Jack White‘s Third Man Records label has issued a statement regarding comments he made earlier this week, which included remarks on the breakdown of his relationship with former White Stripes bandmate Meg White.
Speaking to fans in an online Q&A published on White’s own website, the musician revealed that Meg White “doesn’t answer her phone” to him, adding in response to a question about his former group’s future: “That time is gone”. Another revelation included White speaking honestly and openly about his lack of interest in playing festivals.
A spokesperson for Third Man Records has now posted a statement to Facebook titled ‘Jack White Click Bait Bingo Exhaustion’, tackling what it sees as unfair reporting and bias of the media against White. “Friends, family, journalists, naysayers, believers, tweeter & ‘grammers… I know we’ve all enjoyed our game of click bait bingo with Jack White this past year,” the statement begins. “Whatever it is, fear not because you are in the age of instantaneous negative internet gratification.”
The statement continues to address a few of the comments from White that were reported in the press. On the remarks about Meg White, Third Man write: “[Meg] doesn’t have to answer her phone. [Jack is] not even complaining about that nor is it depressing. The White Stripes is over and it’s been said a hundred times, and maybe that’s just the quickest way for him to answer that question he gets asked a dozen times a day. Jack loves Meg, and she’s an incredible drummer – nobody can do what she does and did with The White Stripes – but those days are unfortunately gone. Let’s move on, Jack and Meg have.”
Commenting on reports speculating that White dislikes festivals and may never tour again, the statement adds: “[Jack] never said that, but he IS taking a long break from the road (which was previously announced and discussed drama free over a month ago). He said he’d like to do acoustic shows in sit down venues and electric shows in standing venues. He said he doesn’t like festivals but hey, he does them anyway and he makes them work. Bonnaroo and Coachella were two of the greatest shows he’s ever been a part of.”
On Jack White’s future, the label comment: “He is not quitting music. He’s working with the Dead Weather next week, he’s involved in several projects we’re not even gonna tell you about right now cause we don’t want to ruin the surprise.”
Read the full statement from Third Man Records here. Jack White released his second solo album ‘Lazaretto’ via XL Recordings in June 2014.