The White Stripes are officially over, citing the breakup as “a myriad of reasons… mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band.” We all know what’s in store for Jack, but he is only half of this now class rock duo. Meg completes the band as the sullen follower of Jack’s lead, but we sure do like her behind a drum kit. We wonder what she’ll get into now and we hope that she’ll let us listen.
Meg White has played her part very well.
“Was she his sister or his wife?” Some people may never figure it out. When asked by Spin magazine for a cover story back in 2002 about the nature of their relationship, the dubious couple gave the journalist the runaround. And to this day, we may never truly know the truth, but regardless, the epic story of Meg and Jack will always live.
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Do you regret some of the things you’ve told the press, especially since those seem to be the main things everyone wants to ask you about?
Jack: [Pauses] In the end, twenty years from now, the only thing that matters about any band is if the music was good. People still walk into antique stores and want to buy old Beatles ice-cream-sandwich wrappers, but that has nothing to do with the music. Yeah, sure. But… well, if you’re not going to talk about this, there’s no way I can make you.
Meg: Actually, Jack was dead two weeks ago. That was the rumor.
But why do you still tell people you’re siblings?
Jack: We’ve given up. People can say whatever they want at this point. It never mattered to us. We were never trying to create this. We were never trying to be icons or hoping to get attention. We never purposefully sat down and said, “If we say these things, people will talk about us.”
But at every single conceit, you refer to Meg as your sister. However, your marriage certificate was published in Entertainment Weekly.
Jack: I didn’t see any signature on that certificate. It certainly didn’t look real to me. If people don’t want to believe that Meg is my sister, that’s fine.
But why would people try to portray you as previously married?
Jack: Because America loves gossip. Everyone loves gossip. England loves gossip. Detroit is the gossip capital of the country.
But couldn’t you just end the gossip by telling the truth?
Jack: No! The gossip is what everybody wants. If I told you that Meg is my cousin and that she has always been my cousin and I could prove it, people would say that’s a lie, too. People won’t believe the truth. And the reason we don’t want to talk about this is because it perpetuates the idea that we are trying to do all this on purpose. If we had wanted to fool people, we would have come up with a story a lot crazier than this.
You’re asserting that the marriage certificate is fake, and all your friends who say you’re divorced…
Jack: Are all fucking with you (smiles).