In his only interview, White reveals his future plans exclusively in NME…

JACK WHITE has dismissed speculation that the White Stripes are to split in an exclusive interview published in this week’s NME.

In a rare one-on-one interview, his only one with a British journalist this year, White said songs are currently being written for the follow-up to ’Elephant’, and the duo may go into the studio as early as next month to start recording.

White also said that despite speculation, the White Stripes will not be splitting in the near future.

When asked about persistent rumours about the group’s future, he said: “Well, we’ll know when it’s over. I don’t think we’re going to last ten years, I don’t think White Stripes will last 20 years. It’s not that kind of a band where we have 5 or 6 guys, kick the bass player out and get a new member. It’s only going to be me and her (Meg) in the band. At some point we’ll stop, but we’ve no plans to now at all. I’ve got a lot of ideas for records for us coming up and the time off has been really re-inspiring.”

For the full interview, where Jack also talks about the band’s recent gigs, getting back in the studio and the price of fame, see this week’s NME, which is out now in London (September 7) and nationwide tomorrow (8).

White Stripes’ next release will be their first DVD, White Stripes Under Blackpool Lights. A UK release date is currently unconfirmed, but internet reports suggest it will be out in late October.