Wayward rocker Pete Doherty has been diagnosed with manic depression and is receiving treatment for the condition. The Babyshambles frontman, who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car and possessing hard drugs on Monday, makes regular visits to London’s Homerton Hospital, which specializes in mental health and addiction problems, writes British newspaper The Sun.
An insider tells the publication: “He is being given counseling and anti-depressants. He believes this is the way forward.”
Doherty, who previously romanced supermodel Kate Moss, was slapped with 13 nights in prison in January and ordered to attend a rehabilitation program following conviction on seven drug counts last month. At that hearing, the judge warned he could face further time behind bars should he break his community service order.
That said, according to a report by Reuters, Pete was stopped with two younger men in central Birmingham on Monday evening by police investigating reports of a car being stolen in London. The three passengers of the car were arrested, but later released on bail. Doherty just escaped a jail sentence earlier this month over seven separate drug-related charges after pleading guilty to possessing the class A drugs heroin and cocaine. He was told he faced a prison sentence if he failed to comply with a community service order which requires him to attend a drug rehabilitation centre.
He has to return to court on March 8 for a review of the order. . . . a West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Three men were arrested yesterday when a car was stopped in Colmore Row in Birmingham at approximately 9:15 p.m. last night. They were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, relating to a report of a car stolen in London. They were also arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs. One of the men is aged 26 and from London. The other two are aged 18 and 19, from Dundee. They have all been released on police bail pending further inquiries.” It remains to be seen what the court will say of this little “adventure”, but it’s clear that if he keeps it up like this, Doherty will really end up in shambles. Not Babyshambles though.