In an interview conducted prior to the release of White’s apology, Keys drummer Patrick Carney was asked by The Tennessean to respond to White’s recent criticism. Carney, who previously referred to White as “an asshole”, said he’s decided to take the highroad going forward. “I’ve learned over the last year, especially the last couple months, sometimes it’s best to shut the (expletive) up and let someone else dig the hole for once,” he said. “That’s my stance on life right now. I’m chillin’. My mouth can get me in so much trouble, I know it.”
Carney said he was perplexed by their feud with White and believed that musicians should instead celebrate each other’s success. He used his relationship with Kings of Leon as an example: “Nathan (Followill) was one of the first people to text me when we found out we had the No. 1 record. And I’m always one of the first people to text him when they have something good going on. There are no bands — with the exception of one person who I won’t even name who I’ve never met (White) — that I’m not friends with.”
So while it appears they’ll never be on friend level, this is probably the last time we’ll hear Jack White and The Black Keys talk about one another out in the open.