He says he's addicted to heroin and crack cocaine - but he's desperate to get clean...
Troubled Libertines star PETE DOHERTY today (August 12) admitted he is addicted to heroin and crack cocaine.
The news comes just a day after Doherty, 24, pleaded guilty in court to burgling estranged bandmate Carl Barat’s London flat and stealing thousands of pounds worth of electrical and musical equipment.
Today he told London’s Evening Standard newspaper that he had problems with drugs – but was determined to clean himself up and begin recording again with Libertines.
He said: “Yes I’m a heroin addict, yes I’m addicted to crack cocaine, and I don’t know what to do.”
He continued: “When I was arrested for burglary, they found traces of opiates and crack cocaine in my blood. I’m all cut up, unsure, I don’t know what I’m doing, I need a good kicking and I need some help.”
Of the break-in, Doherty said: “I went to speak to Carlos about how I had a drummer and bass player living on my floor. They are on the dole and I needed to pay them because they are musicians. I was going down to Carlos’s to say I can’t pay them out of my own money and I found myself shouting at him and it turned out I was arguing with my reflection.
“When I realised, I booted the door in. I was engulfed by complete misery and despair. It wasn’t revenge. It was more ‘Why are you ignoring me?’ – a cry from the darkness. I do feel remorse, I feel sick.”
According to the report, Libertines’ record label, Rough Trade, paid for Doherty, who says he is £300,000 in debt, to visit rehab earlier this summer so he could clean up and rejoin the band. But he left after a few days.
“You don’t go to rehab, you just kick it. It’s got to come from within,” he added.
But Doherty, who became a father four weeks ago, says his differences with Barat are not about drugs but their approach to recording.
“Carlos is happy to record an album, promote it for a certain amount of time. I can’t do that, I need to write songs,” he said.
Despite admitting he enjoys the effects of hard drugs, Doherty said he realised his addiction would kill him if he didn’t get help.
Yesterday at Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, he admitted carrying out the burglary on 25 July. He will be sentenced on 8 September.
Check out NME’s interview with Carl Barat in this week’s issue, out today (August 12) in London and tomorrow nationwide.