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Mark Ronson Says He Was Misquoted About Amy Winehouse Being ‘Freaked Out’ by Adele’s Success

Amy WInehouse, Mark Ronson
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In a recent Village Voice interview with Mark Ronson, the producer/DJ was quoted as saying that the late, great Amy Winehouse had been “freaked out” by fellow British star Adele — very much aware of her and perhaps even intimidated by her massive success. Now he has gone on the record as saying that he was straight-up misquoted in the piece, and that Winehouse was more motivated by Adele than jealous.

“I rarely ever respond to misquotes and wrong information,” Ronson wrote in a Facebook note. “However in this case, i will not f—ing tolerate it.” Ronson, who produced Winehouse’s ‘Back in Black’ breakthrough and was talking to her about working on another album at the time of her death last year, continues:

some journalist quoted me as saying Amy was “freaked out” by Adele’s success.
jesus christ.
i read the interview for the first time just now, and there are so many wrong quotes in there. i can tell the dude was writing whatever he wanted because he uses words and language that i never EVER f—ing use in my daily life.
at one point, he was grilling me about amy to the point that i said that amy was itching to get back in the studio, and the recent success of others that she had blazed a trail for had put the fire in her belly. but that is absolutely it and all these other words are a complete affront to me, her, adele and anyone who reads this s—e.

sorry to get so fucking angry over something that may seem trivial but some wrongs must be righted.
and i have learned my lesson and will no longer answer questions about our girl.
good night and good luck.

The way the story was written, it seemed to suggest Adele’s success may have caused Winehouse some severe mental anguish — and who knew how far it led? We certainly hoped that wasn’t the case, and now with Ronson sharing his side of the story, we’re sticking with it. R.I.P., Amy. We still miss you.

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