Published: 06-Dec-2012 08:16
Jack White felt prepared for life as a solo artist after the White Stripes split because he rarely received any help or feedback from his former bandmate Meg White.
The former married couple hit the big time in 2002 with the release of their hit album White Blood Cells, and they put out three more critically acclaimed records before splitting last year.
Drummer Meg remained largely in the background during the duo's time in the spotlight and rarely spoke to the press, and White admits his ex-wife was just as distant when they worked together in the studio.
He tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "In The White Stripes, it was impossible to share the good moments with Meg because she was very uninterested. If something nice happened, it wasn't like we would hug or have a drink. That wasn't what went on.
"We would record a White Stripes song in a studio, and it would be me and Meg and an engineer. So we would finish a mix of a song and I'd say, 'Wow! That's pretty good!' I'd look around and Meg would just be sitting there, and the engineer would just be sitting there. So it would be sorta like, 'OK, let's move on to the next one.'"
However, the rocker, who released his debut solo album Blunderbuss earlier this year, insists Meg's lack of enthusiasm pushed him to hone his own skills as a songwriter.
He adds, "It was just me by myself. But it was the best thing for me. It taught me a lot about trusting my gut. Now I take that wherever I go."