Pete Doherty has opened up about his sobriety, saying his ‘old life’ ‘collapsed’ after he gave up drugs.
The Libertines frontman has been drug-free for two years after struggling with addictions to heroin, crack and ketamine for two decades.
Doherty currently resides in Étretat, France, and has said being away from the UK has limited his heroin supply and encouraged him to get clean.
Speak with The IDoherty said: “Once lockdown hit it was a nightmare to come back [to the UK]. I was also banned from driving and was on probation anyway. And besides, I was physically fucked. All of these things made me want to try and make a clean cut. So I did it and just stuck with it.
“It was a big, big move,” he continued. “It took me a long time to settle down, just the idea of being able to live without heroin. I consumed so much and it was part of the ritual of being creative.
“Everything was built around consumption, so my old life really broke down. I bugged myself with the guitar. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do anymore.”
Doherty’s new album, The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crimeis a collaboration with French artist Frédéric Lo and is available now.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/pete-doherty-librertines-heroin-addiction-b2038830.html It took me a long time to settle down, just the idea of being able to live without heroin