Pete Doherty

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

12th March, 1979







Pete Doherty (born March 12, 1979) is an English musician, artist, published writer and poet. He is currently the singer/songwriter in the band Babyshambles, although broke through with The Libertines.

Doherty has become well known because of the media's keen interest in his romantic relationship with supermodel Kate Moss and well-publicised drug abuse.

Early life: Doherty grew up at a number of army garrisons due to his father being an officer in the British Army. He lived at various garrisons including Catterick, Belfast and even in Germany.

He was academically successful, achieving 11 GCSEs, 5 of which were A* grades, four passes at A Level, two at grade A.

After his A-levels, he moved to his grandmother's flat in London and got a job filling graves in Willesden Cemetery, although most of his time was spent reading and writing while sitting on gravestones.

Career: Doherty and Carl Barât formed a band called The Libertines in the late '90s, although it was not until 2002, with the release of their debut album 'Up the Bracket' that they began to achieve mainstream success.

Praised by fans and critics alike as one of the most promising bands to emerge on the British music scene for years, Doherty's increasing drug problems led to his estrangement from the band - when in 2003, he was jailed for burgling Barât's flat.

However, while post-production work was taking place on the second Libertines album (also called The Libertines) in June 2004, Doherty was again asked to leave the band. The band cited Doherty's continuing drug addiction as the reason for his dismissal, but emphasised their willingness to take him back once he had addressed his addiction, although the band disbanded in 2004.

Babyshambles: Doherty founded Babyshambles towards the end of his time with The Libertines. The group has released two studio albums, 'Down in Albion', in November 2005 and 'Shotters Nation' in October 2007.

As well as albums they also released 'The Blinding EP' on 9 December 2006.

Drug abuse and legal problems: Doherty has been repeatedly arrested for drug offences and those arising from drug misuse, such as driving under the influence, car theft, and driving with a suspended licence. He has pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine. His addictions have resulted in jail time and multiple trips to rehabilitation facilities.

Personal life: Doherty has had a tempestuous relationship with Kate Moss. They met in January 2005 at Moss' 31st birthday party and have had an on-off relationship since.

Doherty planned to marry Moss during the summer of 2007, although they broke up before they did.

In October 2007 Doherty was briefly engaged to fashion model Irina Lazareanu.

Doherty has a son named Astile Louis Doherty (born Camden, London, 2003), with singer Lisa Moorish.

Trivia: At the age of 16, he won a poetry competition and embarked on a tour of Russia organised by the British Council.

Doherty was voted joint #1 in NME's 2004 Cool List, along with fellow Libertine Carl Barât.

Pete Doherty Accused Of Letting His Dogs Savage A Neighbour's Cat To Death

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 16 November 2018

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The Libertines singer is said to have let his two husky dogs maul a neighbour's cat to death in Margate this week.

Pete Doherty has been accused of not intervening to prevent his two husky dogs from “savaging” a neighbour’s cat to death.

The Libertines singer and songwriter, 39, is alleged to have let his pets off their lead while walking them in Margate on Monday morning (November 12th), shortly before they attacked and killed a neighbour’s eight year old rescue cat, named Archie.

According to Archie’s owner, retired nurse Penny Ward, the star’s dogs shook her cat “like a rag doll for ten minutes” as Doherty failed to act.

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Music News Round-Up: Liam Payne EP, Snoop Dogg Cookbook And Pete Doherty Gastro-Antics

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 26 August 2018

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The week's music news rounded up.


Months after his much-publicised split from Cheryl, pop star Liam Payne has announced details of a new EP, titled First Time, which will be released on August 24th.

A four-track release, First Time contains songs called ‘Home With You’, ‘Depend On It’, ‘Slow’ and its title track featuring French Montana. Payne was also spotted filming a new music video in New York's Central Park this week.

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Pete Doherty and Carl Barât of The Libertines performing at Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden - Friday 12th August 2016

Peter Doherty - British singer/songwriter Peter Doherty performing at the Hackney Empire on Thursday 5th May 2016 (Photos by Ian Bines/WENN) at Hackney, Hackney Empire - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th May 2016

Pete Doherty - Pete Doherty performs at the Barrowland Ballroom at Barrowlands - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Friday 13th May 2016

The Libertines, Carl Barat , Pete Doherty - The Libertines perform at Manchester Arena at Manchester Arena - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 23rd January 2016

The Libertines Postpone Two Gigs After Rumoured No-Show By Pete Doherty In London

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 11 September 2015

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Last night's gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom was cancelled two hours after it was due to start, with tonight's date in Manchester also postponed.

