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Jack White and Meg were married, lied about being siblings

People have been speculating about The White Stripes’ relationship virtually since the band’s inception, but it appears that Jack White has finally confirmed the truth.

Because he didn’t think music fans and journalists would take a former husband and wife duo seriously, Jack White of The White Stripes opted to lie about his relationship with bandmate Meg White.

The fact is that, rather than being the brother/sister combo they purported to be, Jack and Meg White were a husband and wife pairing.

The couple’s 1996 wedding certificate was unearthed and reproduced in a Detroit, Michigan newspaper in 2002. Despite this, the Whites asserted that they were siblings. Jack White recently suggested in a recent interview that the deception was required.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, he says: “It’s funny that people think me and Meg sit up late at night, in front of a gas lamp, and come up with these intricate lies to trick people.

I saw a review of our new album, and it said, “Every single component of the White Stripes is a gigantic lie.” What does that mean? Have I sat down and said I was born in Mississippi? No. Did I say I grew up on a plantation and learned how to play guitar from a blind man? I never said anything like that. It’s funny that people think me and Meg sit up late at night, in front of a gas lamp, and come up with these intricate lies to trick people.

“If we had presented ourselves in another fashion… how would we have been perceived, right off the bat? 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.”

When asked how he came up with the idea he said, “I’m not saying I came up with anything [laughs]. It’s like people thinking we would be more real if we went onstage in jeans and T-shirts. How ignorant is that, to think that because they don’t wear a suit onstage that someone is giving you the real deal? People do come and see us and think, “Look at all these gimmicks.” Go ahead, man. Go ahead and think that.”