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Karen Elson reveals she and Jack White attempted ‘conscious uncoupling’

Karen Elson reveals she and Jack White attempted ‘conscious uncoupling’
Musician and model describes White as ‘a dear friend’

Karen Elson says that she and her ex-husband Jack White attempted to do the “conscious-uncoupling thing” before divorcing in 2013.

The English musician and model married US artist White in 2005. They have two teenage children together.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Elson, 42, said the White Stripes and Raconteurs frontman is now a “dear friend”.

“Every divorce has its challenging moments. We first tried to do the Goopy conscious-uncoupling thing,” she said.

“That all fell on its head, but now I can wholeheartedly say that my ex-husband is a dear friend and someone I love.

“I look at him and think ‘You’re my family’. I know him as ‘Dad’ – I roll my eyes at his dad jokes and I offer him advice when our teenagers are giving him grief.”

“Our relationship is purely that of parents,” she added.

The term “conscious uncoupling” gained mainstream prominence after it was used by Hollywood actor and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, to announce their divorce in 2014.

Elson is a founding member and performer with the New York-based cabaret troupe The Citizens Band and has also collaborated with artists including Cat Power.

White has announced two new albums for release in 2022, Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive.

The February issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is on sale from 6 January.

Additional reporting by Press Association