Carl Barat says he avoids going online to cope with anxiety

The Libertines co-frontman opens up about his battle with depression

Carl Barat has admitted that he avoids going online as a coping mechanism to deal with anxiety.

The Libertines co-frontman said that he tries to distance himself from negative opinions that might adversely affect his mental health by staying away from the internet.

“There are varying opinions of us out there, but I have to rely what I know – not what trolls might say,” Barat told Gigwise. “If there are people interacting with us in a room, then I’ll go with that rather than some smart arse comment in a paper or online.


“If you’re dealing with anxiety then you have to come up with a coping mechanism to protect yourselves from them. Go with what you know… There’s that idea, Occam’s Razor – cut off that which you have no control over, or what you don’t know to be the absolute truth. That helps,” he added.

Barat also goes on to say that music has helped him cope with his anxiety.

“For someone with anxiety, music can give someone a voice through ideas. It can help you identify with the world and find something to be a part of. It’s such an important way to cope with anxiety and depression,” he said.

The singer and guitarist also talked about rekindling his friendship with his fellow Libertine bandmates Pete Doherty, John Hassal and Gary Powell.

“I’ve always felt like a Libertine, but since 2010 it’s been like getting my family back together,” he said.

Pete Doherty recently admitted that he was ‘frightened’ of Barat when they first met.