In Amy Winehouse's storied life, it certainly seemed that the more bizarre the report, the more likely it was to be true. But what about in her death?
The British tabloids are certainly doing their part to test the theory, as The Mirror reported yesterday that the late singer had already begun the process of adopting a 10-year-old St. Lucian girl when she unexpectedly passed away.
At first, it sounds implausible: though her father proclaimed her sobriety at the time of her death, she wasn't short on problems that might raise a red flag or 20 for any adoption board. But, she was cleaning up her act and did spent an inordinate amount of time on the Caribbean island.
And the Mirror further boosted their claims, saying lawyers were hired, plane tickets booked, and had no less an authority than the girl herself confirming the adoption plans. So is it true? Believe it or not, this rumor is…
"There's no truth to it," Winehouse's rep said.
So where'd this tall tale come from? Well, Amy had obviously taken a shine to the young Dannika Augustine, having been photographed with her several times during her lengthy stay in St. Lucia.
But by the Mirror's own admission, the girl has ample family on the island, a grandmother, who also got roped into seemingly corroborating the story and through whom the odd couple met (Marjorie Lambert runs a beach bar on the island which Amy frequented), and Dannika's single mother.
They all come from poverty, which at least seemingly goes a little way toward explaining how the tabloid may have come across the supposedly exclusive story (dollar signs can be a powerful motivator, after all).
"Amy way already my mother," Dannika told the paper. "I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me.
"She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me."
Meanwhile, Amy's father Mitch is carrying out the pledge he made in his farewell statements to his daughter.
The still-mourning father met up with various members of Parliament this morning to press politicians into allocating more government funding to help those who want help for their addictions but who cannot afford private rehab. Currently, addicts face a wait of up to two years to enter a rehab facility funded by the National Health Service, or be forced to pony up substantial costs for private care.