Tom Grennan has revealed The Libertines star Pete Doherty saved him from drugs at the start of his music career.
The singer, 27, who burst onto the music scene back in 2016 and has since released two albums, told Music Week he was in a ‘bad place’ before the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: ‘Running up to the pandemic I was in a bad way. I was very good at either hiding being off my face or just cracking on being high.
‘I don’t know whether it was pressure, or a bit of imposter syndrome, also a bit of ego and success.
‘I had the wrong people around me, people I thought were my friends but they weren’t they were just using me for a place to stay or to lend them money.
Pals: Tom Grennan has revealed The Libertines star Pete Doherty saved him from drugs at the start of his music career
Tough: Tom’s manager received a call from Pete’s band The Libertine’s who thought he was ‘out of control’
Tom’s manager received a call from Pete’s band The Libertine’s who thought he was ‘out of control’.
That’s when the singer’s manager realised he had a problem and needed to get help.
Despite his rowdy past, which even saw him serve two months in prison, Pete is now clean and enjoying life in France with his wife Katia de Vidas.
The Libertines frontman, 43, who has now been clean for more than two years, previously credited musician Frédéric Lo for helping him quit drugs.
Tom previously opened up about his battles with alcohol-induced anxiety which led him to cut down on how much he drinks
He told The Sun: ‘In lockdown I stopped drinking. Now I only have a few occasionally, maybe two after the gig.
“I don’t like the anxiety the next day. I wake up and I feel dread. Beer fear, I suppose.”
Tom recently dropped new track How Does It Feel Now from his upcoming third album.
Earlier this year, Grennan headed out on a 10-date arena tour around the UK in support of his new album, and was praised for his efforts to make tickets for his 2023 tour as low as possible.
He said he thinks artists keeping their ticket sales high during the cost of living crisis are ‘out of order’.
The Little Bit Of Love singer has kept his prices at an affordable rate for his 2022-2023 Concert Tour, with tickets costing £30 on Ticketmaster.
Speaking to MailOnline at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard in London’s O2 Arena, Tom said he deliberately lowered his prices to let more people come to his shows.
Heyday: The star is renowned for his drug-fuelled youth and rocker antics – before turning his life around (pictured 2004)
The singer, 27, said: ‘Running up to the pandemic I was in a bad way. I was very good at either hiding being off my face or just cracking on being high
He said: ‘We all know we are living in a crisis, people need to heat their homes and feed their kids and I’ve just put on a tour when it’s a hard time for a lot of people.
‘It was the right thing to do to bring the tickets down as much as I can because I want people to have fun, to come to the show and leave their worries behind.’
The hitmaker added: ‘I saw a lot of artists put their tickets crazy high and I think it’s out of order.’
It comes after fans of Taylor Swift and other well-known artists were left disappointed after being faced with Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing system.
Tom’s new album What Ifs & Maybes is set for release in June this year and as he gets ready to head out on tour, he revealed which song he’s looking forward to playing.
‘I’m most excited to play a new song called head up, it’s not out yet,’ he said.
‘The lyrics are: ‘You keep my head up, above the water, some times it feels like you’re fighting the tide, scared to fall in love with the person you found, but I met love and she keeps my head up.”
‘It’s all about just being happy being able to say ‘I’m good with where I’m at and I can swim in the deep end.’
He continued: ‘The new album is different because it’s the best body of work that I have ever put out, my songs are better, my pen has got better. I try to always level up with how I write songs and put songs together.
Interview: Tom said he thinks artists keeping their ticket sales high during the cost of living crisis is ‘out of order’
‘It’s got a completely different feel to what Evering Road was. That was a love story, that went bad.
‘This one is about spontaneity, it’s about putting yourself in places where you might feel uncomfortable and to feel comfortable in them surroundings instead. Every day I am living in this world where it’s quite uncomfortable and it’s not normal but I like that because it helps me grow.
‘I just want people to listen to this album and have the belief in themselves that they can do whatever they want to do and be whoever they want to be, a door way for people to be like, ‘Life’s alright and I’m the owner of my own destiny.’
‘I want everyone to have a party and to smile and not be crying over things, especially when they listen to songs, I want my songs to feel joyful.’
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