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The White Stripes confirm split

The White Stripes

Story by Jack Foley

THE White Stripes have announced they have split up.

The Detroit duo of Jack and Meg White said they will “make no further new recordings or perform live” but thanked fans for their support.

The news came via a statement on their website, in which they said they were calling it a day for a “myriad of reasons” but mostly “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band”.

Denying that their reason for parting was “due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues”, the statement concluded with the hope that the news would not be met with “sorrow” from fans but seen as a “positive move”.

The White Stripes formed 13 years ago and released six studio albums. They were best known for tracks including Hotel Yorba, Fell In Love With A Girl and Seven Nation Army.

During their career, they also won numerous awards, including five Grammys and one BRIT and headlined a number of major UK festivals, including Glastonbury in 2005.

Their most recent album was 2007’s Icky Thump.