Published May 20, 2014Last year, Jack White and Dan Auerbach ended up in an accidental feud thanks to leaked emails in which the Third Man Records boss insulted the Black Keys frontman. Now, the Black Keys have spoken out on the matter.
In the email in question, White complained to his ex-wife Karen Elson about their child being in the same school class as Auerbach's daughter, writing, "That's a possible 12 fucking years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids' chairs next to that asshole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around a copy me and push himself into my world."
Now speaking with Rolling Stone, the Black Keys had some less than positive things to say about White. But while drummer Patrick Carney noted that the former White Stripes man "sounds like an asshole," he clarified that the emails in question were private and never should have been released.
"I actually feel embarrassed for him," Carney told the publication. "I don't hold grudges, man. I really don't. We've all said fucked-up shit in private, and divorce is hard."
He continued, "Those emails that Jack White wrote that got leaked, as fucked up as that shit is, that was a private conversation, and it doesn't register to me. You know how horrifying it would be if all of our private shit was aired? And people go sniffing around looking for this shit. And ultimately it's no one's business."
He additionally said that the folks at gossip source TMZ "should be fucking ashamed of themselves."
As for the specific subject of White's anger, Auerbach avoided the topic, saying only, "I don't know him, so it's extra-unexpected."
White hasn't expressed any scorn for the Black Keys publicly, only via the aforementioned emails.