London: Singer Lily Allen says her friends were concerned she might die in similar circumstances to Amy Winehouse.
    
The 26-year-old, who was close friends with Winehouse, found dead at her home under un-explained circumstances, said her friends texted her to say they were glad she hadn't suffered the same fate.
     
Winehouse suffered from serious drug and alcohol addiction.
    
"I felt that she'd become such a cartoon character of herself. Her death almost didn't feel real because her life had virtually been lived in the newspapers near the end. Amy struggled she wanted a real life. She wanted to go down the pub and she couldn't.”
    
"Actually when Amy died, I got several texts from friends saying they were really glad I was still here. That I hadn't died too. It's so easy to get caught up in the madness and I count my lucky stars I've been strong enough to walk away," Allen said.
    
The singer, who is pregnant with husband Sam Cooper's child, said she now spends most of her time in England, with her husband and is enjoying spending time doing nothing.

(Agencies)