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The Libertines’ Carl Barât: ‘My guiltiest pleasure? Love Island’ | Carl Barât

Born in Basingstoke, Carl Barât, 43, formed the Libertines with Pete Doherty in the late 90s. Their second album, The Libertines, debuted at No 1 in the UK in 2004. Barât also made two albums with Dirty Pretty Things, released a solo album in 2010 and one with his new band, the Jackals, in 2015. This summer, the Libertines celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Up the Bracket, with shows in Manchester, Hatfield, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Barât lives in London with his partner and their two children.

When were you happiest?
The last time I held my children and every time before that. They’ve been my salvation.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Fear and all of its consequences.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Fear and all of its consequences.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Shouting a jubilant “Hello, Bournemouth” to the crowd in Brighton the other week. It was excruciating, the blood just drained from my body.

Describe yourself in three words.
Hopeful, kind, complicated.

What would your superpower be?
Pausing time to overthink everything just that little bit more.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
That I don’t look remotely like Elvis.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
“Maybe you should give up, you just don’t have the talent.”

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Love Island.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Repetition.

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If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Charlie Chaplin.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Black Widow, the Marvel character.

Which book are you ashamed not to have read?
Any Emily Dickinson.

Would you choose fame or anonymity?
It depends what mood I am in. If I want to be recognised, I won’t be, and if I don’t, I will – usually by taxi drivers.

What was the last lie that you told?
That I am feeling great: I’ve got Covid.

What do you owe your parents?
A bit more of my time.

What did you dream about last night?
Pushing past some kids on a water slide and then being too scared to go down it.

What’s your biggest disappointment?
Not being an actor.

If not yourself, who would you most like to be?
My cat, Kiko, the spoilt bastard.

When was the last time you changed your mind about something significant?
I changed my mind about living in London and decided to move to Margate. I am buying a house there.

How often do you have sex?
As often as my partner allows.

What would you like to leave your children?
The tools to find happiness.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Probably when I didn’t sleep for a week on drugs in 2009. I’d had a lot of meth and my heart felt like it was giving out. I remember climbing over balconies really high up, and I thought I was going to die, until I eventually fell asleep in someone’s garden.

What happens when we die?
I believe we just continue. I don’t die, the world just stops.

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