Nelson Mandela had a soft spot for London singer Amy Winehouse after a quip she made about his time in prison - former prime minister Gordon Brown has revealed.
The ex-Labour leader said the pair met at former South African president Mr Mandela's 90th birthday party, at which singer Winehouse made a joke comparing the anti-apartheid campaigner to her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.
In an interview with the Guardian's G2 magazine, Mr Brown said: "The person he (Mr Mandela) most liked was Amy Winehouse.
"She said to him: 'You and my husband have a lot in common'. "He said, 'Oh, what is that?' "She said, 'You've both spent a long time in prison'."
Mitch Winehouse has said he's delighted that a statue of his daughter Amy will be placed at the centre of Stables Market in Camden, saying "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever"
"Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."
A statue celebrating the life of singer Amy Winehouse is to be given a permanent place in Camden. The specially-commissioned artwork, designed and sculpted by Scott Eaton and cast in bronze, will be unveiled on the late singer's birthday, September 14th.
The statue will be placed at the centre of the regenerated Stables Market. It's been funded by the Winehouse family and Camdenmarket.com
It's been two years since the London singer Amy Winehouse died aged just 27. A multi-award winning songwriter, her music legacy continues to inspire millions around the world. However, closer to home her memory is changing lives in a different way.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball took place tonight to raise money to help young people in need.
The third annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball will be held at the Dorchester Hotel tonight.
The Foundation runs a scheme called Amy's Yard, where young people referred to them by partner organisations are given professional music studio time and the help of a professional engineer to develop both music skills, plus social skills and self confidence.
Four young people from the scheme will be performing at the event to showcase their talent alongside musicians including Boy George and Paloma Faith.
Almost two years since the death of singer Amy Winehouse an exhibition will open in Camden, a short walk away from where she lived and died.Read the full story ›
Lucrezia Millarini visited the exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Camden and spoke to curator Liz Selby.
Amy was found dead at her Camden home two years ago, in July 2011, aged 27.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse, curated by the Jewish Museum with help from the singer's brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva.
The family have given the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Amy's belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits.
Hosted in the heart of Camden, where Amy used to live, this exhibition celebrates her passion for music, fashion, London and her family.
Many unseen photographs of Amy's family life will be on display, revealing her strong Jewish roots and heritage as well as her close family relationships.
Friday night dinners and Alex's barmitzvah are captured in these images, and vintage photographs of their beloved grandmother Cynthia show what may have been the roots of Amy's distinctive style.
The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until 15 September.
First I have heard about Beyonce and Back to Black. Sounds like some of you don't like the idea.
I don't know this but what if Beyonce gave £100,000 to foundation. Do you know how many kids that would help? Just putting it out there.