REVEALED: How Pete Doherty’s search for a lost lump of crack cocaine led to an armed raid by police on Kate Moss’s London home
- Pete Doherty is releasing a tell-all autobiography, aptly named A Likely Lad
- His relationship with grand dame of fashion Kate Moss is a central storyline
- Kate Moss met the hellraising rock star at her 31st birthday party in 2005
- Today Doherty lives a quiet life in the French countryside with his dogs and wife
When supermodel Kate Moss met hellraising rock star Pete Doherty at her 31st birthday party in 2005, little did she know that the next two years of her life would descend into chaos.
At first they were Britain’s most talked-about celebrity couple, with their A-list party lifestyle documented daily in the tabloids.
Moss kept a dignified silence throughout, while Doherty, who at the time was the heroin-ravaged lead singer in a band called Babyshambles, also gave little away.
But now he has had a change of heart, and this week releases an autobiography that is likely to embarrass Moss, now a model grande dame who had an eye-catching role in last Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
For the first time, Doherty reveals shocking stories from their turbulent romance, which was cemented when the high-profile couple tried to travel across London incognito on a bus.
For her part, Moss has always abided by the Queen’s mantra of ‘never complain, never explain’.
When supermodel Kate Moss met hellraising rock star Pete Doherty at her 31st birthday party in 2005, little did she know that the next two years of her life would descend into chaos
Doherty, who is now overweight in a shocking contrast to his trademark gaunt look during his rock star heyday, has tried to leave his toxic past behind
He lives a quiet life in the French countryside in Normandy with wife Katia de Vidas, a fellow musician, whom he married last year
In the book, aptly named A Likely Lad, Doherty tells how he once accidentally set off a panic alarm in Moss’s bedroom at her home in St John’s Wood, North-West London, prompting 12 armed police officers to turn up at the door. He confesses that he pressed the button, which is thought to have been linked to the local police station, while looking down the side of the supermodel’s bed for a piece of crack cocaine he had lost.
Unsurprisingly, Doherty admits, Moss was not happy and the episode was one of the factors that led to the end of their tumultuous two-year affair in July 2007.
Their relationship was spontaneous – and crazy – and coincided with his shambolic days in an indie band in the mid-Noughties.
Despite this, the pair did their best to keep their affair secret. As well as the bus journeys, there were meet-ups in back rooms of London restaurants. And according to the ghost-written book, very shortly after they first met, Doherty demanded Moss get a tattoo of his initials as a sign of her devotion.
‘I insisted she get on a bus with me,’ writes Doherty. ‘She went everywhere in a limo usually. We got dressed up in disguise, put on wigs, and jumped on the bus around London. We used to have a bit of a laugh.
‘We got matching tattoos that first week, too. I think I insisted on that. I wanted her to prove her love, so I said, you’ve got to get a tattoo with my initials on, you’ve got to get branded – it was more of an insecurity thing on my part.’
It was quite a moment for Doherty, then 26, who had arrived in London from the Northumberland market town of Hexham to find fame with his band, The Libertines, though they were on hiatus throughout his romance with Moss, with Doherty forming Babyshambles.
The book promises to be ‘Doherty’s version of the story, the genuine man behind the fame and infamy, a rock memoir like no other’. It also claims that Doherty explores his darkest moments ‘with astonishing frankness – and his trademark wit and humour’.
It is certainly frank.
Kate Moss was centre stage, riding a bus with Patsy Kensit during the Platinum Pageant on June 05
Doherty’s drug-taking has plagued his career, and once led to him pleading guilty in court to seven charges of possession. He managed to avoid being jailed but was ordered to go to rehab – another regular occurrence in his relationship with Moss.
In 2005, she promised to stand by Doherty, the son of an Army Major, when he admitted himself to the Meadows rehab clinic, popular with celebrities, in Arizona.
It was just two months after Moss had been caught appearing to snort cocaine at a West London recording studio, so she was adamant he didn’t leave the clinic until he had completed his treatment.
But his trip to the US ended in yet another falling out with Moss. After he told her how miserable he was in the clinic, she said she would cheer him up by take him by helicopter over the Grand Canyon. She failed to turn up, and shortly afterwards he checked himself out. Moss then dumped him.
