updated 08/23/2006 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/24/2006 AT 7:50 PM ET
Some couples are torn apart by distance, others by a lack of time. For Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, the trouble in their relationship seems to come from a more tangible source: drugs.
As PEOPLE reports in its new issue, Doherty, 27, has battled addiction for years – landing in and out of jail – while Moss, 32, entered rehab last fall (and distanced herself from Doherty) after pictures of her allegedly snorting cocaine appeared on the covers of London tabloids.
Still, in recent weeks, the on-again-off-again couple appeared to be headed to the altar. On Aug. 6 they kissed and cuddled their way through the Rhythm Festival in Bedfordshire, England, and during an Aug. 17 interview with BBC’s Radio 1, Doherty – who had been playing gigs with his band Babyshambles – referred to Moss as his “missus.”
By that evening, however, Doherty was back in jail, again facing drug charges. A Sept. 4 sentencing will determine whether he receives a prison term; in the meantime he must reside at the Priory rehabilitation clinic from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day.
For Moss, who lost several modeling jobs after the tabloid photos surfaced and has since rebuilt her career (“She’s more in demand than ever,” says a pal), the latest news seems likely to prompt some soul-searching. Or maybe not.
As Michael Gross, author of Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, explains, “A certain kind of model has that inexorable attraction to a certain type of bad boy. It seems Kate is one of those girls.”