Kate Moss reportedly weds rock star Pete Doherty in Thailand

One of Britain's most talked-of celebrity couples may have tied the knot in a candlelit Buddhist ceremony as their friends cheered them on, newspapers reported Tuesday.

Supermodel Kate Moss (see pictures) and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty held the ceremony on New Year's Day in the Thai resort of Phuket, The Sun and the Daily Mirror reported. Neither newspaper provided sources for the information, but the Mirror quoted an unnamed friend of Moss', who said the ceremony was an expression of the couple's mutual devotion.

A representative for Moss was not immediately available for comment.

A spokeswoman for the Amanpuri hotel, contacted by phone from Bangkok, denied the couple were staying there and said she had no knowledge of their whereabouts, though she had received many calls asking about them.

At the Trisara, a high-end resort and spa that opened in 2004, the general manager, Anthony Lark, said: "We don't talk about any of our guests. That's just something we don't do. We have a very simple policy of protecting our guests."

He said prices at the resort started at US$1,000 (EUR 750) a day and went as high as US$6,000 (EUR 4,500) for a five-bedroom villa. Asked what guests get for their money, he answered: "Privacy."

The Sun said the ceremony was not legally binding in Britain, and named Jan. 18 as the pair's official wedding day. Both papers ran blurry images of the couple; the back of Moss' head, her hair pulled back, could be seen, and Doherty as usual wore a trilby hat.

Kate Moss, 32, is Britain's best-known model, and has deals with companies ranging from Louis Vuitton and Chanel to Topshop, the AP says.

In September 2005, the Mirror ran photographs of Moss allegedly using cocaine at a recording studio where Babyshambles was working.

After the pictures were published, Moss publicly apologized and went to a drug rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. Prosecutors decided in June there was insufficient evidence to charge her. Since then, she has made a comeback, appearing frequently in fashion magazines and winning back contracts.

Doherty, 27, often makes headlines over his battle with drugs. The former lead singer of The Libertines, Doherty has been charged several times with drug-related offenses. In 2004, Doherty _ along with former Libertines partner Carl Barat - was named coolest man on the planet by British music magazine NME. In 2005, Doherty dropped to sixth place; in 2006 he was 28th.

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