Who is Valerie from Amy Winehouse's song of the same name?
One of the most popular songs Amy Winehouse is "Valerie," a 2006 hit that has become a fan favorite, but few know that the song is actually a cover and was originally written and performed by British band The Zutons. There are many theories about what or who the song is about, but the mystery has finally been solved as the "real" Valerie from the song has been found, writes "NME".
Valerie Starr is a famous makeup artist from New York who revealed in an interview with Weiss how she was in a relationship with the band's frontman Dave McCabe and said that the song was actually about her, which McCabe confirmed.
"She was in the US, I was at home and it was like a postcard," he said, revealing exactly what inspired him to create the song. Namely, Valerie almost went to prison after several traffic violations, which prevented her from coming to Great Britain. After all, Amy Winehouse asked in a song, "Do you need a good lawyer?"
“I remember when you told me about the song. It was like “I wrote a song for you. And became single." And he didn't want to tell me any details. He was very shy about it. And I thought, 'Valerie, what does this song sound like?'" Valerie admitted.
The couple originally met at a concert in Florida, where the Zutons were the opening act.
"They had such a unique sound and I've never heard anything like it before." The electricity they created together on stage as a band was simply wonderful,” she recalls.
"One drink turned into many others. We went to a friend's apartment and drank champagne on the roof until the sun came up. And that was our first meeting", she added.
When asked what her favorite line from the song was, Valerie said she liked the part where he described her "red" hair, adding that she was "dressing funny" at the time, just like Valerie from the song.
Valerie told how she was heartbroken to see the song become a huge hit at the same time Amy Winehouse was struggling with addiction.
“She was a brilliant artist. She was ahead of her time. It's so sad and tragic, in so many ways. Like the video, she couldn't be in it because she was in her own world," she said.