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Claudine Keane pays tribute to late neighbour Amy Winehouse

Published 04/07/2015 | 10:06

Claudine Keane
Claudine Keane
Claudine Keane at an LA Galaxy game in 2011
Amy Winehouse died aged 27 in July 2011
Robbie and Claudine Keane in 2011

Claudine Keane has opened up about her time as Amy Winehouse's neighbour.

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The former Miss Ireland contestant lived in plush North London suburb Hadley Wood with husband Robbie, who was then playing for Tottenham Hotspurs and their son Robert.

And she cleared up rumours that they were unhappy with Amy's arrival at the time, in light of the 'Amy' documentary in cinemas now.

Writing in her column in the Irish Daily Star, Claudine explained: “She had been a neighbour of ours in Hadley Wood, a leafy suburb just north of London for over a year. Her record label moved her down there in the hope she would settle down.

Robbie and Claudine Keane in 2011
Robbie and Claudine Keane in 2011

"It was a very family oriented place with nice parks for walks and cute little restaurants and coffee shops. It seemed like the perfect environment for Amy."

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While the Keanes now live in Los Angeles where Robbie is captain at LA Galaxy, she said that he reached out to Amy's father Mitch at the time to welcome her to the neighbourhood.

"At the time there were many reports claiming that the neighbours, including Rob and I, were unhappy that she was living there…it couldn’t have been further from the truth," she added.

Amy Winehouse died aged 27 in July 2011
Amy Winehouse died aged 27 in July 2011

Claudine, who is no stranger to the spotlight, said it was difficult to watch Winehouse being targeted by paparazzi near her home.

“She was lovely and very friendly. When I looked out of my window, I would feel sorry for her as the paparazzi would be constantly parked outside her house waiting for her epic fail," she said.

Claudine Keane at an LA Galaxy game in 2011
Claudine Keane at an LA Galaxy game in 2011

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