SIR Elton John is desperate to give troubled rocker Pete Doherty a hug, because he is deeply touched by the BABYSHAMBLES singer's much-publicised plight.

The YOUR SONG star, who performed a disastrous duet with Doherty at the London Live 8 concert earlier this year (JUL05), finds the 26-year-old brings out his paternal instincts.

He says, "Addiction is a horrible thing, it's nothing to be laughed at.

"I look at Pete Doherty and I just want to put my arm round him."