"The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights" Screening - 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Yesterday Rolling Stone released some snippets from its new cover story on Jack White, including the revelation that at one time wheels were in motion for collaborations with both Jay Z and Kanye West. The issue is on newsstands now, and CoS passed on some quotes from White about his relationship with ex-wife and ex-bandmate Meg White — that is, if you can even call it a relationship anymore. “I don’t think anyone talks to Meg,” Jack explains. “She’s always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never.”

Jack goes on to complain about Meg’s lack of enthusiasm about the White Stripes’ various triumphs:

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!”

But he also makes sure to sing Meg’s praises before the interview is over:

I would often look at her onstage and say, “I can’t believe she’s up there.” I don’t think she understood how important she was to the band, and to me and to music. She was the antithesis of a modern drummer. So childlike and incredible and inspiring. All the not-talking didn’t matter, because onstage? Nothing I do will top that.

I bet Patrick Carney gives Dan Auerbach high fives.

[Photo by Malcolm Taylor/Getty Images.]

Comments (45)
  1. Jack White seems like a REALLY insecure dude.

    • Aaron Cunningham  |   Posted on May 22nd, 2014 +3

      Most of the dudes are insecure.

    • He doesn’t sound insecure. At least not from this snippet. Meg just sounds like an odd bird which he seems to like about her, but at the same time frustrated him. Sounds like a typical relationship/partnership. I gathered no animosity here, and the title of the post is a bit misleading.

    • I don’t think he sounds insecure at all, like, ever. I think he lives inside his own head a bit and always (it seems) answers questions very honestly, even emotionally. Some people don’t like that much honestly, can’t deal with emotions that aren’t their own and think ANYONE who talks about their art they way he does to be pretentious. Personally, I always find him refreshing and often quite touching. I think he really cares about his art, and he clearly really cared about Meg.

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      • damn, you really backed that one up too.

      • Well I’m not really sure what that means, particularly when taking into account that he’s succeeded at everything he’s set out to do (and done so with his own vision and ideas, not those of whatever the herd is following at moment). Further, since when did trying hard become something to be looked down upon?

      • Had no idea Rolling Stone magazine had readers anymore. Thanks for showing that Jack White’s drama get’s covered somewhere important.

  2. “Why can’t you be nicer to me?” -Jack White to Meg White

  3. Even with the praise at the end, this coupled with all of the silly Black Keys beefing kind of makes me think Jack White is a dick.

  4. I remember watching Under Great White Northern Lights and coming away thinking that spending any time around Jack at all would be really tiresome.

    His overreliance on gimmicks, relentless self-promotion, and crippling insecurity says more about him than any of his music ever has.

  5. Not all that surprising when you considering that you know… they’re divorced. How many people actually speak to their ex-spouses when there aren’t any kids in the mix? I feel like it can’t be many.

  6. “I can tell that we are gonna be friends (sort of, once, definitely not anymore).”

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  8. Why are so many people knocking him? He’s just saying she wasn’t enthusiastic and excited as he was when great things happened. That would bother the shit out of me too. She sounds like a downer. It’s not like he ripped her. He praised her!

    • Yeah, people are reading something into this that I don’t see.

    • Agreed. It would simply suck to work on creative projects with someone who reacts to everything with apathy. I can’t see how that’s ‘a desperate need for validation’ or whatever. That’s just normal.
      I feel like most people commenting either didn’t read properly beyond the headline, or have never worked with others on a creative project.

  9. Isn’t this one of those “keep it in the family” comment?

  10. Man, if Jack White isn’t cool anymore with the stereogum commentari who is?

  11. Meg White’s a hermit? Have mercy. I heard she hangs out in Milwaukee every once in a while. Milwaukee.

  12. Why is it news that a guys ex-wife no longer wants to talk to him?

  13. Maybe his desire to get a reaction out of her drove him to write good songs.

  14. Meg White = Basic. She could teach Neal Peart a thing or two about joy in drumming. Just bash it. She’s one of my favorite drummers for that reason. Her playing is not self-conscious. That’s a big plus, a nice way to approach music.

    • why the dig at peart? what does he have to do with this? the guy lost a 19 year old daughter and a wife within the space of a year. if he didn’t enjoy drumming after those tragedies he would have committed suicide.

  15. He sounds like a typical ex husband to me. Or at least like mine.

  16. “I bet Patrick Carney gives Dan Auerbach high fives.”
    Joke of the day.

    • I can’t wait until the inevitable high five that will occur at the end of the Black Keys next televised performance as Patrick Carney looks into the camera and mouths “Suck it Jack” into the camera.

  17. It’s never a classy move to complain to millions of people about the high fives you didn’t get from your ex, who has an anxiety disorder. Jack should stick to his mysterious Wonka persona, which is a lot more likeable than the man behind it.

  18. I think Jerry Seinfeld and Meg White need to start a band called Hi-Fiveless

  19. ahhhh… just get back together already!!

  20. Has there ever been a musician with the extreme chops that Jack has that rely on so much gimmick stuff?
    It’s weird.

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