The singer's jailed husband has instructed a lawyer to file papers

By Simon Perry
January 12, 2009 09:00 AM

The jailed husband of singer Amy Winehouse has started divorce proceedings against her, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Blake Fielder-Civil has instructed a lawyer to file papers. “I can confirm that I have been instructed to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy’s adultery,” Henri Brandman told PEOPLE, confirming a statement he made to a Sunday tabloid in the U.K.

And Fielder-Civil’s mother Georgette adds that it was she who contacted Brandman on her son’s behalf last week. She says, “I am just so relieved it’s going to be all over.”

The couple have been through many ups and downs and it is the second time in six weeks that Fielder-Civil or those close to him have spoken about a split.

Mrs. Civil vows: “It will go through this time, it will go ahead.”

Winehouse’s rep in the U.K., Chris Goodman, had no comment.

The singer has spent recent weeks vacationing in St. Lucia – often along side a hunky rugby player.

2007: From bar brawls to drug abuse, read about Amy’s rocky year
Mimicking Amy’s low-rent look will cost you big bucks
Read about more star marriages that ended in divorce