A representative for Amy Winehouse has been swatting away rumors Monday, calling it "untrue" that the British singer had been preparing to adopt a 10-year-old Caribbean girl before she met her untimely death.
According to celebrity website, TMZ, Winehouse had absolutely no plans to adopt a young girl she met on the island of St. Lucia in 2009, despite a report from British newspaper, the Sunday Mirror.
“It’s not true,” the unidentified rep for Winehouse told TMZ Monday after news of the purported adoption swept the Internet Sunday. “I think [she] might have met her in St. Lucia, but she was in no way about to adopt her.”
Calling their report a “world exclusive,” the Sunday Mirror claimed Sunday that Winehouse had “started the process” of adopting Dannika Augustine, the purported 10-year-old girl Winehouse was seen walking with on the beaches of St. Lucia during her 2009 visit.
The Grammy-winning singer had reportedly visited the island off and on for the past three years.
The girl’s grandmother, Marjorie Lambert, told the Sunday Mirror that Winehouse had even hired lawyers for the adoption of the girl and had purchased a plane ticket to return to the island next week.
“Amy used to beg me: ‘I want to adopt Dannika, I want to take her to England,’” said Lambert to the British paper. “She was prepared to move to St Lucia to be her full-time mum."
“Amy was already my mother. I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter,” the paper quoted Dannika as saying.
The girl also apparently expressed remorse for Winehouse, calling the singer’s death “the worst thing that ever happened” to her.
Dannicka and her mother apparently live in poverty. Her mother, identified as Nadia Germaine by the Sunday Mirror, said she was unable to find work and was willing to allow Winehouse to adopt her daughter.
The Sun Mirror also quoted the child’s father, who claims he spoke to Winehouse over the phone two years ago about the singer taking a liking to his daughter.
Winehouse, who had battled publicly with alcohol and drug abuse, was found dead inside her London home on July 23. Officials have yet to determine the singer's cause of death.
Winehouse, 27, was buried during a private ceremony in London last Tuesday.