Pete Doherty

Estranged Libertine Pete Doherty has given a newspaper interview where he admitted to being “addicted to crack” – but distanced himself from the comments.

In the week of Doherty pleaded guilty to the bulgary of Carl Barât’s flat, he was interviewed for London’s Evening Standard.

The article, headlined “I burgled my friend’s flat because I’m a crack addict”, quoted him as saying, “Yes, I’m a heroin addict, yes, I’m addicted to crack cocaine, and I don’t know what to do”.

“When I was arrested they found traces of opiates and crack cocaine in my blood. I’m all cut up, unsure, I don’t know what I’m doing, I need a good kicking and I need some help”.

Pete Doherty said his comments about drugs were taken out of context. “They blew it out of all proportion”, he claimed. “I talked to this girl for five hours and she just took this little bit”.

Doherty, who was rehearsing his new band Babyshambles, told he will not appear with The Libertines at the Carling Weekend Reading and Lees festival, unless he’s invited. He hasn’t played with The Libertines since failing to turn up for a European tour earlier in the summer.

“If we’re invited, we’ll turn up – I tried to turn up to Glastonbury and I was told I wasn’t welcome”, Doherty claimed. “If they asked me to play with them again it would really confuse me because I don’t feel any different to when they said they didn’t want to play with me”.

Pete Doherty is best known for being co-frontman of the Libertines, which he formed with Carl Barât in 1997. His other musical project is indie band Babyshambles. In 2005, he became prominent in tabloids, the news media, and pop culture blogs because of his romantic relationship with model Kate Moss and his frequently-publicised drug addictions.

© NME 23 August 2003

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