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Jack White Apologizes for Comments About Meg, Black Keys, Several Others

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Jack White has been getting ready for the release of his upcoming album by talking crap about a whole bunch of people. Most of his comments come from a recent cover story in Rolling Stone, which is actually an enlightening piece on the artist.

But in addition to uncovering the usual White ground — his raw, primal guitar playing and his divorce, for example — the interview touches on his relationship with ex-bandmate and ex-wife Meg, as well as his thoughts on the Black Keys, whom he’s accused of stealing his sound.

White called Meg a hermit and said she never offered much encouragement. As for the Keys, he’s still bitter about the bluesy garage duo ripping off his bluesy garage duo. He also managed to slam Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey in the interview.

Well, White is feeling kinda bad about the things he’s said and posted a lengthy apology on his website today titled ‘An Apology and Explanation From Jack White.’ In it, he offers tons of clarification and explanations for just about everything he said in the article (nothing about the upholstery lesson he made the author sit through, however).

It’s long, so we’ll just give you a few of the tastiest bits here, starting with his intro:

It seems like it’s becoming obvious that to continue the activities I have planned for the rest of my year as a musician, and not be hounded by nonsense throughout those experiences, I should make a statement to clear up a lot of the negativity surrounding things I’ve said or written, despite the fact that I loathe to bring more attention to these things.

He says he “felt in a way forced into talking about very private opinions of mine,” including the whole Black Keys thing.

There are a lot of things that only people around me can know about or understand, but despite all of that I want to say this: I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get. I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career.

He also explained his comments about former White Stripe bandmate Meg, whom he said he never high-fived him for the band’s accomplishments.

Meg White, who I also talked about to Rolling Stone about our working conversations, or lack thereof, is, of course, a musician I’ve personally championed for 15 years. 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. This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music.

There’s more, lots more, on White’s website. In the end, he offers a pretty sincere apology: ”God bless the Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White and anyone else I’ve spoken about, and thank you for understanding. Good fortune to all of them, and I’m sorry for my statements hurting anyone.”

So, can we now all move on to what’s really important here? Like White’s crazy good new album, ‘Lazaretto,’ which comes out on June 10? Seriously — just listen to this:

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