The White Stripes officially break up
February 2nd, 2011
05:55 PM ET

The White Stripes officially break up

It's the end of the road for Grammy-winning group The White Stripes.

In an announcement on their website Wednesday, the group explained that they've "officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live."

The statement says that the dissolution is for a "myriad of reasons," none of which are health-related, due to artistic differences or because the band simply didn't want to soldier on. Instead, the statement says, they're ending things "mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."

So after 13 years, Meg and Jack White are thanking their fans and looking toward the future.

"Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created," the statement said. "It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly."

Keeping that in mind, the statement continued:

"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 us and we are truly grateful.”

According to the statement, unreleased live and studio recordings of the White Stripes will still be distributed by Third Man Records.

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  3. Jon

    I'm heartbroken 🙁

    February 8, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. iina

    This makes me so sad. Hope they will come back some day. They never came to Finland and now they newer will... But I really hope for the best for both of them. I love Jack and I love Meg but mostly I love them together, as The White Stipes. Now even Jack is just a musician among musicians.

    February 6, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Drew

    Hello operator, can you get me a number or not?

    February 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Henry Bonham

    Honestly Meg was over-rated as a drummer but the music was great....Jack will continue to release live stuff in the future.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ball and Biscuit

    darn it! Great Band!
    They will probably play Seven Nation Army at the Super Bowl...
    Go Steelers!

    February 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I Don't Know what to do with Myself

    They were great in the studio but their live act was not the greatest.Jack will go on to produce great music.So are they breaking up as brother and sister?

    February 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Drew

    Hate to hear this, this is one of the better bands over the last ten years. Jack's side projects will tide me over, as all of them are excellent. The only blues guy that Led Zeppelin truly stole from is Robert Johnson. That doesn't mean that they still aren't one of the greatest bands ever, but they got away with that one.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. scott

    thanks for the great feeling miss you guys

    February 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. me___again

    Well in MY humble opinion Led Zeppelin is the best ever to ME. Better put? But if you wanna say they stole jack johnsons music dont forget to also accuse them of stealing from muddy waters as well. To everyone music speaks differently. The sad thing is that things dont last and we are all reminded of our own mortality when these tragedies occur. and rap is blows from 1989 on...GO PACKERS!!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Child, Please!

    I'm truly saddened. I love, love, LOVE The White Stripes. This sucks big-time. Ah, I'll just play "Get With It," "White Orchid," and "Truth Hurts," 'til they just won't play anymore.... 🙁

    February 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. fuzzy9065

    Just another non musical band biting the dust as we say another one bites the dust

    February 3, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. SameBoy

    I thought this is just today
    and soon you'd been returning
    the coldest blue ocean water
    cannot stop my heart and mind
    from burning
    everyone who's in the know says
    that's exactly how it goes
    and if there's anything good about me
    I'm the only one who knows

    February 3, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. tj

    Jack will will put meg in the closet he locks all his other band members in until he needs them again.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  16. Nathan

    I'm driving on the opposite side of the freeway, white freeway stripes pass me, my life is over good bye everyone...

    February 3, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  17. Ana Ana

    The Coolest Superheros Vehicles is here

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  18. Raylynn

    Well, there goes a great band from Michigan.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. Now Mary

    Everyone has a certain genre of music that speaks to them. It is not always about the technical difficulty, rather the emotions that pour out of whoever is playing or singing. There are artists out there who are technically superior yet their music does nothing for me. Jack White puts a great deal of soul into his music and because of him I have been introduced to even greater music, i.e. Son House. Thank you, Jack White. I look forward to more of your music.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  20. ntMc

    You made my life some killing sport for one reason u used a school at the beging

    February 3, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  21. Road Zombie

    jack is a great blues man,he's got great style, almost reminds me of mike ness of social distortion..

    February 3, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  22. RCS

    I really have my doubts that many of the critics of The White Stripes have actually listened to them. I challenge you to find another duo that can play as well in a stadium. As for people saying Jack stole his riffs and Zeppelin was the greatest band ever I'd like for you to take a good long look at Robert Johnson and tell me again how original Zeppelin was. Further it seems like everyone is a drummer when it comes time to put down Meg but I've known plenty of you wanna be Neil Peart types that can't play a straight beat for anything.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • i fought piranhas

      Thank you for your comment. You hit the nail on the head.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Agreed. How can you steal blues riffs, anyway? You can straight up steal lyrics, i.e. The Lemon Song, but riffs? People need to know more about infringement and how it pertains to the music industry before spouting off.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Eric

    I love it when people say stuff like, "Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art ... " and think that means jack to fans. I don't care about this band but I know plenty of my favorite bands have broken up and I NEVER thought it was a "good thing."

