Jack White explained in a later interview that they had devised the lie as a way to get people to focus on their music rather than their personal lives.
, presented a decidedly different sound, significantly more complex, with piano featured more prominently than electric guitar.
We’d be working in the studio and something amazing would happen: I’m like, ‘Damn, we just broke into a new world right there! I remember hearing Ringo Starr say, ‘I always felt sorry for Elvis, because in the Beatles we had each other to talk about what it felt like. All the not-talking didn’t matter, because onstage?
Elvis was by himself.’ I was like, ‘Shit, try being in a two-piece where the other person doesn’t talk! Yet, Jack still maintained Meg’s importance to the Stripes: “I would often look at her onstage and say, ‘I can’t believe she’s up there.’ I don’t think she understood how important she was to the band, and to me and to music. Nothing I do will top that.” Jack didn’t address the possibility of an eventual reunion with Meg, but it certainly looks more bleak than ever.
Not long after, Jack White — still known, at that time, as Jack Gillis — began dating a girl named Meg White, a bartender at a local barbecue joint called Memphis Smoke.
They married on September 21, 1996, when both were just 21 years old; in an unconventional move, Jack Gillis took his bride's surname rather than vice versa, becoming Jack White.
A career in upholstery was not to be, but White did record a demo album with one of his coworkers under the moniker, The Upholsterers.