Meg White

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21 Sep, 1996

Gillis, White marry

Marriage

Gillis marries White (and takes her last name). The pair soon begins telling the press they are siblings. Jack White says:

When you see a band that is two pieces, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, you think, “Oh, I see…” When they’re brother and sister, you go, “Oh, that’s interesting.” You care more about the music, not the relationship — whether they’re trying to save their relationship by being in a band. You don’t think about that with a brother and sister. They’re mated for life. That’s what family is like.

14 Jul, 1997

The White Stripes

Band Formed

The duo is formed, drawing influence from the garage rock and punk genres as well as Jack White’s passion for American folk music. The band members’ mysterious relationship is often mentioned in reference with the group. White describes his reasoning for forming a duo:

I could see that it was impossible to get your ideas across, with all the people — the soundman, lighting people, producers — you had to go through. I suppose that put me in the direction of a two-piece band.

24 Mar, 2000

Whites divorce

Divorce

After ceasing living together, Jack and Meg White divorce in the same year that the White Stripes’ second album is released. Jack describes tensions in the band:

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.”

20 Jun, 2000

De Stijl

De StijlAfter Jack White and Meg White’s divorce, the band releases its second album, again on Sympathy for the Record Industry. The album title is Dutch for “the style.” The band again tours with Sleater-Kinney after the record’s release. Jack says:

The first LP’s really angry, you know. This LP we tried to get a little cleaner. Maybe we changed from anger to bitterness.

15 Jun, 2001

Marriage rumors

A report of the Whites’ former marriage appears in the New York Times in a blurb about the White Stripes. The rumor is previously reported in Entertainment Weekly, while a New Yorker issue from the same period still refers to the pair as siblings.

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