    Just like when a college athlete goes pro before his 4 years are up and says, "I hope nobody is upset with me, but ... " Of course they are! You do them NO good leaving. Doesn't mean we don't understand why they're doing what they're doing but don't expect us to be happy about it.

    February 3, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  24. Victor

    Besides Seven Nation Army I can't seem to recall any of their other songs. I'm sorry but thtey weren't that relevant. More like one hit wonders.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  25. teddy2chains

    Dont know them but I love rap music!!

    February 3, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. Matt

    They'll be back. I've seen bands on "farewell" tours before and they always tour again. Sometimes it's because the money runs dry. Sometimes of boredom. A lot of bands make these types of announcements but don't consider that their future is quite a long time and anything can happen. The only bands that break up for good are from a death of a member or a genuine hatred for one another.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  27. really now

    Taylor Hicks and the Soul Patrol arise and conquer the world

    February 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  28. deb

    If the rolling stones like them, that's good enough for me

    February 3, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ear Candy Indeed!

    Just one of Many Grrrrrrreat local bands within Detroit,that had a magical presence both live and on record,simple truth! Those that never caught'em live or even better,bac here at the Lager House...just Don't Know really what kinda Ear Candy they really were passing out! So do your ear's a favor,get your Ass out and see, support local may just be the Ear Candy U need!

    February 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  30. Name*Macgyver

    So anyone can comment?

    February 3, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  31. pgeo

    Their statement should have included "we are breaking up because moons has ever heard our music and noons knows who we are. We hoped after sixteen years someone might have actually heard if us."

    February 3, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  32. yves le baron

    Man, white stripe! That was my favorite beer. I will miss all those funny commercials with that funny jamacan dude " RELAX GET TO IT!" Well maybe I will start drinking water, or something......

    February 3, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  33. edward norton

    yeah your post said it all jermaine. Oh wait I lied. I dont care for the white stripes but bringing hip hop into the conversation is retarded. hip hop is for the ignorant with g.e.d's and they should slap everyone that said ebonics should be taught in schools. You're an idiot.

    February 3, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jeanette

    One of the best bands ever!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  35. Rick

    Lol. I've never even heard of this group, and it makes major news network news!

    This country and it's skewed media priorities are hilarious.


    February 3, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  36. david

    the white stripes were nothing but a brown stripe in my under ware. Egypt could use a good protest song right now. Any takers?

    February 3, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  37. scotty

    The white stripes were amazing plain and simple

    February 3, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  38. Go Back to Wichita!

    And its one-two-three-four-ONE... not one-two...threefourone...two-three-four...onetwo...drummer lady.

    February 3, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  39. Good.

    After three years actually of being marginally interesting is more accurate to say.

    Bands dont last that long anymore, who remembers The Strokes?

    Its just the nature of biz now. Bands, solo recording artists, they don't last that long.

    February 3, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  40. seven nation army cpt

    ... Icky Thump sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico!! loved The White Stripes... they'll be missed!!

    February 3, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  41. zoe

    adens dead..yeah!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  42. zoe

    Glen Cambells 'Rhinestone Cowboy'...that's as good as it gets.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  43. green goblin

    Miss them already.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  44. Charles

    Shut up and make another record you junkies. And to the rest screw you. They rock and have more talent in one pinky than you have in the stubs your keyboard suffers abuse from.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  45. garyd

    I think the White Stripes drank too much of the Red Koolaid.Remember to monitor your Koolaid consumption boy's and girls! or you too will begin to refer to yourselves in the third person like the White Stripes beware !!!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  46. Brett

    Porcupine Tree are the best band since Pink Floyd. By far

    February 3, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  47. mikebet

    The Dead Weather is better!!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  48. Nini

