Earlier this month, Jack White did a cover story/interview with Rolling Stone that left a little wake through Jack's personal life. Today, Jack White has issued an apology, in the form of a letter posted to his website. The letter starts with:
It seems like its becoming obvious that to continue the activities I have planned for the rest of my year as a musician, and not be hounded by nonsense throughout those experiences, I should make a statement to clear up a lot of the negativity surrounding things Ive said or written, despite the fact that I loathe to bring more attention to these things.
During his divorce last year, emails were released where Jack White expressed his disdain (borderline hate) for Dan Auerbach and The Black Keys. Those comments were brought up during the Rolling Stone interview, and White explains he felt forced to discuss them in the interview. Here are his new statements in response to all of his previous "attacks" on The Black Keys:
There are a lot of things that only people around me can know about or understand, but despite all of that I want to say this: I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get. I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career.
Perhaps the biggest target of Jack's Rolling Stone piece was his ex-wife, and former band mate, Meg White. In the Rolling Stone interview, he talked about the difficulties working with someone who "doesn't talk". After some time to think, and see the reaction to the quotes, he addressed it in the letter:
Meg White, who I also talked about to Rolling Stone about our working conversations, or lack thereof, is, of course, a musician Ive personally championed for 15 years. She is a strong female presence in rock and roll, and I was not intending to slight her either, only to explain how hard it was for us to communicate with our very different personalities. This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music.
Jack White wrapped up his letter by saying:
Anyone who can get people to pay attention for more than a second with musical notes in this age, or any age for that matter, deserves credit and applause. Thank you for reading all of this and I hope that the nonsense started by lawyers and strangers to me and perpetuated by tabloid journalism can be left behind, and all of the musicians can move forward in positivity. So, God bless the Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White, and anyone else Ive spoken about, and thank you for understanding. Good fortune to all of them, and Im sorry for my statements hurting anyone.
Jack White also addressed his comments on Lana Del Rey, Adele, and Duffy. You can read the whole letter here: