Pete Doherty

Biography

Pete Doherty

Peter 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

The Libertines

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.

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7th July 2014 -

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The Libertines Bring Back The Good Old Days At London Hyde Park Reunion Show

6th July 2014 -

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The Libertines Reunite For Hits-Laden Hyde Park Warm Up In Glasgow

30th June 2014 -

 News

The Libertines reunited over the weekend for a high energy show in Glasgow, as warm up for their massive reunion show at Hyde Park next weekend. The band, Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, bass player...

Alex Turner To "Dust Off Tunic" For The Libertines Reunion Shows

25th June 2014 -

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Alex Turner said he would ‘relish’ the opportunity to see the newly-reformed Libertines perform live - suggesting he might even ‘knock the dust off his old tunic’ in support of the indie icons. Both Turner...

The Libertines' Hyde Park Reunion: Can We Expect The Good Old Days?

3rd May 2014 -

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Today, tickets for The Libertines’ Hyde Park reunion gig this July went on sale. Since the announcement that Peter Doherty and Carl Barat were reuniting for the summer festival it’s been hard to properly assess...

The Libertines' Hyde Park Gig Opposed By Hyde Park Residents

26th April 2014 -

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Carl Barat has issued a pragmatic response to those opposing The Libertines’ comeback gig at Hyde Park in early July. “If people are concerned about noise they shouldn't have moved to Hyde Park,” he said....

Carl Barat And Pete Doherty Reunite The Libertines For British Summer Time Festival

25th April 2014 -

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Pete Doherty and Carl Barât will reunite their band The Libertines to perform a one-off show in Hyde Park this summer. The gig will be part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time concerts scheduled to...

The Libertines To Reform for Big Money Hyde Park Show?

22nd April 2014 -

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The Libertines look set to reunite for a gig at Hyde Park, following a post on the band's official Facebook page. Singer Pete Doherty also gave a recent interview in which he said he planned...

Kate Moss' 40th Birthday Marked By New Biography Release

16th January 2014 -

 News

Kate Moss turned 40-years-old today (16 January) and the party-loving supermodel of course had no shortage of plans to help her see in the momentous occasion. Moss isn't the only one celebrating the occasion either,...

Pete Doherty quizzed by son on drug use

1st August 2013 -

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Pete Doherty's son asks him about his drug use.The troubled Babyshambles singer, who admits he still uses heroin, worries that he isn't a more positive role model for his nine-year-old son Astile and is even...

Pete Doherty: 'I'm Not Living With Macaulay Culkin'

31st July 2013 -

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British rocker Pete Doherty has denied reports he is sharing a home with former Hollywood child star Macaulay Culkin.The former Libertines frontman moved to Paris, France in 2009 in a desperate bid to escape his...

Pete Doherty To Return To Thai Rehab

24th July 2013 -

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British rocker Pete Doherty is planning a second stint at a rehab clinic in Thailand after failing to quit drugs during his first stay there last year (12).The former Libertines frontman, who has battled substance...

Kate Moss Opens Up On Her 90s Heroin Chic Tag and Anorexia

16th July 2013 -

 News

For many, Kate Moss has been at the cutting edge of fashion for over two decades now, and for some, she’s a bad example for feminism and freedom of choice. During the 90s, she was...

A Week In Music, Justin Timberlake's 'Rude' Video, Dinosaur Pile-Up's Promising Second Album And Babyshambles Make A 'Sequel'

8th July 2013 -

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A week in music videos... It may have received bad press recently what with the video being banned from YouTube for its nude content and such, but Justin Timberlake's new song 'Tunnel Vision' is a...

Shambles: Pete Doherty To Sell Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss' Fag Ends

27th June 2013 -

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Um...eww! Pete Doherty has announced plans to sell the random celebrity tat his friends haven't bothered to bin when they're round at his, according to an interview with NME. "I've got fag butts that belong...

Yep, You Heard Us Right: Babyshambles Announce New UK Tour

29th April 2013 -

 News

It’s been six years since a Babyshambles album and a good couple since they headed around the UK on tour. Have we missed them? No, not really, even despite Pete Doherty’s middling solo efforts. In...

"I'm Trying": Pete Doherty Attempting To Beat Drug Problems In Paris

3rd December 2012 -

 News

Even though most of the world never really cared much about The Libertines in the first place, the British press still can’t get enough of the goings on of the short-lived indie group’s main protagonists...

"I Loved Amy Winehouse" - Pete Doherty Reveals Love Affair With The Late Singer

25th November 2012 -

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Pete Doherty has revealed, in an intimate interview with the Daily Mail, that he once had an affair with Amy Winehouse and claims that he is still in love with the singer, who died last...

Pete Doherty And Carl Barat To Rejoin Forces

1st July 2012 -

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After readmitting himself into rehab on a Thai retreat, Pete Doherty looks to be willing to reclaim some sense of productivity once he returns. Despite pulling out of his scheduled T in the Park performance...

Pete Doherty Confirms Charlotte Gainsbourg Romance

11th April 2012 -

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British rocker Pete Doherty has confirmed he struck up a romance with actress Charlotte Gainsbourg after they met on the set of their new movie project.The Babyshambles star appears alongside the Antichrist actress in Confession...

Pete Doherty's New Girlfriend Motivated Him To Stop Heroin Use

17th February 2012 -

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Pete Doherty has revealed that he has stopped injecting heroin in the wake of him becoming a father for the second time.The Libertines frontman, in an interview with The Independent, has said that it is...

