Libertines sign deal to reunite in 2010

The Libertines, the band fronted by Carl Barat and Pete Doherty and famously torn apart by Doherty’s fondness for heroin and crack, will finally reform, according to Contact Music.

The band, which was wildly popular in the early part of the 2000s, was featured as frequently in gossip columns as in music press for Doherty’s near-constant scandals, with bouts in rehab and jail and a contentious relationship with Kate Moss. (She was in Doherty’s company when she was filmed snorting coke in a recording studio in 2005.) The relationship between Barat and Doherty degraded throughout 2004 and by the end of that year, Barat had dissolved the band rather than continuing on without Doherty. Doherty has since played with his band Babyshambles, while Barat has been involved with band Dirty Pretty Things.

Although Barat said earlier this month that he was too busy to reunite with the Libertines, it has been reported that the band will be reforming in 2010.