Jack White is currently involved in a nasty battle with his ex-wife Karen Elson. Earlier this week Elson was granted a restraining order from White stating that she was fearful of his “violent temper”. According to the filing:
“He has persisted in discouraging her from communicating with or taking advice from her counsel in effort to coerce her into acting against her and the parties’ minor children’s best interests, often by emails laced with profanity and calling wife derogatory names,”
In the midst of all this fighting, a few emails have leaked from White to his ex-wife. In one email, Jack refers to The Black Keys‘ singer’ Dan Auerbach a “copy” and an “asshole”. The two musicians have children in the same private school, and apparently Jack is not too fond of Dan. Here’s the actual quote from the email courtesy of NME News:
“My concern with Auerbach is because I don’t want the kids involved in any of that crap … That’s a possible twelve 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.”
Could this be the beginning of a serious band feud (e.g. Neil Young vs Lynyrd Skynyrd or Blur vs Oasis)? If so, which side are you on?
As for the restraining order, White has filed a counter-motion and personally it looks to me like Elson is just trying disparage White in order to gain the upper hand in their custody battle.