The following chapter appears in the book “TMI: My Life in Scandal” By Perez Hilton, with Leif Eriksson and Martin Svensson; published by Chicago Review Press on Oct 6. Reprinted with permission.
I met Amy Winehouse for the first time in London at a fashion magazine party in late 2006. At that point in time, I was in London pretty often, because I had become — in the most unlikely of ways — good friends with the owner of a hotel there.
It all started when the hotel owner’s girlfriend sent me some fan mail (by email, of course). That in itself wasn’t so strange, but her boyfriend also started getting in touch to share his appreciation. At first I thought he was being ironic, but I quickly realized that he genuinely liked the things I wrote, and so we kept in touch. He told me he owned a boutique