White Stripes Marriage License

White Stripes Marriage License

Glorious Noise values the truth as much as we value great rock and roll. So what’s to be done when these important values butt heads?

We go both ways.

Though the Detroit Free Press broke this story over a year ago, the White Stripes continue to propogate the rumor that they are in fact brother and sister. Now, fibs and mystery are part of rock and roll’s history. But so is laying it all on the line.

And so, Glorious Noise presents to you, for the first time on the web, a copy of Jack and Meg’s 1996 marriage license. Addresses and mothers’ maiden names have been removed to protect the innocent.

White Stripes Marriage License

Also: See the White Stripes Divorce Certificate.

117 thoughts on “White Stripes Marriage License”

  1. To counter our spreading of fact with the copy of the marriage license, I’d like to spead a little unsubstantiated rumor. A coworker who knows the author of the Free Press piece relates this story: After publishing the piece in which the brother-sister cover is blown, reporter is confronted by Jack White while out in a bar one night. Apparently Mr. White is pissed about the article because he threatens to kick the reporter’s ass.

  2. I don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish with that… I was just talking to a friend last night who saw them at the Magic Stick a couple years ago before they started they brother-sister rumour, and pondering why they’d bother with that when they were so obviously previously married.Good score, sab. What’s next, a hard-hitting photo series on stall graffiti left by Kid Rock?

  3. Does anyone really give a shit about this? Seems a little ridiculous…White Stripes have a very limited shelf-life, and have about 4 more months to enjoy their noteriety before the fad runs out

  4. I give a fuck. That’s at least one person, I’m betting that there are at least three others out there that do as well.

  5. How about a photo of the big suburban home that Kid Rock grew up in. He has this cool as heck white trash from the Motorcity persona, but the guy isn’t even from Detroit, and his family was far from white trash!f**king poser!Is that what it’s come to, that in today’s world people have to pose as white trash to be cool?

  6. Yeah, but if he’s going to kick my ass now, knowing that he’s really “John Gillis” makes me less scared.

  7. Mystique? This is the guy who used to be in “Goober & the Peas” and play the Cubby Bear! Rather than the Red & White Gap apparel, I’d love it if he’d start wearing his cowboy hat and western wear again and maybe throw a little hay into the audience.Also, posing as White Trash is very “last year”. Now, the cool thing is to pose as incestous brothers&sisters. I think next year’s theme will be vilified priests – but let’s wait and see

  8. they rock. who gives a fuck if they are related or not? let them have fun with propogating myths, let us debunk them, whatever, but let’s not get cynical. their music itself and their musical integrity are what are important.

  9. All I have to say is, ladies, GO see the White Stripes at the Metro if you haven’t, or if you have, I’ll be there…I think I’m in love with Mr. John Gillis, I don’t give a fuck what his name is…but in all seriousness, they rock, the show was well worth the drive to Detroit…about this whole brother and sister thing, though, seeing them perform, it’s obvious that these are people who have slept together, which makes it kind of creepy that he keeps calling her his sister.

  10. Is the certificate authentic? Where is the divorce certificate? If this was nestling in a public records library, how come no-one has pulled it before? And if it is authentic whose to say Meg wasn’t married to someone else. is it possible to prove Jack really is John Gillis?

  11. Ernie, someone has pulled the marriage licence: the Detroit Free Press, and we mention this in the intro and even link to the article. Which, by the way, was from March 2001.

  12. If anyone else want’s a marriage liscence I can make one for you! Yes kids it’s called PHOTOSHOP! Pretty simple indeed.

  13. Well, Shaun. Call the county courthouse yourself and get a copy. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is.

  14. I’m actually surprised the White Stripes apologists took so long. It usually only takes the kids a few posts to start accusing conspiracy when anyone has fun on their favorite bands. I’m sure pretty soon you’ll be accused of being “jealous” of the White Stripes. Pretty simple indeed…brillant

  15. All I know is White Stripes is still on my heavy rotaion list.Also, did you hear Gorillaz aren’t a real band? ;)

  16. Since I wrote the raving review about them a while back, should I be calling you guys bastards right now? I’m just trying to figure out standard mode of operation for “the fan”.Helen, glad you had an awesome time! I would feel bad if you thought they sucked.

