Thurston Moore On His Marriage-Ending Affair: “I’m In A Really Romantic Place”
Sonic Youth co-leaders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced in 2011 that they were separating after 27 years of marriage, and talking to Elle last year, Gordon painted a sad picture of the breakup: “It ended in a kind of normal way — midlife crisis, starstruck woman.” Gordon never named the woman who Moore was seeing, but the internet quickly discovered her identity: Eva Prinz, who edited art books for Moore’s Ecstatic Peace publishing house. Moore and Prinz are still together, living as a couple in London, and Moore has finally gone on the record about the affair.
I’m in a really romantic place with Eva; we’ve kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years, nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat’s been out of the bag a while now…
I’ve had some life issues. In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It’s really distressing. You have to work through it, it’s very personal and I don’t really talk about it so much. It’s just something I work through in my own world.
I’m involved in a really sweet relationship, and it really does make me happy; it truly does. But I’ll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that’s to be expected. It’s pretty heavy.
Well, uh, I’m sorry you’ll have that experience of sadness, dude. I’m sorry it’s “heavy.” But based on all available evidence, is there anyone who’s not Team Kim on this one?