Parents in despair at Winehouse's 'denial'

The parents of Amy Winehouse have spoken of their desperation as their daughter struggles with drug addiction, saying she is "in denial" about her problems.

Mitch and Janis Winehouse said the singer continued to drink heavily while trying to beat her addiction in St Lucia, the Caribbean island where she has been installed by her record company. Mrs Winehouse told ITV News: "The need to rescue her is enormous. Amy is in denial all the time. She probably feels trapped, her body is trapping her."

Footage of Winehouse, 25, playing drums in her £2,000-a-night villa while seemingly drunk was broadcast last night. Mr Winehouse said she had staged a "remarkable recovery" but there had been "backward steps".