EX-BABYSHAMBLES rocker Pete Doherty shows he’s got his life in good order on a sunny dog walk.
The singer, 42, looked rosy-cheeked and healthy — a far cry from the gaunt frame he had during years of drug abuse in the early 2000s.
Just 18 months ago, Pete was arrested in a seedy Paris suburb for buying cocaine in the street.
But the pandemic seems to have changed the star, who now lives in France with his girlfriend and Puta Madres bandmate Katia De Vidas.
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.
“He and Katia have been spending time in Étretat, a coastal town popular with visiting Parisians.
“He still has a hand in music as that’s his number one passion, of course, but going to France has allowed him to relax.
“Over the last few months he has taken his foot off the pedal and has really been enjoying his downtime.”
In his heyday, guitarist Pete, who used to front The Libertines, was also famed for his tempestuous relationships — dating the likes of model Kate Moss, tragic singer Amy Winehouse and Big Brother star Nikki Grahame.
Clearly Katia, his partner for several years, is having a positive impact. 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.”
During their stroll, responsible Pete wore a face-mask while shopping at the local store and butchers.
Later the couple were seen taking the pooch to the vet’s.
The source added: “Pete is in a good headspace at the moment and life is really positive for him.
“For those who have known Pete for years, it’s great to see him so happy in himself and the life he is building with Katia.”
Pete’s rake-like frame has changed in recent years.
In 2018 he polished off a cafe’s famed mega breakfast in his hometown of Margate, Kent — a £17.50 fry-up that contained an estimated 4,000 calories — to claim it for free.
Cafe owner Mark Ezekiel told Pete he could not give any food to his dog, to which the star replied: “It’s a £4,500 dog and I’m not giving him fried food.”
He later said of the feast: “I was starving and skint so I had a go at it.
“I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t finished it.”
In 2019, a skinny-looking Pete revealed he wore 32in-waist trousers and called interviewer Simon Hattenstone “fat” for his 34in waist.
Doherty has a son, Astile, 17, with singer Lisa Moorish, and daughter Aisling, nine, with South African model Lindi Hingston.
He has previously admitted that “part of him” would like to kick his Class A drug habit “just so I can feel things”.
He said: “There are so many people in my life who deserve better. It really is a mental deficiency.
“I’d be a force to be reckoned with (off the drugs). I’d have money and self-respect and clean hands.”
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