Jack White Says Meg Made The Decision For White Stripes’ Break-Up

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“I’d make a White Stripes record right now. I’d be in the White Stripes for the rest of my life,” said one-half of the broken up punk-blues duo White Stripes.

In an in-depth interview with the New York Times, Jack White divulged to writer Josh Eells something that contradicts his previous statement to NME that there’s “absolutely no chance” of the White Stripes getting back together saying, “I’m not the kind of person that would retire from baseball and come out of retirement the next year.”

But in his New York Times interview, White takes Eells to his house that he once shared with ex-wife Karen Elson, his friendship with her, and drummer Meg White’s “stubborn” choice to end the White Stripes.


“That band is the most challenging, important, fulfilling thing ever to happen to me,” continued White about the White Stripes. “I wish it was still here. It’s something I really, really miss.”

“Some people can live their whole lives in limbo,” White relayed to the Times. “I’d rather cut the lifeline so we can move on with our lives. There came a point where I said, ‘If we’re not doing this, we need to put an end to it right now.’ And that’s what she wanted to do.”

Many fans want to know why Meg ended the White Stripes. Jack had no answer.

“You’d have to ask her,” he said. “I don’t know what her reasons are. Having a conversation with Meg, you don’t really get any answers. I’m lucky that girl ever got onstage, so I’ll take what I can get…Meg completely controlled the White Stripes. She’s the most stubborn person I’ve ever met, and you don’t even get to know the reasons.”

Whether it’s his current ex-wife, Karen Elson, or Meg, White admitted that he dislikes the societal limitations of traditional relationships.

“I’ve always felt it’s ridiculous to say, of any of the females in my life: You’re my friend, you’re my wife, you’re my girlfriend, you’re my co-worker,” he said. “This is your box, and you’re not allowed to stray outside of it.”

When the writer said monogamy might not be right for him, White laughed and replied,

“You think?” he said. “I gave that up a long time ago. Those rules don’t apply anymore.”

Jack’s solo debut, Blunderbuss, is set to be released this April 24th on Third Man Records.

Songs from the album have already been released via blue balloon and videos for the first two singles, “Love Interruption” and “Sixteen Saltines,” have made Blunderbuss one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2012.

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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