The star tells NME he doesn't want to be in the band without his dear friend...

Libertines’ CARL BARAT has said that he does not want to be in the band without estranged guitarist and friend PETE DOHERTY.

Both Carl and Pete have given exclusive individual interviews to NME, opening their hearts about each other, drugs, death threats and the future of the band.

The interviews are in this week’s issue which is out nationwide today (July 21) with two collector’s edition covers – one featuring Pete, the other, Carl.

Asked whether Libertines can go on without Pete, Carl reveals: “It’s not ‘Can they’, it’s ‘Will they’?… I want to be in a band with my friend. That’s all I can say to that. And that I don’t think I want to be in a band called Libertines if he’s not in it, in the long term.”

Talking about his decision to continue touring without Pete due his addiction to drugs, Carl, says: “We couldn’t just carry on the way it was going. Peter was going to die or someone was going to get killed.”

In Pete’s interview, he tells NME about his estrangement from the band, his plans for the future, and his drug use, saying: “Libertines are forever but… I think (Carl) needs a wee bit of space, he’s under a lot of pressure. I know he believes in music.”

The guitarist also denies recent tabloid reports that he is spending £1,000 a day on drugs, saying, “I’ve never spent £1,000 a day on heroin, you’ll die.”

For the full interviews and to find out why Libertines are the most important band of our generation be sure to get this week’s edition of NME.