In a new interview with Elle magazine, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon spoke for the first time about her split from longtime partner and bandmate Thurston Moore, and also revealed she’s been battling breast cancer.
Gordon and Moore ended their marriage of 27 years back in October 2011 and Sonic Youth hasn’t performed another show since. As Gordon explained to Elle, like so many other marriages, hers ended because of infidelity.
Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counseling, but he kept seeing the other woman. “We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do,” Gordon says. “Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul.” Moore moved out. Gordon stayed home and listened to a lot of hip-hop. “Rap music is really good when you’re traumatized,” she says.
To make matters worse, shortly after her separation, Gordon was diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer called DCIS. She had surgery, but told Elle: ”I’m fine; it’s literally the best you can have… I didn’t do radiation or anything, but I was like, Okay, what else is going to happen to me?”
For now, Gordon is keeping herself busy with an art exhibit at San Francisco gallery Queen’s Nails, and also plans to tour with her new band Body/Head in support of their debut album.