In an extract in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper, Doherty said: ‘When I set off for my treatment at the Meadows, I had all my drugs hidden in my luggage.’ Arriving at the clinic, he said the staff ‘found all the bits in my baggage, plus what I’d hidden inside the lining of my jeans – they really knew their stuff. It was a different vibe than UK rehab – a mix of absolutely loaded trust-fund kids and people trying to avoid federal convictions by doing rehab.
‘One guy shared in the group therapy how he was in for looking at child porn on the internet. I couldn’t handle that. I refused to be in a group with him. I was horrified.
‘After two weeks, Kate was supposed to come and visit me and take me to the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, and I got the right hump when she didn’t show up. In the end I did a runner. When Kate found out I hadn’t finished the treatment, she told me point-blank that was it, there was no way we could see each other now.
‘I said, yeah, but you were supposed to come and get me in a helicopter for a day trip to the Grand Canyon.’
Kate And Pete were Britain’s most talked-about celebrity couple, with their A-list party lifestyle documented daily in the tabloids, but their romance was turbulent and rocked by drug abuse
But unable to kick the habit of her bad-boy lover, Moss orchestrated clandestine meetings with him, often organised by her celebrity hair stylist friend James Brown. They also spent Christmas together at Moss’s ten-bedroom cottage in Oxfordshire, where they sang carols. Doherty explains that Brown would contact him from a payphone using a codeword to arrange meetings with Moss.
‘I’d have to go to this flat in Pimlico. It was like a strange tenement flat that was used for that purpose – we’d meet for the night, or for a couple of hours sometimes, but I wouldn’t be allowed to tell anyone.
‘We were attracted to each other. I really loved her and I knew she loved me – there was just all this messiness in between us, with all her chaos and my chaos.’
There was another bust-up when Doherty claims that Moss ‘covered this teddy bear of mine, called Pandy, in petrol and set him alight – it’s not funny. I used to carry him round London with me.’
The bear had been given to him by his sister as ‘a huge gesture of love and kinship’.
He also claims Moss ruined one of his favourite guitars. ‘There was one final big old kick-off,’ he writes. ‘Kate desecrated this 1930s Gibson that I had, smashed it up.’
In July 2007 they finally split up for good – just months after they had got engaged.
Doherty recalls: ‘Kate didn’t go to crack dens. She never had an interest in all that, and, if I’m honest, that’s why we broke up.’
Doherty, 43, who once scrawled ‘I love Kate 4 eva’ on the windscreen of his Jaguar after leaving a court hearing for a drug-related offence, went on to date the troubled singer Amy Winehouse.
Moss, in turn, began a relationship with Jamie Hince, a guitarist with rock band The Kills.
Moss has been quoted as saying: ‘I wish I’d never met him. He’s a user in every sense of the word.’ But nine years ago, Doherty says he received a surprise phone call from Moss while he was in Paris. He asked her if she still had the tattoo of his initials. He told the Guardian that it ‘was the only thing I could think of to say’.
Today, more than 15 years on from their first meeting, both their lives are very different.
Moss no longer drinks and is dating photographer Nikolai von Bismarck. Doherty, who is now overweight in a shocking contrast to his trademark gaunt look during his rock star heyday, has tried to leave his toxic past behind.
He has two children, Astile, 19, from a relationship with model Lisa Moorish, and a daughter he has not seen for many years since his relationship with her mother broke down, and lives in the French countryside in Normandy with wife Katia de Vidas, a fellow musician, whom he married last year.
He says: ‘It’s a quiet, simple existence. I get up before sunrise and take the dogs for a walk. Then I go back to bed at six or seven, then get up again.’
He then strolls into the village, buys a French newspaper, which he says he ‘pretends to read’, and has a coffee and a brandy at about 11am.
‘Then I go back home and maybe watch some… movies, listen to some Tony Hancock, have a siesta, walk the dogs again and go to bed.’
Which begs the question, why has he chosen to return to the limelight – something Kate Moss will probably be wondering, too.