Winehouse Ghost Haunting Pete Doherty's London Home

15th November 2011 -

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The ghost of Amy Winehouse is haunting the London home of rocker Pete Doherty, leading the former Libertines man to flee to Paris. The 32-year-old has told friends he can no longer live in the...

Carl Barat To Be A Dad

6th August 2010 -

 News

Carl Barat is to become a father.The Libertines frontman's girlfriend Edie Langley is expecting her first child with the rocker later this year and it is believed the new arrival will be a boy.A friend...

Pete Doherty 'Broke'

18th May 2010 -

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Pete Doherty is "completely broke".The Babyshambles rocker - who has a history of drug addiction - has reportedly been forced to rent a flat in Camden, north London, to save money, while performing low-key acoustic...

Pete Doherty - Broken Love Song

27th July 2009 -

 Review

Review of Pete Doherty's single Broken Love SongPete Doherty makes for an unlikely renaissance man. As a Libertine he almost singlehandedly reconnected a nation with guitars and the ways of Merrie England, a feat achieved...

Lily Allen Escapes To Devon

27th May 2009 -

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Lily Allen is set to splash out £300,000 on a holiday home.The 'Not Fair' singer - who already owns an apartment in London - has been house-hunting in the quiet English town of Ilfracombe, Devon,...

Pete Doherty - Last of the English Roses

3rd March 2009 -

 Review

Review of Pete Doherty's single 'Last of the English Roses'Everyone's favourite mockney urchin has returned, but with disappointingly standard fare. Pete revisits his own well-trodden ground of vaguely nostalgic sentiments: Kinks-style memories of a...

Pete Doherty - Last of the English Roses

24th February 2009 -

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Last of the English Roses video from Pete DohertyPete Doherty's new single 'Last of the English Roses' is released on 9th March 2009 through Parlophone Records, this is the first single from Pete's next solo...

Walden: 'Babyshambles Had Become Drugs Circus So I Quit'

22nd January 2008 -

 News

Former BABYSHAMBLES guitarist PATRICK WALDEN has finally revealed he left the PETE DOHERTY-fronted band because of the heightened level of drug abuse. Walden quit Babyshambles in December 2005 because he was concerned at the level...

Moss 'Buys Anti-heroin Implant For Doherty'

16th July 2007 -

 News

Kate Moss has reportedly shelled out thousands of pounds on an anti-heroin implant for former boyfriend Pete Doherty.The 33-year-old split up with the singer last week after claiming he cheated on her with a South...

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sasex

Pete, if you really would want to make an attempt to change your life, and even enhance your talents, refindyourway will be happy to help you and totally anonymously.

1 year 1 month ago
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lilz

wow, pete going solo. i think he'll be great. he doesn't really need anyone else. think about it, would babyshambles have been as well known as they were if it wasn't for pete? probably not. actually it was his drug taking that got them known, so ignore that comment. what im trying to say is the guy is super talented and fingers crossed to him being a success.and i am sooooooo buying his book! can't wait.x

8 years 1 month ago
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Britta

He Ladies... What a brain crush. Are you shure that you alive?Sorry, but you haven´t the format as ROCK HUDSON and he was a gay.

7 years 11 months ago
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arcadian

libertines should get back togetherrrrrr!babyshambles and dirty pretty things obv arent as goodbut pete and carls storys well sad :(

6 years 6 months ago
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UpTheAlbion!!!

s**t! Where did you read that? Poor Pete..................................I don't know what to say there's not much really to talk about anymore.....Mmmm Pete looks lovely and clean at the moment doesn't he?!?

7 years 11 months ago
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peteslover

Yes UptheAlbion, I agree. 2 cents says the same thing over and over and over and it gets really lame. Get some new material 2 cents!

7 years 11 months ago
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skagman2

Peyeslover No dont have many pete sites but i have haerd a rumour from a friend theere could be a site coming from pete called heavyhorse but havnt heard anything back from him yet. also if you can get that book we were on about,you wont be dissapointed.It really is a good book.though im also looking forward to the book that petes mom is putting together.Also i dont really know what the american public would take to pete,people here are trying to compare him to kurt cobain(for obvious reasons)so maybe he could do well over there.Sorry us SM tend to be up rather late.But it may be early there.tied that sailthealbion it was a good site.

8 years 1 week ago
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Mamaduck

I live in the same town as Pete's parents, my heart goes out to his family. I have recently had to ask my son to leave due to alcohol & drug taking. As a mother it breaks my heart but I have done all I can to help him, he's even spent time in jail due to violence resulting from the substances that he has taken. My son adores Pete, he hasn't gone as far with the drugs as Pete has but far enough to f**k him up. My heart & best wishes goes to his family, it must be so hard for them to deal with, especially when he is so prominent in the newspapers. I really hope Pete can sort himself out, he is such an intelligent lad who deserves to show the nation that drugs can be overcome. Best wishes Doherty family.

7 years 1 day ago
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dohertyslover4ever

pete. i'm with you all the way, but it looks as though you're on the way out. another court date no show, another gig no show. you were awesome when i saw you, but you gotta keep it together. don't let the media get you down, and always be who you wanna be, wherever that may take you. I know things sometimes seem worthless, and you want a way out. But always remember, we are here for you, and whatever the media says, or whatever mistakes you make, we always will be.

8 years 2 months ago
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peteslover

It is sooo good to see that Pete finally seems to have turned a corner. Good news about his state of being for a change. No more dirty thumbs Pete!!

7 years 11 months ago
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