The news is not good for Pete Doherty. The Libertines star made rather worrying confidences to journalist Louis Theroux about his state of health. “You are looking at a very sick man before you,” he said during the interview on BBC iPlayers. “I’ve really damaged this body, haven’t I? I fucking caned him,” he added.
The musician admitted that years of drug and alcohol abuse had a significant impact on his health. “Heroin and crack…I fell into that. Then it was cocaine, cigarettes and alcohol, and now it’s cheese and sausage, and sugar in tea… all this must disappear,” adds the man who now lives in Normandy with his wife, Katia DeVidas. and their six-month-old daughter.
“It’s a real waste”
During part of this episode of Louis Theroux Interviews on BBC iPlayer, the singer stood up to take a sip from a bottle of rum, before starting to cough and beat his chest. The Babyshambles frontman explains that his doctors warned him. “They told me not long ago: if you don’t change your diet, you will have diabetes and cholesterol problems… Death is waiting for me, you know what I mean? That’s why I have this cane. »
What keeps Pete Doherty going are his three children, notably the youngest, barely six months old, Billie-May, whom he wants to see “grow up and start a family of her own” even if he thinks that staying 25 more years would be “a bit of an exaggeration”.
As for those who would be tempted to take his younger years as an example to follow, he strongly advises them against it. “My life as a consumer was so chaotic… You go to jail, you ruin your body, you’re broke, you lose your family and everything you love. Is it worth it ? It’s no longer curiosity, it’s a real waste,” he confides.
Although he is now sober, Pete Doherty is still under treatment. He explains that he still takes medication that prevents heroin from working in the event of a relapse. “Maybe in ten years, I will be able to speak with pride about my abstinence,” hopes the one who cannot yet declare victory.
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