  17. i don’t think anyone at glono is actually saying they’re any less entertaining of a band for having a gimmick. in fact, i sort of dig the fact that they’re propagating a farce. rock and roll is supposed to be scandalous and mythological to some degree. before we knew they were a married couple, we thought they were quaint and cute. even when we found out they were a divorced couple, by them decreeing that they’re brother and sister leaves us with some mental echo that they are somehow in an incestuous union. even since we know that’s not true, we can’t turn away from that. and really, when it comes down to it they’re just entertainers… when jack/john was in goober and the peas, did we really think he and the rest of the band was some backwaters brethren set forth to play some honky skronk from the hills. not really. though, the white stripes blurred that line and it was more believable. and so it’s just a better gimmick.

  18. Shaun the Canadian:Since I’m the guy who actually went to the Coleman A Young Municipal Center in downtown Detroit and pulled the marriage license, I am pretty sure that I did not create it in Photoshop.

  19. yeah, i think the “relations” farce is just an outgrowth of jack’s obsession with folk blues and its mythological traditions, which i for one am happy to engage in, while all the while knowing it’s not the actual truth. and thanks d. phillips. :)

  20. i agree with sarah – it’s a whole ‘genre’ thing for Jack.and of course THEY MU$T BE LOVING ALL THI$! — probably couldn’t wait to be ‘outed’!!!!

  21. I don’t know about Michigan, but where I come from I think the wedded couple are also meant to sign the license. Where are Jack and Megans signatures eh?

  22. ‘Tis true nicemandan, no actual signatures from the wedded couple needed, only two witnesses. In fact, in Illinois, you don’t even need a witness.

  23. jees! can’t u leave them alone? i mean, obviously not being contented with their (brilliant banging, crazy dancing and hip swinging) music, u have to delve into their lives aswell?! i mean, i preffered the mystery, personally, but i’d also like to remind you that even ‘pop stars’ are at privelage to their person privicy.

  24. As disgusted as you seem to be about “delv[ing] into their private lives”, you have somehow managed to come to this site to look at the marriage license. In addition, a marriage license is PUBLIC RECORD. Please note the word PUBLIC.

  25. Please wake me up when you use a name and a valid email address……I’ll never leave them alone. I want to be Meg’s boyfriend, and now that I know that her “brother” is out of the way, I can make my move!

  26. I think the reason they did it was so them and their earliest fans could have a little in-joke, or a way of seperating the ‘true fans’ from the others. I don’t know why they would care after the joke was found out…maybe so that they wouldn’t get questioned about it..hmmm…

  27. okay, so there’s this. which could prove something, and could be a coincidence. since you have these fabulous resources to obtain marriage licenses, ever think to look for birth certificates for the two (as of right now fictitious) white siblings?

  28. Are their “earliest fans” (you know, the “true fans”) retarded? Or do they really think this is anything other than a publicity stunt?

  29. Actually, the earliest fans, the people in Detroit, have known this all along, and have laughed at the rest of the world for taking this so seriously.

  30. I never really cared one way or another. To me it was about as interesting as whether or not someone uses their real name. If someone wants to present themselves a certain way that doesn’t take advantage, I don’t see the harm. It’s show biz. So what. Who gets hurt (or benefits) by knowing if they’re husband/wife, brother/sister, cat/dog, tomato/tomatoe.

  31. Were the early fans from Detroit laughing about the rest of the world taking this seriously when some of them actually spent time and money to acquire a marriage lisence and divorce certificate from their local government and then post it on a website? They sound hip and neato

  32. I’m just surprised that anyone would be offended by the posting of the White Stripes marriage license. Didn’t the White Stripes bring this on themselves by playing their game with the media? Isn’t Glorious Noise just continuing the game?

