We’ll remember February 2nd, 2011 for two reasons: a massive blizzard and The White Stripes’ break-up. According to a notice posted on the band’s website, Jack and Meg White’s acclaimed collaboration is no more.
“The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” the statement reads. “It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band have it stay that way.”
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on any of us and we are truly grateful.”
During their 13-year existence, the band released six studio albums, and their third LP, White Blood Cells, was picked by Consequence of Sound as the 7th best album of the 2000s. In September 2007, the duo announced the cancellation of 18 tour dates due to Meg’s suffering from acute anxiety problems They last performed together on February 20th, 2009 for the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where they dropped a version of “We’re Going to Be Friends”.
They will be missed.