Pete Doherty has admitted that he had a secret romance with the late Amy Winehouse.

The former Libertines singer says that he and Winehouse were lovers before her death in July 2011, at the age of just 27, but things ended badly between them.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Doherty said: “This is difficult for me to admit. But, yes, it’s true. Amy and I were lovers. I loved her then and, well, I still do today. But towards the end, as only lovers can, she became quite mean and cruel to me. She didn’t suffer fools . . . and believe me, she had a mean right hook.”

Pete’s relationship with Kate Moss also ended badly but the supermodel. who is now married to Jamie Hince, recently but their issues to bed.

Pete added: “I got a call from Kate a couple of weeks ago, which came as a surprise as we haven’t exchanged a word since it ended. And believe me, it ended nastily.

“But she was friendly and just asked me what I was up to. She wanted to know why I hadn’t written any songs recently and whether I was still taking drugs. She said she was staying clean and that she was very happily married.

“It came as a huge relief to hear from her and I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. It was a really important call because it put a few unresolved issues to bed for me. She told me that despite everything that had happened between us, she was still rooting for me and that was nice. It means a lot to me to know that.”