Jack White’s divorce is finally over!
A Davidson County Circuit Court judge signed off Nov. 26 on what appears to be an amicable divorce agreement between White and model Karen Elson, who initially filed for the divorce in September 2012. The agreement means White and Elson essentially keep what property they currently have. It gives her primary custody of their two children, with White getting about 150 days a year with them and agreeing to provide child support and health insurance.
Laura Eldeiry, White’s publicist, said he would have no comment about his divorce. Attorney John Hollins Jr. brokered the final divorce agreement, but could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
It’s a quiet ending to what was shaping up to be a potentially acrimonious divorce for the high-profile Nashville couple.
The pair married in 2005 after having met on the set of the music video “Blue Orchid,” the first single from the White Stripes’ album “Get Behind Me Satan.” Six years later, in June 2011, the couple announced they would be splitting up — by throwing a party together.
“We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee. We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow,” the couple wrote in a press release at the time. “In honor of that time shared, we are throwing a divorce party, an evening together in Nashville to re-affirm our friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family.”
Elson formally filed for divorce the following September. The case stalled until July of this year, when Elson asked for a restraining order against White and that he be required to get a psychiatric evaluation.
In court paperwork, Elson accused White of pressuring her to settle the divorce and using abusive language toward her. She said he had become enraged that their child shared a classroom with one of Dan Auerbach’s children. Auerbach is one half of the blues-rock duo The Black Keys, a band White says ripped off his music, according to court records.
“These communications are often threatening in nature and the wife fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of this harassment,” Elson’s attorney wrote.
White denied the accusations, pointing to amicable email messages between the two and the fact that Elson left the children with him after her court filings. He also openly worried about the ramifications of such a public court filing.
“Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent toward his wife or children,” his attorney wrote.
The pair’s final divorce decree leaves White and Elson property they already have, while splitting up their business and musical interests. White, who first rose to prominence as the driving force behind the influential White Stripes, has multiple companies, including the Nashville-based Third Man Records. The British-born Elson may be best known for her modeling, but also has musical chops and has garnered praise for her work as a vocalist. Her debut album, “The Ghost Who Walks,” was produced by White, who also provides some backing vocals.
The divorce doesn’t require White to pay alimony, allowing him to keep his estimated $62,000 a month income intact. The divorce does divides up a quirky collection of cars, including a 1976 electric Citicar, a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 2013 Tesla SP, all of which White will keep.
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