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Jack White: I Almost Never Speak to Meg

Meg and Jack WhiteJack White admits he "almost never" speaks to his former bandmate Meg White.

The ex-White Stripes singer, whose band called it a day in 2011, has since forged his own successful solo career and claims hardly anybody he knows speaks to drummer Meg since the band split.

"I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I'd have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it's almost never," he told Rolling Stone.

Talking about how Meg's personality came to affect the pair's relationship, Jack explained, "She's one of those people who won't high five me when I get the touchdown. She viewed me that way of, 'Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?' Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We'd be working in the studio and something amazing would happen, I'm like, 'Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!' And Meg's sitting in silence. I remember hearing Ringo Starr say, 'I always felt sorry for Elvis, because in The Beatles we had each other to talk about what it felt like. Elvis was by himself.' I was like, '####, try being in a two-piece where the other person doesn't talk!'"

But despite their differences, he praised Meg's talent and stage presence and how the pair worked together to become a successful duo selling millions of records, having formed the band in 1997: "I would often look at her onstage and say, 'I can't believe she's up there.' I don't think she understood how important she was to the band, and to me and to music. She was the antithesis of a modern drummer. So childlike and incredible and inspiring. All the not-talking didn't matter, because onstage, nothing I do will top that."

Jack's new album, Lazaretto, will be released on June 9.

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