Pete Doherty Reveals Affair With Amy Winehouse

By Chrisanne Grise 11/26/12

The rock star and addict speaks out on Kate Moss, crack and his "explosive romance" with Amy Winehouse.

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Pete Doherty, frontman of The Libertines—who is at least as famous for his drug addictions and turbulent past relationship with Kate Moss—has been talking about a secret affair he had with Amy Winehouse. “This is difficult for me to admit, but, yes, it’s true. Amy and I were lovers,” he says. “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." Doherty—who went through a highly public relationship with Moss that "ended nastily" in 2007—hasn't spoken about his affair with Winehouse before. But he’s making up for lost time: “She came back to my hotel after the Libertines reunion warm-up gig at the Forum in Kentish Town [London] in August 2010, but she had two huge bouncers with her,” he says. “I told her she would have to leave them outside in the corridor, but she looked at me despairingly and said, ‘I can’t!’ Amy couldn’t step outside her front door without a mob of about 30 blokes thrusting cameras at her. If you then include crack in the equation, it becomes a real killer—especially as Amy didn’t do things by halves. Smoking crack leaves you tense and paranoid and if you’re already in that environment, it would drive anyone to the brink of madness.” Doherty also discusses Winehouse's other health problems: “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.” Doherty has apparently written a song about Winehouse for his new album.

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Chrisanne Grise is a multimedia journalist specializing in health/fitness, lifestyle, travel, bridal, and music. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Parents, FitnessMagazine, Fisher Price, Bridal Guide, Scholastic's Choices,,, and more. She is the Senior Editor at The New York Times Upfront. Follow her on Linkedin and Twitter.