  33. i think this is really important, i , who own and loved each white stripe record i own can’t believe i was fooled, i will never listen to them again. it just bothers me that in a world where the internet is at my fingertips, in an age where all information should be at my disposal at all times, that i could be duped in such a way. the white stripes suck for that, i should be able to know everything about everybody anytime anywhere and thank god for things like glorious nosy which help themselves and us, all of which have dismal lives and must use the internet to feel something real, they need to be thanked for this without people like them i would still like the white stripes and still be stupid enough to believe their crazy stories. i was going to go out in the world today and have a real conversation with someone but now since i’ve read this piece on the stripes i will forever live my life vicariously through others on a computer screen, i will nit pick every celebrity i see fit, and i am throwing out my ramones records to boot, not brother and sister? what assholes, we’re smarter than that right guys?…..wait a minute i’m in this band.

  34. don’t mean to sound silly, but has anyone ever done a simple maths-problem? I mean, look at the birthdates on the marriage licence: Jack’s b-date is July 9, 1975, Meg’s b-date is December 10, 1974. That would mean that their mother gave birth to Meg, and 7 months later to Jack! Like, duh!!! It would be sooo impossible!! Or she’d have had to get pregnant immediately after giving birth to Meg, and Jack would have to been born 2 months prematurely…what are the odds??? Point made.

  35. i agree with jen…doesn’t change the music, which is awesome!! i mean come on…if you’re going to be that superficial about it you might as well be listening to britney spears… :/

  36. im going to see jack/john and meg/gillis/white perform this wed in st louis with my daughter/sweetheart/motherwife. i hooe the music doesnt confuse me. my dog ,gypsy and i have been happily married for two years now. its a common law arranged marriage but we love each other very much. we listen to the white stripes together but she wont acknowledge meg is my sister. for real!

  37. OK…who truthfully cares about if it’s real or not? The administrators of this site say it is, providing references, where to go physically to get it, a website at which to order it, as well as links to an established newspaper who broke the story. It’s a matter of public record, and this is a public website who posted it, thinking people would be interested. So, even if you claim you’re not, you ARE, for the sheer fact you’re posting. I think it’s brilliant that this site posted it, because not only did it bring viewers to their site, but also promoted The White Stripes. And if it isn’t true, I don’t really care, either. If it isn’t a real document, it’s been on this site since–what was it–March 2001? Someone out there would have probably gone to the courthouse to get the truth to rub it in this site’s admin’s faces; they have too much to lose to claim something untrue.Also very shrewd is this whole blurring of the lines on The White Stripes’ part. What better way to generate publicity than controversy? Very smart.For what it’s worth (admittedly probably not much), I got to this site by searching Google for “Meg White.” I had wondered upon seeing the band on the MTV Movie Awards if they were married or siblings, but it wasn’t a burning question in my mind. Now I know (or at least, this is what I believe), but I wouldn’t have died if I never knew.

  38. I think if Jack and Meg really did marry and wannted it private they should be able to keep it that way and it’s also horriable to all the adoring fans who are crushing on either meg or jack white. And another thing if this is not just a big scam then why would the inside of their CD read, and this sister with her hands and this brother with his knees? So I think that this marriage lisense is fake, i mean you could have easialy pulled it off every good fan knows their real name and all their other stuff and more of what you put on that fake certificate!

  39. This is such a fake! As a good fan i cheacked these so callled reasources and The jerks that pulled this $hit should be kicked to death!!!!!

  40. Generally, marriage and divorce papers have to be signed BY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MARRIED OR DIVORCED!!!!!! STUPIDS!!!!! This is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fake it’s hysterical!!!Thank you ever so for the laugh.

  41. Either way i think it’s hilarious. my theory is that they just got sick of going into the whole divorced story so they just decided to shorten it to the brother/sister thing. sounds logical to me. anyway unless any of us are going to be legally married to meg or jack why should it matter to us? i just looked on here to try to find some proof for my argument with my roomate. come on don’t any of you think this whole thing is just silly, but a really great publicity stunt even if they didn’t intend for it to be?

