Thursday, December 14, 2006

Personal life

White is known for his eccentric behavior, hobbies, and passions. He is, for instance, interested in taxidermy, an interest that sprung from his days in upholstering. White also has an obsession with the number three and all that it represents. His obsession with the number allegedly comes from when he looked at a three-legged stool at a Cracker Barrel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

As one of the White Stripes, White has also created some sensation on and off the stage. The band (when on official duty) dresses only in red, white, and black, which Jack believes are the three most powerful colors in the universe. Arguably, the greatest topic of intrigue has been the actual relationship between Jack and Meg. In early interviews, the pair presented themselves as siblings, two of ten. However, the Detroit Free Press famously produced copies of, not only their marriage licence, but divorce certificate, confirming their history as a married couple. Neither addresses the truth officially; however, over time, they have become less vocal about the origins of their relationship. Jack White has said, though, that siblings are "mated for life," and thus such relationships distract less from the music.

White unexpectedly married the model and singer Karen Elson (who appeared in the music video for the White Stripes song "Blue Orchid" directed by Floria Sigismondi) on June 1, 2005 in Manaus, Brazil, with manager Ian Montone as best man and Meg White as the maid of honor. Official wedding announcements stated that it was the first marriage for both. On May 2, 2006, the couple had a daughter, named Scarlett Teresa. She was born in Tennessee, where the couple recently bought a new home. The baby's surname is White. In 2006, it was revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List that White and Elson had a joint fortune of at least £20 million GBP (US$37 million). This ranked them at seventh place in the list of entertainers aged under 30 who were born or live in the United Kingdom, ahead of the likes of Orlando Bloom and Kate Winslet.

White gives few interviews and reveals few details of his private life. He states that he does not consider it relevant to his art, saying "It's the same thing as asking Michelangelo, 'What kind of shoes do you wear?'...In the end, it doesn't really matter ... the only thing that's going to be left is our records and photos."