to “state briefly your reasons for saying that the respondent has committed the adultery alleged,” he answers, “The Respondent confessed the adultery to me in April 2008.” The papers show they have not lived in the same household since that date. In her response, Winehouse is asked if she admitted “the adultery alleged in the petition.” She answers a simple “yes.” She adds that she is not intending to defend the case. The couple married in Miami May 2007. First talk of a divorce surfaced in January, when Fielder-Civil, a music-video producer, signaled he would start proceedings. The singer initially said she would not let it happen. Unless a dispute arises, the divorce will become final in six weeks.
What a sad way to end a marriage. But, in all honesty, a couple like Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil could only expect to end their relationship in abject sadness. Sadness and tragedy have plagued their lives from the very beginning … they were bad for each other when they were dating, they were worse for each other when they were married. Perhaps this ending can be a new beginning for both of them. Amy seems to have cleaned up her act in recent months (well, at the very least she doesn’t look as effed up as she used to look) and Blake, well, we can hope that Blake is getting his life in order after getting out of jail earlier this year. I wish nothing but the best for these tragic figures. It’s a new day, make the best of it.