If it really does take a big man to admit when he's made a mistake, Jack White is walking tall today.
The ex-White Stripes frontman has issued an effusive apology for comments he made in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
In the interview, White refers disparagingly to his former wife and bandmate Meg White as a "hermit" and again takes credit for the success of the quirky rock duo The Black Keys.
On Sunday, White took to his personal website to post a lengthy apology and explanation titled, appropriately enough, "An Apology and Explanation from Jack White."
In White's own words: "I felt in a way forced into talking about very private opinions of mine that are very much in the realm of 'behind the curtain' show business conversations, and things that I do with my own family and friends."
In his rambling mea culpa, White refers to private letters made public last year by second wife Karen Elson (who used them to obtain a restraining order against the rocker) in which he appeared to criticize Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
"These are things I never talked about publicly," writes White, "but through the actions of lawyers trying to villainize me in a private legal scenario, my private letters were made public for reasons I still don't understand."
In the same apology, White also refutes his own claim that The Black Keys rode their way to indie-artist success on the coattails of the White Stripes, which officially disbanded in 2011.
"I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get," said White. "Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them…"
In the Rolling Stone article, White also speaks dismissively of the late Amy Winehouse ("Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No."), Adele ("Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive") and the popular U.K. vocalists Duffy and Lana Del Rey.
And of course each artist mentioned is promptly reconsidered in White's revisionist apology.
"I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey and Adele," White writes on his website. "All of whom are wonderful performers with amazing voices. I have their records and I hope for more success for them all as the years go by. They deserve all they've gotten."
But the biggest bouquet in the mewling missive is White's apology to his ex-wife and musical partner Meg White, whom he refers to as an emotionally-reserved "hermit" in the Rolling Stone article.
The way White sees things now:
"Meg White, who I also talked to Rolling Stone about our working conversations, or lack thereof, is of course a musician, I've personally championed for 15 years," he writes. "She is a strong female presence in rock and roll and I was not intending to slight her either, only to explain how hard it was for us to communicate with our very different personalities."
And the way White sees it, once the reports of friction between him and his former spouse and musical partner became public, the media turned a molehill into a mountain.
"This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines and somehow I looked like I was picking on her," he writes. "I would never do that to someone I love so dearly."
But you did, Jack. You really did.
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Source: The Associated Press
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