Not since Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr shared digs back in the Eighties has there been a more hellraising set of flatmates.
It’s unclear exactly what went on, but MacGowan revealed in an interview that he and Doherty had done a naked photoshoot together for Mario Testino (it was always going to be unlikely that they spent their weekends arguing about the washing-up and playing Halo). Fortunately for, well, everyone really, the pictures were never published.
Although the former child star and ex-Libertines frontman might seem an unlikely hook-up, they are far from history’s strangest flatmates. Al Gore and actor Tommy Lee Jones roomed together at university and remain close; director Kathryn Bigelow and composer Philip Glass co-habited New York lofts while they renovated them; and Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito apartment-shared when they were starting out as actors.
As for Doherty and Culkin, a source stated that the pair “bonded over their love of poetry and art. Macaulay can’t get enough of listening to Pete waxing lyrical about his painting and music”. But as one Twitter commenter (Matt Leys) pointed out, while the gruesome twosome no doubt have delusions of hedonistic poet roomies Verlaine and Rimbaud in their heads, a more fitting comparison might be that of Richie and Eddie in Bottom.