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.
Having temporarily placed the Libertines behemoth into hibernation until they've got some new material to share, Pete Doherty has been busy writing and performing both on his own and, latterly, more with his relatively new band, The Puta Madres. After closing out the summer festival season with their 'Sharrabang' at Wheels & Fins, Pete, Carl, Gary and John have been putting the finishing touches to their new hotel and studio in Margate, which, coincidentally, is where Doherty and The Puta Madres found themselves on St. Valentine's Day.
As part of their 'Who's Been Having You Over?' tour, and ahead of the release of an eponymous new album, Peter Doherty's latest band played at Fort Road Yard, Margate; a venue within a (very good!) stone's throw of the sea and just up from the Old Town. Now, to say the venue was unique would be underplaying it. I've seen Pete play the Royal Albert Hall solo, play to thousands at various festivals, and last year he and the Libertines even played the hallowed Royal Festival Hall for Robert Smith's Meltdown. To say this was at the opposite end of the scale would require a scale of massive proportions.
In a building that you could either describe as having plenty of character or verging on derelict, depending on which estate agent you'd spoken to, a leaner looking Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres put on quite a show. Where usually there may have stood a set of tea cup seats, a booth from a waltzer or a retro pinball machine, there now stood an improvised stage and about two hundred very lucky gig goers. In the main room of the vintage fairground and theme park inspired emporium, the Albion sailed on.
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.
The week's music news rounded up.
Liam Payne ANNOUNCES NEW MUSIC
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.
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.
Pete 'n' Carl of The Libertines
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.
They will then hit Nottingham’s Rock City on September 7th, followed by Bristol’s O2 Academy, then London’s Electric Ballroom before finishing on September 11th at Manchester’s Ritz. The small shows are the band’s first club gigs since 2004.
Having been spotted without each other in recent months, the model and her rock star husband are reportedly about to divorce, according to those close to the couple.
The British supermodel and her rock musician husband got married in July 2011, but have now each told their close friends that their relationship is now beyond repair just four years later, with Hince now simply waiting for Moss to “move forward” with the formal divorce proceedings.
Jamie Hince and Kate Moss are on the verge of breaking up for good
Continue reading: Kate Moss And Jamie Hince's Marriage "Past The Point Of No Return"
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.
The Libertines taking to the stage at Glastonbury in June 2015
Continue reading: The Libertines Confirm Release Date For Long Awaited Third Album
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.
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 Bracket 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.
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.
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat will return at the T in the Park festival in the summer
The group formed by Pete Doherty and Carl Barat In 1997 reunited last summer with two sold out shows at Glasgow's Barrowlands before playing to 60,000 in Hyde Park, London.
Continue reading: The Libertines Announced As Headliners For 'T In The Park'
After a series of reunion gigs this year, The Libertines have confirmed they're working on a third album and have signed a new record deal.
Quintessential noughties British indie group The Libertines have signed to a major label to release a long-awaited third album. In news reported by the NME, The band have made a deal with Virgin EMI, and have pencilled in the album’s release for 2015.
Speaking in a statement from the Thai island of Ko Si Chang where the deal was signed, the Libs’ Pete Doherty said "I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. It was a beautiful day." His co-frontman Carl Barât added: "After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, I couldn't be more excited."
After over ten years, The Libertines will release a new album in 2015
Continue reading: The Libertines Announce Third Album
Date of birth
12th March, 1979