  42. first, i have to start out by saying that this whole thing is completely and utterly ridiculous. Anybody can make up a fake marriage license. why can’t people just trust what they say and leave it at that? even if they aren’t brother/sister, that shouldn’t affect whether or not you like the music. good music is good music. i think that if they came out and told the whole truth, if they havn’t already, that would make them just another band. i mean, part of what draws people to them is the air of mystery around them. another thing is that it is jack and meg’s own lives and they deserve their privacy. how would you feel if everyone was trying to delve into all the dirt in your life? that’s what i thought. anyway, just forget this whole thing and listen to some great music by the white stripes. i think you’ll enjoy them if you ever get past this debate. oh, and by the way i think jack white/john gillis, or whatever his name is, is pretty damn sexy. who really cares???

  43. Have the people at the end of this board read the messages at the top? Because you’re just having the same conversation again… Whatever the connection, the Stripes are the greatest, rawest, sexiest band to hit the planet in a decade. I can’t believe it even matters if they slept in the same bed or popped out of the same womb… You know, music is full of lies and mysteries, and that’s generally what makes musicians [and sometimes music...] interesting. If Jack/John/God and Meg feel comfortable with this ruse, let it lie. Can’t you just laugh at the “sister” comments with the rest of us and enjoy the music? For shame people, for shame…

  44. Enough of your hippie, zen philisophical B.S. “It’s all about the music, forget their personal lives. The music’s the only thing we should be focused on..blah, blah, blah.” Well, you have proved your point I see. Good thing you’re out ‘listening to their music’ instead of on here excersizing your opinion and participating in the gossip.

  45. Face it..whoever is posting here, has gone far out of their way to read the gossip about the incestuous/marital?? relationship on this website. …so quit telling everyone to stay out of Meg/Jack’s business. You are..and we all are entitled to being just as much of a nuissance as you are. At least, we are honest about being snoopy nuissances, unlike you hypocrites. Making well known music=being in the public eye..Get over it and quit yer Bitchin’. We are all just stalker groupies on different levels here.

  46. If you choose a profession where you’re going to be in the public eye then you should be prepared to deal with the shit that goes along with it. I mean, yeah you have people going into private business, but it’s a small price to pay when you get to do what you love everyday, and get paid a ridiculus amount of cash to do it. If you don’t like it that much, and are going to have some kind of emo breakdown, than go bag in a grocery store for 6 bucks an hour and see how it works out. I mean damn, is the White Stripes schtick getting tired? Yes. But is their songwriting steller? Yes. Do most people only care about this band cos the girl has enormous melons? Yes. So really, even though these two kinda look like they came from parents who are brother and sister, they still rock. That’s all that should matter.

  47. Hey any guys out there wanna get to know a 17/female from Texas then email me at sharilyn_17@yahoo.com. I am 5’10′, i have straight short dark blonde hair, green eyes, 40C bust size, and long legs. I used to be a basketball player and a volleyball player, but i dropped out of that. Too many preps on the team. Anyways if any of you white boys wanna talk to a white gurl then email me sometime. ok. Thanks- Shari

  48. I can’t imagine how a hottie like Jack could ever get aroused by such a cold dead fish as Meg. She’s butt-ugly and as non hot as it gets. Yuk!

    But yeah, she’s got huge saggy boobs and I guess that’s why. Pity, pity…

  49. That is sooo fake… you just bought or stole that marraige license off some couple who happend to live in Detroit and happend to have the same names as Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes, except the middle names are wrong and it’s clear that they are brother and sister. How could you explain how they have the same colour hair, same colour skin, same shape nose…ect.?????

  50. i don’t believe that those marriage certificates are real, to be honest i would like to know the truth eventually, i do believe that they are brother and sister tho, but that might not be true, i dunno

  51. I’ve just read all your damn comments right now and (everybody round here is always repeating, so will I) there are two real true things said

    1)Everyone who posted was here to get know if they were married, so please don’t tell us it’s only about the music – if it would be like that the whole merchandise industry had a real problem, and they do not have, eh?

    2)If they had some kind of relation of course it would change a lot, coz you will see his songs in a totally different way: Cuase I want to keep you in my pocket, where there’s no way out, put it in the safe and lock it, ‘CAUSE IT’S HOME SWEET HOME!!!

