Pete Doherty: 'I'm struggling with drug addiction'

Singer also opens up about his time in prison last year

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Pete Doherty has admitted that he is currently "struggling" in his battle with drug addiction.

The former Libertines man, who is currently promoting his new film Confession Of A Child Of The Century, has spoken frankly about his ongoing problems and how he coped with his habit during the making of the film.

Asked by the Guardian how he coped on set and if he hid it from the film's director, the singer replied: "I couldn't hide it from her. She didn't really care. It was just a question of how quickly I can find a vein and then let's get on with it. It's poison but it's also medicine. When you're in that state, you can't function unless you have your fix."

Then asked if he was clean now, Doherty replied by saying: "I am struggling, to be honest."

Doherty also spoke about his time in prison last year, which lasted around four months, labeling it a "aggressive, money-oriented" environment.

He said of this: "It's horrible, horrible. There are lots of aggressive, money-oriented, very masculine people, but at the same time, there is really nasty homoerotic violence. It's not the place to be if you are a freethinking man."

Then asked how he'd got on with the prison guards, he added: "They enjoyed it, seeing me vulnerable. I was getting a lot of mail from kids saying: 'Pete, I love your songs. I love your poetry'. They were having to sit and read this. It was winding them up because they had this idea I was this scumbag drug addict and I am getting these letters saying what a talented songwriter I am. They didn't like it. So they put me in with the nastiest, most horrible bloke you could imagine. But it turned out he was a big music fan and he didn't like bullies."

Doherty is currently recording a new studio album and confirmed to NME this week that he has seven confirmed songs, which he is working on with producer Adem Hilmi. They are titled 'Bird Cage', 'Down For The Outing', 'Siberian Fur', 'Nothing Comes To Nothing', 'Shine A Light On Your Misery', 'Ba Ba Ba' and 'Dust On The Road'.

To read a new interview with Doherty in which he opens up about the new album, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

Pete Doherty is playing at this year's T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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