Carl Barât says he ‘needs therapy’ now that his Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty is clean

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Barât said he will 'work on depression' so he can be happy

Carl Barat has revealed that he thinks he “needs” to have therapy now that his Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty “is doing such a good job” kicking his heroin addiction.

In an interview with Loaded, whose 250th issue is available now, Barât spoke about trying to tackle the depression that overshadows his otherwise positive life.

“I’ve got loads to appreciate. I have to pinch myself all the time, and I’m forever touching wood hoping my luck will continue,” he said. “With The Libertines back together, I’ve finally got the chance to achieve everything I want. But this is why I need to go to therapy. It’s all amazing, so why am I not yet happy?”

Barât continued: “Pete’s doing such a good job with his therapy and cleanness, it’d be silly of me not to take this opportunity to work on myself a bit as well. With children and a family, I need to get better. I’m going to work on depression, because it’s not ideal.”

He also insisted that Doherty going clean wasn’t indicative of a new ”boring” Libertines. ”The drugs just magnified our behaviour. I don’t think we’ll all become boring just because Pete is well again, as we’re all so chaotic anyway. I can take or leave the drugs… though I’ve just had a flashback to behaving like an idiot last night,” he said.

Asked if the group will stay sober on the road to support Doherty, he added: ”It’s down to what works best for Pete, really.”

Yesterday, it was reported that Carl Barât had returned from his trip to Thailand where he was writing new Libertines material with Doherty. “Glad to be back in Blighty, proud of what we’ve written in Thailand so far, back out there again soon, mind you,” Barât tweeted.

The Libertines plan to release their new album this year. The band released a short video in December that showed them signing a record deal with Virgin/EMI in Thailand in lieu of the release. Barât had previously stated that he was visiting Doherty in Thailand and that the pair had “five new tunes on the workbench”.