Kim Gordon reveals reasons behind her split from husband Thurston Moore

Iconic punk figure also reveals breast cancer diagnosis

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Kim Gordon has opened up about the reasons behind her split from Thurston Moore, her husband and Sonic Youth bandmate.

Gordon and Moore announced their split in October 2011, casting doubt on the long term future of the band. Until now the reasons as to why the couple separated after 27 together have remained a secret but, speaking in a new interview with Elle, Gordon appeared to confirm that her husband had cheated on her with another woman.

An extract from the interview reads: "Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counselling, but he kept seeing the other woman."

Speaking about the counselling, Gordon added: "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do. Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul." Discussing how she dealt with the fall out from a separation, she added: "Rap music is really good when you’re traumatised."

Shortly after the split Gordon was diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer called DCIS. Speaking about the diagnosis, she tells the magazine: "I’m fine; it’s literally the best you can have. I didn’t do radiation or anything, but I was like, OK, what else is going to happen to me?"

Since his split from Gordon, Thurston Moore has gone on to form new band Chelsea Light Moving and released their self-titled debut album in March 2013.

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