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Cultural notebook: the real Pete Doherty

More strange stories from the world of Pete Doherty surface. But he’s neither tragic nor demonic: the truth is sadder and simpler

By Sam Leith   March 2010

Pete Doherty: lost in the stories we tell about artists

Two or three years back, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty were—is “courting” the word? Anyway, there was this story run in one of the red-top newspapers. The headline—or at any rate, the theme—of the piece was “Beauty and the Beast.” Juxtaposed were two photographs.

One was of Kate, stepping out of a club where she’d been “partying,” as newspaper code goes. It was 5am. She was smoking a fag. She looked immaculate, elegant, composed—like she always does. She looked, in fact, like the world was amusing her in…

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