  52. TO ALL WHO LIKE THE BAND:THE WHITE STRIPES,MY NAME IS CAROL,I AM 46,MARRIED WITH 2 TEENAGER’S WHO LIKE SCA/NO DOUBT MUSIC AND SLIPKNOT AND THE MURDER DOLLS…I AM A DISPLACED HIPPIE,FROM A TIME WHEN DRUGS,SEX AND ROCK-N-ROLL MENT SOMETHING TO THE FAN’S OF THE BAND’S THAT THEY LIKED AND ALONG WITH THAT ALSO CAME A KNOWING OF RESPECT FOR EACH MEMBER OF THAT BAND…I LIKE THE WHITE STRIPES VERY MUCH,THEY ARE NOT UN-LIKE THE BANDS OF THE PAST,AND FOR ME IT SOUNDS GOOD TO HEAR IT ALL AGAIN WITH A TWIST…GRANTED,IT IS A TERRIFIC PLOY AND ATTENTION GETTER,AND NONE OF US WILL REALLY KNOW THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR PRIVATE LIVES…I THINK THAT WE SHOULD WISH THEM THE BEST AND LET THEM JUST LIVE THEIR LIVES AND KEEP GIVING US GREAT MUSIC TO LISTEN TO UNTIL THEY FEEL THAT IT IS NOT FUN FOR THEM ANYMORE…WE REALLY ARE JUST GOING ALONG ON THEIR RIDE AND IF WE COULD STAY REAL AND ENJOY THEM FROM A DISTANCE THEN IT WOULD SATISFY EVERYONE…NO ONE LIKE’S TO BE RIPPED APART AND DISECTED.IT GIVES YOU NOTHING MORE AT THE END OF THE DAY BUT BEING CALLED A NOSEY-BODY AND THRILL SEEKER…IF ANY OF YOU WERE REAL FANS OF THE WHITE STRIPES YOU WOULD KNOW WHEN TO BACK OFF AND BE HUMAN,AND KIND.GIVE PRIVACY TO THESE PEOPLE WHO BRING HAPPINESS INTO OUR LIVES THROUGH THEIR MUSIC…MAYBE IT’S MY AGE SHOWING,BUT ALL OF YOU NEED TO GROW UP AND TAKE A REALITY PILL, THEY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THE BUISNESS TELL US ONLY WHAT THEY WANT US TO HEAR AND KNOW NOT UN-LIKE OURSELVES IN OUR OWN LIVES…LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF EACH SONG…THAT WILL REALLY GIVE YOU A CLUE AS TO WHAT THEY ARE REALLY FEELING…CAROL…

  53. They just really wanted people to focus on their music and not worry about their relationship. It doesnt matter if they were married or related..well it would probably matter if they were married and related.. but then again they’re from michigan… but anyway really, they just didnt want a scandal or whatever even though there kind of was one.. it just proves the same thing over and over.. people dont care if your talented or not they’re just nosey idiots..so I really respect jack and meg for giving humanity the benefit of the doubt by hoping people wouldnt care about their personal lives.. but of course that didnt happen… so i guess what i mean to say is, I see their talent and have respect for them no matter what their relationship..

  54. If in fact it’s real then you have done your homework and should have posted it.

    Anyways this band was brought to my attention by a poster of my forum.

    I listened to a sond and then searched out all songs from all cd’s.

    These folks ROCK major !!!!!!!!

    I love ALL the songs. They will go very far in the music biz !

  55. I used to hang out with a girl who befriended Jack and Meg at this local “bar” (The Magic Stick venue/billiards/bowling alley/pizzeria/bar). The certificate posted is probably a fake (who knows). But Jack’s real name is John Gillis. They were never actual brother and sister. You know how sometimes you can just be so close to someone, and they’re “like a sister/brother” to you? That’s exactly what it was. The story I heard is that Jack didn’t have much of a family and would always hang with Meg’s family, making her somewhat a sisterly figure. Then they fell in love. They grew apart and are total opposites, although they have a strong bond with the band and don’t want to break that up.

