Libertines' bassist John Hassall gives Carl Barat advice on fatherhood

Barat says the duo chatted about families during the band's recent reunion gigs

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Carl Barat says he received advice on becoming a father from Libertines bandmate John Hassall during the band's August reunion gigs.

Barat, whose girlfriend Edie Langley is due to give birth to the couple's first child in December, said Hassall – who is already a dad – cornered him during The Libertines' rehearsal sessions.

"From the very start of rehearsals until we parted ways after the gig, John was like, 'I want to talk to you about a few things about fatherhood because I've just done it and can impart a bit of wisdom,'" Barat told BBC News.

However, Barat, who released his debut solo album this week – watch his video guide to it – jokingly added that despite Hassall's initial enthusiasm, his advice ended up being somewhat less helpful.

"We never got the chance and then, as I was getting into a taxi, he grabbed me and said: 'Oh yeah, about fatherhood... just chill out about everything.'"

Speaking about the bassist, Barat added: "That's him all over really."


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