British rock star Pete Doherty looks unrecognizable at a rare gig

British singer Pete Doherty was spotted unrecognizable as he took to the stage for a concert in an English coastal town this week.

The Libertines frontman, 43, appeared worlds away from his prime, showing off his long gray locks as he performed at an intimate gig alongside co-frontman Carl Barat, The sun reports.

The Don’t look back to the sun hit maker donned a smart blue shirt and dark pants held up with colorful suspenders as he performed to the crowd.

He was joined by his band – who rose to fame in the 2000s – in the English seaside town of Margate on Wednesday afternoon local time.

Wielding his guitar, Pete, who traded his rock star lifestyle to move to Normandy, France, smiled as he sang for the crowd.

Pete – who married his partner Katia de Vidas last year – now lives in the idyllic French region, where he is said to have developed a passion for Comté cheese on toast.

He credited his fuller figure and rosy cheeks for swapping drugs for the dairy product, as he admitted he was “mostly clean”.

The singer, who dated British model Kate Moss in the 2000s, once showed off her slimmer waistline during a show in the UK.

Pete and his wife Katia tied the knot in a secret ceremony last October in France.

The rock star had posed the question to Katia, with whom he plays in the group Puta Madres, just a week before their big day.

He and Katia moved to France together shortly before his bride was seen wearing a sparkling new ring on her Instagram page.

Pete, who also had a short romance with Amy Winehouse, recently revealed he had been heroin-free for two years in an interview with BBC Scotland.

He said, “I’m recovering, I guess. I’m 2.5 years heroin free which is a big deal for me and yeah I write music, I still write music.

And instead of drinking alcohol, the former songwriter recently said he enjoys “a nice glass of water” as part of his healthier lifestyle.

Pete also admitted he would love fast food – but there are no takeaway shops in the Normandy region where he lives.

He said, “I would have a Big Mac if I could, but I can’t. The nearest McDonald’s is 40 minutes away.

A source close to him said in March: “Although the lockdown has been difficult for so many people, Pete is honestly the happiest he has ever been.

“He used to lead a fast-paced, hedonistic life. He was the epitome of rock and roll. But the relaxed pace of life suits him more.

“He and Katia spent time in Étretat, a coastal town popular with visiting Parisians.

“He still has a hand in music because it’s his number one passion, of course, but going to France allowed him to relax.

“Over the past few months he’s taken his foot off the pedal and really enjoyed his downtime.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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