    Love the White Stripes, named my cat Jolene after I fell in love with their version of the song. I really am surprised to see so many people bashing them – even if you're not a huge fan of their type of music I'd think you could still recognize their immense talent and appreciate their unique sound.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  49. tupac=caput

    rap sucks. learn to make music not steal it

    February 3, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  50. scott

    Very classy bow out. Both of you will remain in the hearts of your fans. Thank you for the years. Welcome to history.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  51. OldKid

    I think they wrote several very creative and enjoyable tunes, but a lot of their songs were disappointing. Reminds me of Phish and their loyal following. For some, they could do no wrong. I felt they pushed the envelope a bit too far (milked it, IMHO), and probably would have left a better mark if they had only released the songs that were truly worthwhile. I never liked the Grateful Dead for the same reason. Guess I picked the wrong decade/century to stop doing drugs. Meg is one heck of a drummer, and despite the plain-Jane appearance, there's just something about, personality.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  52. clutch

    The Pink Socks

    February 3, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  53. Prince Chunk

    They should rename the band 'The Pink Eyes'. Either that or the dude quit the band just to get some sleep.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  54. edwin

    'bout friggin' time

    February 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  55. osama bin laden

    I eat poop!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Suzy


    February 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Disappointed

    Almost all of you are idiots.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sir Loin A Lot

      Nuh-uh. I spit the atom sitting on the toilet last night.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Suzy

    I think it might be difficult for people to appreciate they're music due to the fact that people rely solely on the radio for music exposure. They are given a small amount of "approved pop culture" music and they are fooled into believing that the music they hear over and over is good. We are told what to like. Most people are missing out on amazing music by listening to pop radio.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Suzy

    Sad times. Good music that doesnt sound manufactured or cookie cutter is a rare gem. They will be remembered years to come. A style no one will be able to master.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Gabe Kaplan

    Well, we can all go watch meg's s3x tape and remember the good old days.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Slim

    The White who???

    February 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  62. patrick

    To Mark. that had to be THE most RIDICULOUS statement i've ever heard and i live in TEXAS. I could play three notes on a guitar that had more style than anything jack white thought of/"borrowed" for a song. If anybody deserves to be named one of the most stylistic blues guitarists its Paul Waggoner from Between the Buried and Me. Sure you may not like the heavy parts of their music, but i promise if you heard his blues solos you would crap your pants. To jermaine. Rap was never at the top. it never will be, because all those crappy beats youre talking about are just rap beats played by actualy people who know how to write REAL beats. not machines that repeat "bass hihat snare hihat" the entire time. you suck at life and so do 90% of people that rap. the only good ones arent rappers or go by the stagename Atmosphere(who coincidentally has a REAL percussionist...if you know what the word means) and i disagree that led zepplin is the best. GREAT band. just not my favorite. though plant will always be awesome tho

    February 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. IDon


    February 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. bobby

    wow I can't believe all the negative comments about The White Stripes! I'm assuming the people who are thanking God they've broken up and are dissing Jack's guitar playing as cat scratch mess have never seen them live... Amazing duo! Jack White is a BRILLIANT lyricist who never bowed down to throwing F-bombs in his songs... not that I mind them, but this is music that I play for my newphew and he loves it! Some albums were better than others – White Blood Cells, in my opinion, is definitely a top 10 album of the first decade of 2010 in all genres. Admittedly, Meg wasn't the best drummer (has she heard of other time signatures other than 4/4?) – but what she lacked in talent made up for in charm. And sometimes simple music is great - really and honestly. So much hate for such a talented duo...sad.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ItsDaPoleece

      Finally someone on here who sounds like they really appreciated the White Stripes. I would love to defend the Stripes against everyone who thinks they own the right to pick apart art like they go to museums and call well-established and recognized artists talentless... but art doesn't have to be judged, or justified.

      I love to see the Whites ending a band in such an elegant manner, it's so rare to see and it's a pleasure to think it was on good terms. That makes for a possible reunion between the two in later projects. I'm excited to see what more comes of this.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • xiomonster

      I absolutely love The White Stripes. That level of creativity is simply unheard of now. It's disappointing. I love so much of their music. I really hoped they'd come back so I could finally see them live. Jack White rocks!!!!

      February 3, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  65. Whatwereuthinking?

