After months of staying very quiet on the topic, The Black Keys have now weighed in on their ongoing feud with Jack White. Last year we found out through a series of leaked emails that Jack White really, really doesn’t like Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. Emails were exchanged back and forth between White and his ex-wife Karen Elson, with White commenting on their fact his daughter is in the same school class as Auerbach’s daughter.
“That’s a possible 12 fucking years I’m going to have to be sitting in kids’ chairs next to that asshole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.”
The Black Keys remained quiet on the issue, until now. In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Patrick Carney said White “sounds like an asshole” but admitted those emails should have never been released.
“I actually feel embarrassed 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. Those emails that Jack White wrote that got leaked, as fucked up as that shit is, that was a private conversation, and it doesn’t register to me. You know how horrifying it would be if all of our private shit was aired? And people go sniffing around looking for this shit. And ultimately it’s no one’s business.”
Auerbach steered away from commenting but did say “I don’t know him, so it’s extra-unexpected.”