Regardless of Jack White’s excellent work as a solo artist or with The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, his most recognizable and perhaps most loved music was always made with Meg White.
As you can see in this, and any other photo of The White Stripes, ex-wife/drummer Meg White isn’t exactly a ball joy and enthusiasm. Jack White confirms the extent of Meg’s Daria-ness in an interview with Esquire.
“In The White Stripes, it was impossible to share the good moments with Meg because she was very uninterested. If something nice happened, it wasn’t like we would hug or have a drink. That wasn’t what went on.”
He went on to explain that he would often high-five himself after recording new material, as Meg and the frumpy engineer just sat there glaring at him with their arms crossed.
It’s strange to know that there’s beautiful moments that no one will ever know about. It’s whether I’m going to tell you, because Meg’s never going to tell you. There’s a sadness to that, a romance.
And that’s why The White Stripes won’t stay together for very long if they do ever get back together.
I know I’m supposed to be wondering why Meg can’t enjoy life and the precious moments it offers, but this kind of just makes me like her more (sourpuss relations).
There was one interview, with Mojo, where Jack talked about Meg having emotions…
When asked why she was crying at the end of Under The Great White Northern Lights he said:
“I could venture to guess, but I don’t think any of my guesses would come close to the real reason. Either way, it shows that she’s alive and involved in the energy of what we put out together. That’s what I could take from it.”