Credo: Pete Doherty

'I believe in love and always will'
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I believe that it is this myth that drugs can add to creative talent, if used in a creative environment. I think my song writing suffers for doing stuff and therefore being clean is better for that.

I believe that for the first time in my life I'm upping stakes in the battle against it [heroin]. I went to Portugal again recently to get implants, which cut off the opiate receptors in my body. The time before, at the Portuguese customs, the guards cut open the implants looking for drugs, making them infertile. That's the sort of luck I'm having lately. It's a journey, a right tough slog. But it's something that I really want to do more than anything.

I believe that there's always a flip side to every story and if you believe half the stories about me... well, it's all bullshit. I don't know where most of the info comes from. People love to sensationalise everything.

I believe that love is like all those things that are so difficult to say but that are all true. It dries the soul to say it but I believe in love. I always will. It's the one thing that's honest and true.

I believe in fatherhood.

I believe that religion has probably done more harm than good. You only have to take a look at the world to see that. Religion has a lot to answer for.

I believe as an author that I can bring Arcadia to the page.

I believe that in an ideal world the path to happiness would be to find what you love and do it, but unfortunately we don't live in an ideal world.

I believe monogamy is a true and honest way to be.

I believe in staying up all night. Eight days is my record. Ended up naked under a taxi in Brick Lane in the old days.

I believe you are fortunate if you can be paid to be creative. I haven't done that many jobs... I spent five years on benefits perfectly creative and contented.

I believe that as a writer it's not a case of style or taste. It's what comes out of you that counts and is special.

I believe the biggest lesson of life is to love and be loved in return.

I believe that if you're true to yourself, you'll always find happiness. It's in everyone's grasp to do that.

I believe that material things are important if you're that sort of person. If they are to you, then so be it.

Interview by Andrew Threlfall. Babyshambles headline Get Loaded In The Park on Clapham Common today. www. getloadedinthepark.com

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