Jack White Explains Complicated Relationship with Former Wife and Bandmate Meg White in Rolling Stone Interview

Sydnie Aldrich

by Sydnie Aldrich

Published May 23, 2014


Back in the summer of 2007, The White Stripes played their final show, but it wasn't until 2011 that they officially called it quits, saying it was due to "a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band."

As Jack has continued on in his solo career, Meg has been flying under the radar. When Rolling Stone editor Jonah Weiner asked Jack about his current relationship with her, he confirmed that she "has always been a hermit." He admits that the divorced couple hardly keep in contact anymore, especially now that he's no longer living in Detroit.

Jack describes his former bandmate as painfully shy and reserved, making it difficult to connect in the studio. He recalls:

She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown... She viewed me that way of 'Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?' Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We'd be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I'm like, 'Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!' And Meg's sitting in silence... I remember hearing Ringo Starr say, 'I always felt sorry for Elvis, because in the Beatles we had each other to talk about what it felt like. Elvis was by himself.' I was like, 'Shit, try being in a two-piece where the other person doesn't talk!'

Despite her lack of enthusiasm, Jack praises her musicianship and demure stage presence, saying that her quietness made no difference when they played a show together.

Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.

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