The ‘medical situation’ which forced The Libertines to postpone gigs in London and Manchester last week, and also led to the cancellation of a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge appearance, has now been explained more thoroughly.
The drama was quickly attributed to Pete Doherty amid online rumours of his ‘disappearance’, and it’s Doherty’s website Albion Rooms which has now confirmed he suffered from a ‘serious anxiety attack’ shortly before The Libertines’ gig at the Electric Ballroom in London, and subsequently sought support.
“Peter suffered a serious anxiety attack during the hours leading up to the scheduled performance at the Electric Ballroom last Thursday,” a statement reads.
“The ideal coping mechanism in this situation is to lock yourself away from the source of the anxiety and in this case he headed to a hotel near Coventry in the early hours of Friday morning, in order that he be close to friends in his support network.”
The Libertines are expected to rearrange the affected dates, but have yet to confirm the full details.