London: Pete Doherty turning to Islam

Pete Doherty is seeking solace in the teachings of Islam, as he serves his 14-week sentence in a London prison.

The Babyshambles frontman has been incarcerated at Wormwood Scrubs jail since 8 April, after breaching the terms of his probation from prior drug offences.

But, according to reports, he has now turned to the holy book the Koran in a bid to turn his drug-addled lifestyle around.

A close pal tells The Sun, "He's been reading the Koran since he went into segregation.

"He's got a lot of Muslim friends and they've been on at him for ages to study it. Now he's on his own he's got time on his hands to study it.

"I'm surprised how much it has calmed him down as he was very on edge inside. He definitely seems more chilled. He's really interested in it. I think it's helping him in there."

Doherty was recently put in an isolated cell after prison authorities thwarted a group of fellow inmates' plots to assault him.

Meanwhile a new art exhibition in Paris featuring his work has been criticised for campaigners for featuring drug needles and the rocker's own blood.

Since the show's opening, the troubled star has been widely condemned by anti-drugs groups for glamorising the use of illegal substances in his artwork, which includes a drawing of ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and his signature scrawled in blood.

The 29-year-old has also failed to impress art experts, with David West, owner of London's Decima Gallery, adding, "It's not got any artistic merit. He's using his blood to make them interesting, but when you look at them they're what any four-year-old can do."

Source: Entertainment Wise (English)

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