The White Stripes need to cut it out with all the breaking news emanating from South America.
Less than one week after the band surprised fans by announcing plans for a North American tour while in the wilds of Brazil (see “White Stripes Get Behind Satan With North American Tour” ) comes an announcement that Stripes frontman Jack White has married model Karen Elson in the Brazilian city of Manaus.
The band’s publicist confirmed a posting on WhiteStripes.com, which read, in part: “Karen Elson and Jack White were married yesterday (June 1) on the confluence of three rivers — the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon … by a traditional shaman priest on a canoe at the exact point where the three rivers met. … The ceremony was immediately followed by a blessing by a priest at a Catholic cathedral called Igreja Matric.”
White Stripes manager Ian Montone served as White’s best man, while Stripes drummer Meg White was Elson’s maid of honor. If Elson looks a bit familiar to Stripes fans, well, perhaps they’ve caught a glimpse of the band’s new video, “Blue Orchid,” which features Elson as a ghostly apparition in ultra-high heels (see “White Stripes’ Jack, In Black, Gets Satanic In ’Orchid’ Video” ).
But as with most things Stripes-related, the news of Jack’s nuptials should be taken with a grain of salt. The wedding announcement concludes with the statement that “this is the first marriage for both newlyweds,” which isn’t true. In 2003 The Detroit Free Press uncovered a 1996 marriage document between Jack and Meg (filed under their real names, John Anthony Gillis and Megan Martha White). They were divorced four years later.
But despite all that, the Stripes’ publicist insisted the announcement is true and that White and Elson are now officially married.
White’s marriage comes less than a month after former girlfriend actress Renée Zellweger tied the knot with country musician Kenny Chesney in a surprise ceremony on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The White Stripes’ new album, Get Behind Me Satan, hits stores Tuesday (see “White Stripes Album Preview: Confounding Satan Both Loud And Subtle” ).