IF ever there was a bloke you didn’t want your daughter to date, it was Pete Doherty.
Drug addict, troubled rock star, various appearances in rehab and court … the Babyshambles singer wasn’t exactly ideal boyfriend material.
Pictures like this of Pete leaving court were common in the early 2000s – on this occasion, he was released without charge, a day after being arrested on suspicion of possessing drugsCredit: AP:Associated Press
But as The Sun revealed, the former bad boy has transformed himself and found long-term love away from the limelight.
Gone is the gaunt look of the old Pete, who was repeatedly arrested for drug offences, pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine and heroin and spent time in jail and rehab for his addictions.
Now, Pete, 42, looks far healthier and pals say he’s happier than he’s ever been now in his stable romance with musician Katia De Vidas.
Here we take a look at his rollercoaster love life from Kate Moss to Amy Winehouse and Big Brother’s Nikki Grahame, and how the wild boy has been tamed.
Pete looks healthier and happier than ever with his girlfriend Katia De Vidas and their dogCredit: Splash
Gone is the gaunt look of the old PeteCredit: Splash
The Libertines singer is adjusting to his new life in FranceCredit: Splash
The English singer-songwriter already had a convoluted love life before she met Pete.
She is mum to Liam Gallagher’s daughter, Molly Moorish, who was born in March 1998, having been conceived after the Oasis singer married Patsy Kensit.
In 2003, she gave birth to her son, Astile Louis, after having a brief fling with Pete Doherty.
Lisa Moorish is mum to Pete’s son, AstileCredit: Getty – Contributor
There were times Lisa banned Pete from seeing Astile, because of his drug habit, but after going through rehab, he became a very hands-on dad.
According to Metro in 2009, Lisa said: “Peter has on-and-off problems with his recovery so it was a really difficult decision to make. But when he came out of rehab last year, and started to get his life in order I thought the time was right. I want Astile to have a dad.”
Pete was banned from seeing his son, Astile, at times because of his drug habit but became a hands-on dadCredit: Getty
The Babyshambles singer was once named one of the coolest people in the UK by NME magazineCredit: Redferns
It was almost inevitable that this pair would get together. In 2004, Pete, then the frontman of The Libertines, was named joint first on NME magazine’s Cool List – and who could be more cool than Britain’s most famous waif?
Pete met the supermodel at her 31st birthday bash in January 2005, and soon afterwards declared that he had “really found love.”
Supermodel Kate Moss and rockstar Pete Doherty’s dramas played out in publicCredit: Getty – Contributor
In September that year, photos and footage of Kate Moss preparing cocaine emerged, leading to her being dropped by fashion houses, Burberry and H&M.
It’s difficult to understate the scandal at the time. Here was our favourite model admitting she has “various personal issues I need to address,” while Pete failed to complete a stint in rehab in Arizona, USA.
During a brief split, Pete scrawled “I love Kate 4 eva” on the windscreen of his Jaguar after leaving court on yet another drug-related offence. They reunited, attended rehab together, rowed in public, got engaged and finally split in July 2007, all very much in public view.
At one point, Pete called her a “nasty old rag” in an interview and said their relationship was like “the Vietnam war.”
The pair were briefly engaged in 2007 before splitting for goodCredit: PA:Press Association
It was during one of their splits and despite what he said, he added: “I love her with all my heart. I like the way she walks and talks. I love her bones. I love her brains.”
There was even a portrait of Kate drawn in Pete’s blood that sold for £5,000 last year.
Kate, 47, went onto marry and divorce Jamie Hince, guitarist with The Kills, and is now dating German aristocrat and photographer, Count Nikolai von Bismarck.
It was an unlikely duo, but Big Brother Seven housemate Nikki Grahame was reported to have had a tryst with the junkie rocker days after rekindling his romance with Kate Moss, in 2006.
Pete reportedly serenaded Nikki with his guitar in his needle-strewn flat and smoked crack cocaine in front of her.
Nikki, who was just 24 at the time, met Pete during a night out at London’s celeb haunt, Boujis.
Her ex-flatmate Laula Lavin, 21, told The People: “She’d had a lot to drink and they ended up going back to his place in Notting Hill, just the two of them. He got his guitar out and started singing to her.
Big Brother housemate Nikki Grahame thought Pete was “really sweet”Credit: Getty
“Nikki thought he was really sweet and caring but his flat was disgusting. There were needles everywhere and it was filthy.”
Nikki later confessed she had worked as a £500-an-hour escort and Pete booked her weeks before the Channel 4 reality show began.
She told MailOnline: “He was my first booking. He often used the agency. I went round to a flat in London. It was a complete s*** hole full of other druggies playing guitars and just hanging out.
“I ended up snogging him but we didn’t have full sex. He was so wasted on drugs he wasn’t capable.”
Months after he and Kate finally called it quits on their relationship, Pete popped the question to model and singer Irina Lăzăreanu.
Irina’s career was actually kick-started by Kate, who chose her as the cover model for an issue of Vogue: Paris and made her the face of her TopShop clothing line.
Pete met Irina when she was 15 and they dated on two separate occasionsCredit: Getty
In fact, this was the second time she and Pete were engaged. They had previously dated in 2004, prior to Pete’s romance with Kate.
The pair met while the teenage Romanian-Canadian was at ballet school in London. She then toured with Babyshambles in 2004 and helped Pete write his song, La Belle et la Bête.
Another model to add to Pete’s catwalk of girlfriends.
The South African beauty successfully sued a newspaper for claiming she had an affair with Pete in 2007.
Then, in 2012, she revealed she had given birth to his daughter, Aisling on Boxing Day the previous year.
Lindi, pictured with Pete’s daughter Aisling, in 2012Credit: Getty
It’s not known if the pair were in a relationship.
A week after Lindi’s revelation, Pete said: “The little girl was two months premature. I said I’d try to be there for the birth… Yeah, she’s mine.”
If ever there was a car crash relationship, surely it must have been this troubled pair.
A year after the Back to Black singer’s death in 2011, Pete revealed the turbulent details behind their tryst.
Two troubled souls, Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty enjoyed a brief flingCredit: Rex
He said: “Amy and I were lovers. I loved her then and, well, I still do today.
“But towards the end, as only lovers can, she became quite mean and cruel to me. She didn’t suffer fools . . . and believe me, she had a mean right hook.”
Amy, of course, had her own, very public, problems with drug abuse. The Grammy award died from alcohol poisoning on July 23rd, 2011, aged just 27.
Pete fled to Paris in 2011 because he believed Amy’s ghost was haunting his London flat.
In March 2015, he released his single, Flags of the Old Regime, written as a tribute to the late star. All proceeds were given to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to give young people a better understanding of drug and alcohol misuse.
Katia De Vidas
The French lifestyle certainly seems to suit Pete.
New pictures reveal the singer looks unrecognisable now. Pete lives in France with his girlfriend and Puta Madres bandmate Katia De Vidas.
Katia shows off their love on InstagramCredit: Instagram/katiadevidas
A source close to him said: “While lockdown has been tough for so many people, Pete is honestly the happiest he’s ever been.
“He used to live a fast-paced, hedonistic lifestyle. He was the epitome of rock and roll. But the relaxed pace of life suits him more.”
The pair, who live in Paris and have been together for several years, have been enjoying time together in the coastal town of Étretat, a coastal town in Normandy. popular with visiting Parisians.
The source added: “They spend lots of time cooking and walking the dog. It’s a very genteel lifestyle in comparison to the way he used to live.
“Pete is in a good headspace at the moment and life is really positive for him.”
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