Pete Doherty injects drugs in front of his wife, writhes in heroin-induced stupor, is supported by ‘lover’ Amy Winehouse and shouts slurs at fans in heartbreaking scenes from new doc
The full extent of Pete Doherty’s heartbreaking drug addiction has been laid bare in new documentary Peter Doherty: Stranger In My Own Skin.
The film was shot by his wife Katia de Vidas over a decade-long period, and in upsetting scenes he is seen smoking drugs and writhing in a stupor.
A glimpse of his good friend Amy Winehouse saw the troubled star looking upon one of his gigs, in an insight into their relationship – which Pete previously alleged evolved into a romantic relationship prior to her 2011 death aged 27.
Pete, 44, is seen in the depth of his addiction – which led to a string of rehab stints and brushes with the law – with his wife, with whom he shares five-month-old daughter Billie-May, behind the lens capturing his darkest moments.
He is seen tying a tourniquet around his arm in the starting process of injecting drugs, before scenes shoot to him shouting at a crowd of adoring fans: ‘On the one hand, thank you, on the other hand… f**k you’.
Shocking: The full extent of Pete Doherty ‘s heartbreaking drug addiction has been laid bare in new documentary Peter Doherty: Stranger In My Own Skin
Pains: The film was shot by his wife Katia de Vidas over a decade-long period, and in upsetting scenes he is seen smoking drugs and writhing in a stupor
Hold on: He is seen tying a tourniquet around his arm in the starting process of injecting drugs
Belting it out: A glimpse of his good friend Amy Winehouse saw the troubled star looking upon one of his gigs, in an insight into their relationship – which Pete previously alleged evolved into a romantic relationship prior to her 2011 death aged 27
Shock: Amy and Pete’s friendship hit headlines and sparked concerns in 2008, prior to her tragic death three years later aged 27 from alcohol poisoning
Writing away: Pete was seen scrawling his thoughts on a notepad during the clip
Pete was known for his well-documented drug use and disruptive antics during the height of his career. And the singer has now revealed the brutal extent of his addiction in a new shocking documentary, filmed by his partner Katia.
Filmed over 10 years, Peter Doherty: Stranger In My Own Skin delves into the moment Pete, 44, realised he had a heroin addiction as he confesses he smuggled heroin into Japan in his guitar case.
Speaking in the film, he says: ‘Hard drugs entered my life and slowly, slowly, and then very quickly, took control.’
He took heroin for the first time in 2002 when he was just 23, yet the addiction didn’t fully take hold until he found himself sweating and sick after a journey to Japan.
After landing Pete took the heroin he had smuggled into the country and described the hit as an instant ‘bing’.
‘I felt on top of the world, felt a million dollars. I went down to the lobby, like, ‘Right, what’s going on?’ Everyone was like, “Oh Pete, you look really well”.’
Yet Pete’s addiction led to him having multiple run ins with the law and the rockstar was in and out of prison.
Now, the singer, who dated Kate Moss between 2005 to 2007, has turned his life around and is clean, living in Normandy with Katia and Billie-May.
Larking around: Pete was seen frolicking with who appeared to be his son Astile, who was born in 2003 following his romance with Lisa Moorish
Shock: He set fire to a mannequin in one raucous scene
Shocker: The graphic scenes were laid bare
Yet it was a hard journey to get there, and the documentary shows raw scenes of the frontman smoking crack cocaine and preparing to inject heroin.
Footage shows him pulling a black band around his arm as he melts the drug on a spoon above a flame, telling Katia: ‘The one thing I’m not scared of is death. I’m scared of everything else.’
The film explores the star’s crippling anxiety and drug dependency then came to a head in 2010, when The Libertines reunited for the first time in six years to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival.
The band had prior broken up after band member Carl Barât refused to play with Pete due to his drug use.
Speaking about his recovery with The Times, while promoting the film, Pete said: ‘Do I miss heroin? At the moment, I’m still in the early stages of recovery. I’m still fragile. Does it seem like it was all part of somebody else’s life?…
‘No, it feels horribly close. Maybe when it does seem like someone else’s life, I’ll find it easier to watch the scenes of me shooting up. I do wonder why I allowed Katia to use that, but I can’t even remember it happening…
‘If I’m being brutally honest, there were many years when I couldn’t imagine it would be possible to live without drugs. I talk about addiction in the film and some of my spiel sounds very profound, as if I understand it. I don’t and I don’t have answers’.
One of the clips from the show, saw Amy in the audience of one of his gigs.
Shock: Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin is now in UK cinemas
Worrying: He reflected on the dark side of his addictions
Tough: He looked pained in the scenes as he was filmed by his wife
Break ups: Pete previously described his relationship with Kate Moss in his memoir A Likely Lad, as a ‘running battle’ full of ‘highs and then crushing, violent lows’ (pictured at Glastonbury in 2005)
Back in 2012, Pete claimed his relationship with Amy was romantic, telling Mail On Sunday: ‘This is difficult for me to admit. But, yes, it’s true. 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. She had such a big heart but she was physically small and increasingly frail and I never once saw her eat anything solid, just milkshakes…
‘Well, we did lose her. There but for the grace of God go I, is what I say.’
Pete announced the movie in August, when he took to his social media to share the movie’s poster for the first time as well as the title.
In the black and white picture, a much younger Pete sits topless staring off into the distance. Pete, now clean for three and a half years, captioned the post: ‘Peter Doherty: Stranger In My Own Skin, a film by @katiadevidas…
‘Will be released exclusively in November 2023. Tickets on sale soon, stay tuned!’
Adding: ‘The film will have its world premiere at the @zurichfilmfestival followed by a live performance after the screening. See you there x’.
Katia will make her directing debut with the flick after previously working as an editor on small budget films including 2015’s Flag’s of The Old Regime and 2013’s Drive in Holy Motors.
Peter Doherty: Stranger in My Own Skin is now in UK cinemas.
Candid: Pete is pictured with his partner Katia de Vidas last month
Honest: ‘Hard drugs entered my life and slowly, slowly, and then very quickly, took control’ (pictured in 2007)
Tough times: Pete’s addiction led to him having multiple run ins with the law and the rockstar was in and out of prison (pictured in 2007 for a review of his drug treatment order)
Music: The band had prior broken up after band member Carl Barât refused to play with Pete due to his drug use (pictured together in 2009 at the NME awards)
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