He has been sporting a new healthier appearance in recent months since moving to Normandy, France, with his girlfriend Katia de Vidas.
And Pete Doherty looked worlds away from his drug-fuelled heyday as the frontman of rock band Babyshambles when he posed for a snap alongside author Thierry Lepoire on Monday.
The musician, 42, smiled beside the writer, and he sported long, dishevelled brunette locks and a grey beard in the picture.
Different look: Pete Doherty sported dishevelled locks and a grey beard as he looked worlds away from his Babyshambles heyday while smiling with author Thierry Lepoire on Monday
Pete has been sporting a fuller physique in recent times, and in the snap he wore a blue striped shirt for the occasion.
Delighting in spending time with Thierry, Pete wrote in the caption: ‘A splendid neighbour and a splendid writer!’
Former rocker Pete is generally enjoying a much slower pace of life these days and has reportedly taken to the bowls-style sport, pétanque.
Changes: Pete (pictured in 2012) has been sporting a fuller physique in recent times, and he looked markedly different from when he was the frontman for rock band Babyshambles (pictured in 2012)
The Libertines frontman recently credited his new healthy appearance to sleeping, eating French cheese and drinking water following his move to Normandy.
Pete is believed to join the locals at their club for a game of the French sport, which consists of throwing metal balls as close as possible to a target.
The once troubled star, who lives with his film editor girlfriend Katia, has quit heroine and ketamine but revealed he still enjoying whipping up a cocktail.
One local told the Sun: ‘Peter is no longer a bad boy. He’s relaxing, settling down and loving the goods things in life.
Healthy living: Pete has been sporting a healthier appearance since moving to Normandy, France, with his girlfriend Katia de Vidas (pictured with ex-girlfriend Kate Moss in 2005)
‘We introduced him to pétanque and he’s fallen in love with the game. He often joins our club nights when we play.’
Mikael Grondin, who runs the bakery, said: ‘He is always popping in for a bag of Bout de Choux (creamy little cabbage), which is a pastry filled with cream. Maybe that’s why he’s put on weight but, don’t worry, these will be good for him.’
It comes after Pete revealed his new healthy look is down to his love of cheese on toast and that his ‘guilty pleasure’ is sleeping after he used to stay up for ‘six days’.
The Babyshambles frontman was recently seen looking relaxed and happy during a walk with his girlfriend Katia in Étretat in Normandy, where they live.
Fame: Babyshambles, pictured here at a gig in Leicester in 2004, won an army of Indie fans
Talking in a recent interview, Pete admitted that he is now ‘quite clean’ and that he enjoys a ‘nice glass of water’.
The previously gaunt rocker famously painted a portrait of then-girlfriend Kate Moss in his blood and was thrown out of rehab for ‘not trying hard enough’ to kick his heroin habit.
He told The Sun about his new lifestyle: ‘I like Comté [a type of French cheese], Comté on toast. My guilty pleasure is sleeping.
‘For years and years, I would stay up for five or six days and then I would sleep for 24 hours, so now I love sleep. At the moment I’m quite clean. I stopped taking heroin and ketamine.’
Way back when: In a recent interview, Pete said he is now ‘quite clean’ and that he enjoys a ‘nice glass of water’ (pictured outside Thames Magistrates’ Court in Bow, east London in 2004)
He added: ‘I like experimenting, making cocktails with champagne, a bit of rum, orange juice, I’m coming across like a bit of an alcoholic, but I’m not — I like a nice glass of water.’
Pete’s bad boy rock and roll image earned him an army of fans including the world’s most famous supermodel Moss, who hung off his arm as they made their way from party to party.
But these days, Pete enjoys nothing more than a genteel stroll through the French countryside with his dog.
Pete has a teenage son, Astile, from his relationship with Lisa Moorish and a daughter, Aisling, from his romance with model Lindi Hingston.
Indie bad boy: The once troubled and gaunt rocker famously painted a portrait of then-girlfriend Moss in his blood and was thrown out of rehab for ‘not trying hard enough’ to kick his heroin habit (pictured in 2003)
While his most famous relationship was with Kate, he also had a fling with friend Amy Winehouse and a reported tryst with the late Big Brother Seven housemate Nikki Grahame.
While on a promo trail in 2019 with his latest musical offering, he was forced to pull out of a radio appearance after his finger got infected from an hedgehog spike.
He’d attempted to rescue the animal from his Siberian Huskies during a dog walk.
The Libertines bought a hotel in Margate, which Pete admitted was the ‘saving of him’ because he had a roof over his head and didn’t have to worry about rent.
Health: Pete recently said: ‘For years and years, I would stay up for five or six days and then I would sleep for 24 hours, so now I love sleep. At the moment I’m quite clean’ (pictured in 2019)
Last year, the frontman was charged with driving while disqualified after he was stopped by police in the early hours while riding an electric motorbike in Margate, Kent.
Pete had already been been given a six-month disqualification in October 2019 after he was caught speeding four times in three weeks.
On that occasion, at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, he was ordered to pay £9,228 and he was heard to have muttered ‘ouch’ at the fine.
And in November 2019, Doherty was fined £8,500 and given a three-month suspended jail sentence for ‘violence while intoxicated’ after being arrested in Paris twice in a week.
He had been detained in the Pigalle district for buying cocaine before getting into an argument with two passers-by that led to his eventual re-arrest.
Pete is a frequent visitor to Paris, and often spends long periods living and performing in the French capital.
He shot to fame in the mid-2000s and has been arrested numerous times for drug offences.
Pete’s turbulent relationship with Kate came to an end in 2007, months after he revealed he’d proposed to her.
In the past, he has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine.
In 2012, he was thrown out of a luxury rehab clinic in Thailand after claims he was a bad influence on other patients and did not try hard enough to kick his heroin habit.
Exploits: Pete’s bad boy rock and roll image earned him an army of fans including the world’s most famous supermodel Kate (pictured together in 2007)