Amy Winehouse has taken up Buddhism, apparently inspired by singer Tina Turner.

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The troubled star – who doctors reportedly fear could be brain damaged after a recent cannabis overdose – is seeking solace in the religion.

The 24-year-old singer chants Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, a form of Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism. A source told The Sun: “Amy was introduced to Buddhist chanting by one of her musicians. She chants for 10 minutes in the mornings and just before she sleeps.

“Amy has also been watching the interview clip of Tina Turner chanting on YouTube and she reckons it’s already affecting her in a positive way.

“She has a string of Buddhist beads that she chants with, which she keeps in a red silk scarf. She says chanting is filling her life with positivity.”

Amy has endured a turbulent 2008. She has been in and out of rehab, involved in several drunken brawls, seen her husband Blake Fielder-Civil jailed and suffer numerous health problems, including scarring of the lungs.

The Rehab singer is planning to dress up as a mermaid for her performance at the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight this weekend, for the 30000 Freaks Under The Sea fancy dress theme.