Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys have said they “feel embarrassed” for Jack White following an incident last year in which e-mails he allegedly sent criticising the duo were revealed.
In 2013, an email leaked to TMZ which was allegedly sent by White to his ex-wife Karen Elson appeared to show the former White Stripes frontman branding Dan Auerbach a “copy” and an “asshole”.
Elson divorced White in 2011 but the model/musician took out a restraining order against her ex-husband on July 22 amid allegations of “harassment” and “bullying” behaviour. One of the emails allegedly found White complaining that Elson has enrolled their two children, seven-year-old Scarlett and six-year-old Henry, into the same school as Auerbach’s daughter, five-year-old Sadie.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Patrick Carney said White “sounds like an asshole” but added: “I actually feel embarassed for him…I don’t hold grudges, man. I really don’t. We’ve all said fucked-up shit in private, and divorce is hard.”
“I really think personal things are personal things,” Carney continued. “Like, TMZ? Honestly, they should be fucking ashamed of themselves, that they make a living dragging poor souls that have nothing, that aren’t famous, into this world. Everybody should be scrutinised? I don’t believe that. I think that if you come off with a strong platform or moral agenda, then, yeah, maybe you should be scrutinised if there’s a conflict there. Like, if you’re a TV evangelist who’s doing something awful. But you’re a fucking rock musician, you’re a fucking actor, you’re a fucking model or whatever. It’s your job, you know what I mean? No one’s doing anything illegal, it’s just that people are living lives that get complicated.”
The Black Keys released their latest album, ‘Turn Blue’, earlier this month. Jack White releases his second solo album in June.