    They were more then a one hit wonder. Doorbell wasn't a half bad song. They definatley had a style. Until then I've been thinking about my doorbell when u gunna ring it when u gunna ring it.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  66. austin

    Meg is the ugliest woman I would bang.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  67. giastripes

    I agree Ron.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  68. giastripes

    Very sad news. The Whites Stripes were one of the last real rock bands out there. The music they shared with us was meaningful and unique. Although I am saddened by this, I am glad that they lefttheir music as it was :amazing, instead of putting out a half assed album because they were!'t feeling it. God Bless Jack and Meg White.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  69. floor

    Plus you are right poster named me. Led Zeppelin is almost like hearing GOD perform music.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  70. doodoo

    NKOTB got back together thay will to

    February 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  71. floor

    Never heard of these folks before now. Has anyone else ?

    February 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ron

    So sad now we're stuck with no talent bands that "samle" other bands!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • uh oh

      Don't get too excited in the Marquee Blogs. I know this because you missed a "p" in the word "sample."

      February 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  73. White Stripes Rock

    I enjoyed much of the output from the White Stripes. Their mix of blues and country into guitar driven rock has been a breath of fresh air in a world full of Nickelback's and Creed's. Jack's side projects have been a mixed bag, but enjoyable nonetheless.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Derpaderp

    Ashley Simpson was better.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  75. old school

    Not the greatest band, but they were interesting.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Sad

    That's too bad. Apart from Mumford & Sons, the White Stripes are the only band in the last decade that I've seen fit to buy an album from. I'd be interested to know what those who don't like them do think qualifies as good music. Some things really are just a matter of taste. Others (Paris Hilton) can be universally panned.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thaddeus

      That's really a shame, for there are a myriad great bands to release albums this last decade. Try out some Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Interpol or The Mars Volta.

      Still, I have sad face at the break-up.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Sad

      Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out. 🙂

      February 3, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  77. me

    I am sorry. But most of you people are proof that the US REALLY needs to provide better education. And the greatest band ever? Seriously? Led Zeppelin. Bite it and live your lives.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ "me"

      Before you point fingers at everyone else, look in the mirror. You also contribute to the things you mention in your comment. You don't start sentences with the word "But."

      February 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  78. jermaine henderson

    thank god these white folks dun. they need to being hip hop culture to the top. enough of these garbage beats and distorted guitars. being back rap to the top!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Patty

    I'm goin' to Wichita!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  80. FYur Yankee Blue Jeans

    this band rocks, nice to see them going out on top. I'd like to go off on Meg's sweet jugs. mmm mm. oh dear, I just came...again. Dead leaves indeed.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Blue Orchid

    How dare they. How old are they now anyway?

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Core

    The White Stripes will be missed but this is not the end...
    Ends and beginnings – there are no such things...
    There are only middles... On to the next episode of rock and roll. To be continued...

    February 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Thom

    **The White Stripes. Not White Strips.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Scott

    How will I ever go on with life now? I better go n suicide watch for a day or two!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  85. wego

    Hello cheefs.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Mark

    Anyone who doesn't recognize that Seven Nation Army is one of the greatest guitar songs ever has no taste. The rest was mediocre bur they had one great song. Farewell and so long.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louie Lobo

      That's where I'm coming from, too. One truly kick-ass song in a library that otherwise leaves me cold. Breaking up? Don't really care.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • travesty

      Best guitar song ever? Dude, it's the same riff played over and over again with a mediocre solo in the middle. Catchy and creative yes, but best? Far from it. I liked the video a lot too. Very trippy.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  87. rudy

    dead leaves on the dirty ground?

    February 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Biebers Pube

    Say what?

    February 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. cheefsfury


    February 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lidz

      Crawl back in your hole retard.

      February 3, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      I'm sorry honey, but did your Mama leave the computer on where you could reach it. Don't use the keyboard – that is for big people.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Charlie Sheen

    I can make giant white stripes on the table...oh yeah!!

    February 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Charlie Sheen

    Lets party and forget about all our problems!!

    February 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  92. sean

    Jack and meg, you're style will be missed. Can't wait to hear jack play guitar with other projects. Like it or not folks, he is one of most stylistic and kick ass bluesman ever.

    February 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. megan

    The place in my sould where happiness happens has died....

    February 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  94. jay

    how am I going to be able to sleep tonight? This sucks no more white stripes time to get drunk and call off work.

    February 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  95. gah

    life has no meaning!

    February 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |

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