Pete Doherty and Carl Barat back in matching hats

The saga continues: Might the Libertines reform? Might Babyshambles fall to shambles because of Kate Moss? Might Moss be using Beth Ditto as a fashion accessory?

Are Pete and Carl back together again? It's the question dribbling from everyone's mouths this morning, but sadly there is no confirmation either way as to whether Pete Cushing - deceased star of I, Monster - and Carl Fogarty - legend of world superbike racing - will be getting back into the studio to make more of that old-time music which the world loves them for. Even though they've never actually made any. Elsewhere, however, there appear to be developments in the relationship between Carl Barat and his perennially misunderstood pal Pete Doherty, so we will report those instead.

P&C have been photographed, together, in the street, carrying booze in those skinny, blue plastic bags and wearing the same hats. Pete looks like an orthodox Jewish man who's lost his beard. Carl looks like he's shrinking with every step. The Sun's Vicky Newton suggests that this could mean that they're about to go into the studio and reform the Libertines. Or maybe not. But keep 'em crossed all the same.

The Mirror runs, meanwhile, the same picture but with a different angle. That being that Babyshambles are annoyed with Pete because he spends too much time not with Carl, but with Kate. Reveals a source to 3am, "The band are furious at the time he's spending with Kate!" (Exclamation mark added for emphasis.) Pete has a solo gig at the Hackney Empire tomorrow and organizers are anticipating a stage sit-in by disgruntled Shambles members.

The irony (or something like it) is that while the Shambles were purportedly making their 'plaint, Kate was ackchewly on the other side of the Atlantic and then some, hanging out in LA with her new friend Beth Ditto. This was captured in full paparazzitical glory which, unfortunately, we cannot reprint. Suffice to say that Beth was wearing a Viv Westwood-ish T-shirt of the Queen (with the legend Yo Majesty where the eyes should be) matched with pink tights and not much else. She is linking arms with Kate.

In a related and perturbing note, the Mirror says Kate's new escort is "Mossy's secret to looking a size zero". Which seems to suggest that an underweight woman can only look truly underweight in the company of a really fat person. If past experience is anything to go by, this will now spark a new Hollywood trend.


Paul MacInnes

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