Jack White has apologized for criticizing his ex-wife and former bandmate Meg White, singer Adele and rockers The Black Keys in a candid new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
The former The White Stripes frontman hit headlines last week after opening up about his relationship with White in the revealing chat, claiming he always felt alone in the duo, even at the height of its success.
He said, “She’s one of those people who won’t high-five me when I get the touchdown. She viewed me that way of, ‘Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?’ Almost every single moment of The White Stripes was like that. We’d be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I’m like, ‘Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!’ And Meg’s sitting in silence.”
He also reignited his long-standing feud with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, accusing them of continuing to copy his former band’s sound, and took aim at British soul star Adele, suggesting she would not have sold 20 million copies of her album 21 if Amy Winehouse was still alive.
However, he has now shared a lengthy open letter on his website apologizing for his negative comments.
In a post titled, “An apology and explanation from Jack White”, he claims he wanted to clear the air to avoid being “hounded by nonsense” in future interviews and blames his candid Rolling Stone comments on feeling “in a way forced into talking about very private opinions of mine”.
He insisted he bears no ill will to the likes of The Black Keys or Adele, and alleged his statements about ex-bandmate Meg were “blown out of proportion”, adding, “Somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music.”
He continued, “Anyone who can get people to pay attention for more than a second with musical notes in this age, or any age for that matter, deserves credit and applause…
“So, God bless The Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White, and anyone else I’ve spoken about, and thank you for understanding. Good fortune to all of them, and I’m sorry for my statements hurting anyone.”