Some things never change. The Libertines, those glorious screw-ups of the mid-noughties, cancelled their headline show in London last night two hours after they were due on stage, citing a “medical emergency” as the reason for the postponement.

Their gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom on Thursday (September 10th) was part of a hastily arranged mini-tour of small venues around Britain announced just after their well-received headline sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals at the end of August, in order to celebrate the release of their long-awaited third album Anthems For Doomed Youth, released on Friday.

Image caption Pete 'n' Carl of The Libertines

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The Libertines Announce Week Of Small Shows Following Triumphant Reading Set

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 01 September 2015

Carl Barat Ed Harcourt Leeds & Reading Festival

The band will be celebrating the release of new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ with a week of small shows.

The Libertines have announced a string of small live dates to celebrate the release of their new album Anthems For Doomed Youth on September 11th. The band will play five shows over the course of the week, with the first taking place on Monday (September 6th) at the Academy in Glasgow.

Image caption Jamie Hince and Kate Moss are on the verge of breaking up for good

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The Libertines Confirm Release Date For Long Awaited Third Album

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 02 July 2015

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Their first album in more than ten years will be out on September 4th.

It’s the moment for which the indie world’s been waiting for over a decade – the third album by The Libertines has a title and release date! Anthems For Doomed Youth, their first since their acrimonious split 11 years ago, will be available on September 4th via Virgin EMI.

The new album will be the first new material since their 2004 self-titled chart-topping LP, just before which co-songwriter and singer Pete Doherty was ejected from the band for his burgeoning heroin addiction. The group soldiered on with Anthony Rossomondo in his place in order to fulfil their summer festival appearances, but disbanded in December that year.

Image caption The Libertines taking to the stage at Glastonbury in June 2015

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The Libertines Play Secret Set Of Old And New Material On Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 27 June 2015

Carl Barat Glastonbury Festival Ed Harcourt

Pete and Carl were together again at Glastonbury as a surprise addition to Friday’s line-up.

The Libertines were the very welcomed surprise on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage yesterday evening, filling in the empty slot left when Florence + The Machine stepped up to headline in place of Foo Fighters. The reunited four piece, who will soon be releasing their third album, treated the crowd to a mix of classic tracks and some new material during the performance, which began at around 8.30pm.

Image caption The Libertines’ Peter and Carl sharing the mic at Glastonbury.

Minutes before the band appeared on stage a banner featuring the artwork of their 2002 debut album _Up the Bracke_t was unveiled, announcing their imminent arrival. Both the band and Glastonbury organisers managed to keep the appearance a secret until the last minute, with the group landing at the site via helicopter just hours before.

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The Libertines Announced As Headliners For 'T In The Park'

By Michael West in Music / Festivals on 30 January 2015

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The Libertines are heading back to Scotland this summer.

The Libertines have been announced as headliners for this year's T In The Park music festival in Perthshire. The reunited indie rockers are the first act to be confirmed for the festival, which takes place between 10 and 12 July.

Image caption After over ten years, The Libertines will release a new album in 2015

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Pete Doherty Back In Thai Rehab To Kick Heroin Addiction

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 November 2014

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Pete Doherty has checked into rehab in Thailand and wants to help other addicts kick their habit.

The Libertines man Pete Doherty has checked into a rehabilitation centre in Thailand, just two years after he was asked to leave a similar facility. Doherty is attempting to kick his heroin addiction and wants to help "other struggling addicts."

Pete Doherty is back in rehab in Thailand

According to a statement provided to NME, Hope Rehab boss Simon Mott convinced Doherty to check into his centre near Bangkok. Mott previously worked at the Cabin - the centre that the musician attended in 2012 before being asked to leave due to disruptive behaviour.

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Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty Sunday 18th May 2008 Amy Winehouse arrives at Millwall football club to watch Pete Doherty play in the Soccer Six charity game London, England