In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Libertines guitarist-vocalist Pete Doherty revealed a love affair with late crooner Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011. "This is difficult for me to admit," he said. "But, yes, it's true. Amy and I were lovers. I loved her then and, well, I still do today."
He added that their relationship ended badly: "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."
Although it’s no secret that Doherty and Winehouse were friends, inspiring the creepy self-portrait of the late singer penned in her own blood, this is the first time Doherty speaks of their affair.
The musician, who has had his fair share of substance abuse issues, said he believes Winehouse’s demise was a result of the pressures of fame, which fueled her growing alcohol and drug addiction.
"She came back to my hotel after the Libertines reunion warm-up gig at the Forum in Kentish Town in August 2010,” Doherty said. "When she left the hotel, the paparazzi followed her. It brought back unpleasant memories of when I was with Kate (Moss) and how they would follow us around everywhere."
"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,” Doherty said. Doherty also added that he wrote a "very slow and melodic" track called “Flags From The Old Regime," on his upcoming solo album, about Winehouse.