Pete Doherty found himself gracing the front pages in the early noughties after his drug problem escalated, with the rocker even being sentenced to time behind bars.
However, the musician lived a much quieter life during his earlier years before launching The Libertines with pal Carl Barât who was his sister's classmate at Brunel University.
The pair launched the group in the late 1990s but found commercial success in 2002 following the release of their album Up the Bracket.
But as the group celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their debut single, What a Waste, Daily Star takes a look into frontman Pete's life.
Despite now being one of the most recognisable rockstars, Pete lived a very different life before moving to London.
Born in Northumberland, he was raised a Catholic, growing up on several army garrisons across the UK and Europe as his dad was a major in the Royal Signals.
Life changed for Pete when he was just 11 after he learnt to play the guitar while living in Dorset to impress his classmate, Emily Baker – who later won a competition to support Babyshambles at a gig in 2008.
Just several years later, he achieved 7 A*s in his GCSEs and four A-Levels, two at grade A.
However, his impressive academic career wasn't over as he later won a poetry competition and toured across Russia with his poetic stories.
But this was a far cry from what was in store for the rocker after he ditched the countryside and moved to London, where he found himself filling graves in Willesden Cemetry.
Drugs and prostitution work
The I Don't Love Anyone hitmaker has had his fair share of controversies with drugs, which have been well documented over the course of his career.
Pete has been arrested for several offences arising from drug use, including drunk driving, car theft and driving with a suspended licence.
He has previously pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine before being in and out of rehab facilities.
Pete has been open about his habits, including the fact he once worked as a drug dealer to fund his addiction.
In his official biography penned by Pete Walsh, Pete said: "I was working in a bar, selling drugs, working on a building site, writing poetry in the graveyard shift at The King's Head – and I was wanking off old queens for like £20."
He added: "I remember once being taken back to this mews house in Chelsea, right old f**king badger he was.
"It was a bit daft actually, as he slept, I locked him in his room, tied a pair of trousers over his head and nicked all these American dollar bills out of his drawer.
"He's probably still there, with an erection, listening to Classic FM radio."
Pete has over 20 drug offences under his belt and has even been arrested on March 19, 2010, for suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and was subsequently bailed until April of the same year.
Speaking to NME this year, Pete said he had "been clean since December 2019."
The late EastEnders actress, June Brown who ran a charity for people fighting addiction even flew Pete to the Thamkrabok rehab clinic in Thailand to beat his addictions.
She said: "Anyone can go, we will pay your fare, all you need to do is commit to the treatment. I'm a huge Libertines fan, it would be a marvellous place for Pete to kick his addiction."
Pete eventually signed himself up and flew out for the stint, but lasted just a few days before he made off for the city of Bangkok.
Kate Moss romance
Pete won the heart of supermodel Kate Moss with the pair dating between 2005 and 2007, with the lovers even getting engaged.
Sadly, their turbulent relationship came to an end after he claimed he was "unhinged" during their relationship.
In a bid to get her attention after their split, Pete opted to speak to The Mirror with the hopes that the model would see his rather unflattering comments in her favourite red top.
He told the publication: "This is the only way I can get through.
"I need her to know that she's out of her f***ing mind, Kate, if you love me then realise I don't want any other girl.
"Do I still love her? Don't ask me that question. Why do you think I'm here today talking to you? I'm here to tell her that I love her."
He added: "Kate – a nasty old rag. We fell out for the same old reason. She accused me of f****** this girl who lives around the corner.
"We were watching a DVD together and Kate started going 'I could tell by the way you were sitting back there that you've f****d her'. I said 'You're out of your f****** mind'.
"I was really up for some peace and love that morning. I wasn't up for being called a c*** and being kicked in the head.
"She's got an awful temper. I grabbed a guitar and books and said 'I'm never going to be treated this way again'."
Nowadays, Pete's lifestyle is a far cry from his younger and more wild days, with the rocker opting for a quiet life in the country.
In stark contrast to his drug-fuelled days, Pete is now fuelled by his love of cheese and sleeping.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I like Comté, Comté on toast. My guilty pleasure is sleeping.
"For years and years, I would stay up for five or six days and then I would sleep for 24 hours, so now I love sleep."
The dad-of-two now spends his time in France with his wife, Katia de Vidas, who he married in 2021.
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