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Stars gather for Mandela photocall… but Amy Winehouse is a no show
Amy Winehouse was a no-show on Thursday as her pop contemporaries gathered for a photocall for Friday’s Nelson Mandela concert.
Although the troubled star confirmed she will sing at Mandela’s 90th birthday concert – despite being diagnosed with early stages of emphysema – her snub will no doubt unsettle organisers and fans ahead of the highly-anticipated gig in London’s Hyde Park.
The 24-year-old was released from hospital on Monday after doctors confirmed she has scarring of the lungs which can cause emphysema, but it is treatable.
Will Smith, Leona Lewis, The Sugababes, and Queen’s Brian May joined Nelson Mandela for a photocall in London ahead of the 46664 concert on Friday in Hyde Park
Despite pledging to honour her live commitments at both Glastonbury and the Mandela concert yesterday and spending an hour-and-a-half in rehearsals since leaving the London Clinic, Winehouse was a no-show yesterday.
Instead she visited her husband Blake Fielder-Civil at London’s Pentonville Prison, before stopping off at an off licence for some Jack Daniels whisky and vodka and a packet of sweets.
Meanwhile, at the photocall, Mandela posed with Hollywood star Will Smith, Annie Lennox, and Brit singers Sugababes and Leona Lewis, following Wednesday’s big charity dinner in his honour.
It was, by any standards, an extraordinary night for an extraordinary man.
At the dinner celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday there were enough stars – including Sir Elton John, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Neil Diamond – and statesmen to put most Hollywood gatherings to shame.
And the stars certainly brought along their cash, raising more than £5million for Mandela’s many charities.
At one point, he picked on a giggling Emma Thompson, cajoling her into bidding for a signed painting of the birthday boy.
Tender moment: amid the celebrations for his 90th birthday Graca Machel checks on her husband Nelson Mandela
World leaders Bill Clinton and PM Gordon Brown lead the applause for one of history’s great men at the star-studded dinner held in his honour
Ex Presidents: The star-studded dinner – featuring some rather cheesy African themed dinner service – also raised funds for Mandela’s global charity project
A-list stars: Oprah Winfrey and Sir Elton John chew the fat at the flower-laden dinner table.
Highlights from the Mandela concert will be televised Friday on ITV1 from 9pm on Friday.
Admiration: Chelsea Clinton was another guest who was clearly delighted to meet the political leader
Leaders: Chelsea Clinton, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton and Sarah Brown pose behind birthday boy Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel.