Following drug battles...
Jason Gregory

17:11 25th January 2008

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Pete Doherty has revealed that he is only now starting to enjoy making music again following numerous spells in rehab.

Doherty, who has just completed a European tour with Babyshambles, admitted, however, that “what drove me to drugs in the first place is still there.”

“I’m still a bit raw, I think – but this is the happiest and the most positive time of my life,” he told Spin Magazine.

The Babyshambles frontman also revealed that as well as making music, he has returned to writing a novel which he began developing during the most prolific stages of his drug abuse.

“It’s a sizzling gypsy tale, a rambling, shambling, melody of a novel that came about when I was still on the old fighting juice. It’s fascinating stuff,” he said.

Doherty relapsed last year following a prolonged spell in a rehab clinic in Wiltshire.

Following a public apology, he returned to rehab again in an effort to kick his addiction to drugs.

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