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Pete Doherty: 'I've stopped injecting drugs'

Former Libertines man also confirms he's the father of South African model Lindi Hingston's daughter

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Pete Doherty has claimed that he has stopped injecting drugs.

The former Libertines rocker told The Independent that he had been inspired to clean up his act by his new girlfriend.

Doherty, who revealed he had been receiving treatment at a walk-in clinic and was using the pharmaceutical opiate called Subutex, which he referred to as "Posh and Becks", to suppress his withdrawal symptoms, said:
I've stopped injecting. The only way I can see myself in a serious relationship is if I am toning it down a bit. When you're banging up all day you can't really have someone else in your life, especially if she's an English rose. I wouldn't let her touch anything. I just wouldn't.

The singer also revealed that Amy Winehouse had drawn a self-portrait using her own blood for his new art exhibition 'On Blood: A Portrait of the Artist', which will run at London's Cobb Gallery from February 26 to March 4. "She was on the phone to her dad when she did that," he revealed. "She said, 'Dad, I'm with Pete and he's making me draw with my blood!' He didn't like me much, her dad."

The Babyshambles man also confirmed rumours that he was the father of South African model Lindi Hingston's baby. Doherty, who already fathered a son, Astile, with Kill City singer Lisa Moorish in 2003, said he had been upset that Hingston had sold her story to a newspaper, adding: "I'm really surprised she's done that [talked to a newspaper]. The little girl was two months premature. I said I'd try to be there for the birth.

Pete Doherty recently returned to live action in London, playing two solo acoustic shows at Brixton Jamm last month and a gig at Nambucca earlier this month (February 5).

The shows saw him play a number of new songs, including 'Siberian Fur', a collaboration with long-time cohort Wolfman and 'Bird Cage', which featured the vocals of singer Suzi Martin.
Backstage with Peter Doherty
Video: Backstage with Peter Doherty

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