Amy Winehouse cancels tour over absent husband

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse said on Tuesday she was cancelling all her remaining planned concerts this year, saying she could not perform while her husband was in custody.

Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, is being held on remand accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a pub landlord in an incident in June last year.

Winehouse, 24, who has struggled with drugs and alcohol, has been criticized by critics for some of her recent performances and a statement on her Web site said her doctor had advised her to cancel all live appearances scheduled this year.

“I can’t give it my all onstage without my Blake,” her statement said.

“I’m so sorry but I don’t want to do the shows half-heartedly; I love singing. My husband is everything to me and without him it’s just not the same.”

She had been due to perform a number of concerts across Britain and in Ireland, but these have now been called off.

The statement said Winehouse had been under intense emotional strain in recent weeks and she had been ordered to take a complete rest in the interest of her health and well-being.

Earlier this year she cancelled a U.S. tour citing health issues.

Winehouse, who is considered one of the leading talents in the Britain’s pop scene, has rarely been out of the pages of the country’s tabloids which have closely followed her and her husband’s increasingly chaotic lifestyles.

Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Jeremy Lovell