Jack White reveals former anxiety issues

The 'Blunderbuss' man says he let his feelings 'torture' him when he was in the White Stripes

Jack White has spoken out about his anxiety issues.

In a new interview, the former frontman of The White Stripes has that in his days with his old band, he was plagued by concerns over what other people thought about him.

“I just sat in the corner, pondering, letting it torture me…” he said. “You just can’t win – the judgement that’s thrown on you is unbearable.”


White made the comments to MSN, and also explained that he covered ‘You Just Can’t Win’ by Van Morrison as a result of his feelings of vulnerability.

Earlier this week, Jack White unveiled the video for his song ‘Freedom At 21’. Scroll down to watch it.

The video is White’s first collaboration with director Hype Williams, best known for his work with hip-hop artists like Missy Elliott and 2Pac. Williams’ recent clips include Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Stupid Hoe’ and Kanye West‘s ‘All Of The Lights’.

‘Freedom At 21’ is the third single from White’s debut solo album ‘Blunderbuss’, which was released in April. The B-sides to the album’s three singles, including White’s cover of U2‘s ‘Love Is Blindness’, were made available digitally for the first time last week.

Last month (June 26), White performed songs from ‘Blunderbuss’ during a show at London’s Brixton Academy. He will continue his ‘Blunderbuss’ tour in the US later this month, before returning to the UK for a one-off gig at Camden’s Roundhouse as part of London’s iTunes Festival on September 8.