  56. how dare you ignorant morons try and tear people down like this…you have no right. the white stripes are amazing musicians and deserve all they have and more wether or not they decide to give into the pressures of hollywood and let people disect them like dead rodents. whether they are siblings or not theyre about the music and their true fans shouldnt even care. and for those of you that seem to care so damn much about something thats none of your goddamn buisness…you can get a life that may be worth something because its obvious the ones you have one have are worthless. and just as a closing…the two will not only go on to be bigger then they already are, but i can pretty much assure you that they, unlike other “musicians” will remain with the same values and will remain in mainstream for quite a while because they are not just a fad but theyre true, talented, unbeleivable musicians and people.

  57. i love the white stripes. i think they are amazing, but knowing if they are brother and sister or ex-husband and ex-wife has nothing to do with their music. and a true white stripes fan will like them for their music, not for the relationship between them. people care to much of the buissness of celebrities then there own life, and its not worth it. live your life.

  58. HEY JEN….

    HOW DARE YOU CALL MEG WHITE UGLY ??? YOU FUCKING BITCH !!! WHAT THE HELL DO YOU LOOK LIKE ?? LET’S SEE A PICTURE…I DON’T SEE JACK WHITE RUSHING TO YOUR DOOR TO FUCK YOU. WITH A NARROW-MINDED, HATEFUL ATTITUDE LIKE YOURS, HE WOULDN’T GIVE YOU A SECOND GLANCE, YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT. LET’S SEE YOU PLAY THE DRUMS….MEG COULD KICK YOUR LITTLE ASS WITH ONE ARM TIED BEHIND HER BACK……AND I BET SHE COULD STILL KICK OUT COOL ASS BEATS AT THE SAME TIME SHE’S KICKING YOUR ASS, WITH HER HAND TIED BEHIND HER BACK.

  59. This is so amusing. Jack and Meg think so too…It’s actually kind of funny to watch people debate over such an obvious issue.

    Are they brother and sister ?? Or were they really married ??

    Come on guys, is it THAT hard to figure out?

  60. Now i know why i don’t want to own a computer…Thanks guys.

    I have to get offline now, you people are making me sick….

    Very funny, Heather…”pussy face” ??? Oh my god. You are sick !!! :)

  61. Who the fuck cares about any of this? Celebrities are regular people. Think about it, all they are, are people who were probably once really wonderful, and then becoming famous turned them into spoiled dipshits and now EVERYONE seems to want to know what’s going on in celebrities lives. You guys have this whole message board of wondering whether or not Meg and Jack White are brother and sister or ex husband and wife. Who the FUCK gives a shit?? Why would it matter in the first place, and secondly, why would you make a whole fucking board about it. That’s really sick, to care about a detail of someones life so much. If someone you knew happened to play guitar and his ex wife sang, you wouldn’t make a god damn website about it, would you? This is pathetic. People, stop caring about the lives of celebrities.

  62. This whole thing cracked me up! Thanks, I needed a good laugh…it’s amazing how you can ALTER documents in this day in age…isn’t it?

  63. It’s actually kind of funny how worked up people are getting. It’s not like you posted a vicious, disgusting lie about the Stripes…but oops, i guess these people are really attached to their disillusions so here we are now.

    I know, I know, it’s been said way too many times already, but I’m really just in it for the music. That’s it. Honestly.

    Oh, and seeing as the gossip rags will make anything and everything up, I really think that the Stripes spreading their own, pre-emptive gossip strike is a stroke of genius. Come to think of it, that’s the Stripes in just one word…genius.

    Live a little, everyone, and pick your battles carefully.

  64. Quick question, if this is an authentic piece, the same person must have filled out both meg’s and john’s parts, beecause the writing is the same. the same person wrote it. so if it is true, there is a problem. unless unable to write out he divorce sheet on their own, it doesnt count. and to me, both meg and john seem to be able to play guiitar and ddrum fine, so they should be able to write their own names….

  65. Hmmm actually Jack is a common diminutive for john. Also i’m convinced that this is actually a fake, there are bro and sis, just like john lenon, kurt cobain and elvis presley aren’t dead, they’re just hidden somewhere.

  66. I care, and you idiots that keep saying “who gives a fuck” obviously have no morals. Do you like it when someone lies to you? Obviously you must. Their music is great but I do not appreciate getting lied to, and for a what? A stupid rumor? I’m glad that a stupid rumor is more important to them than telling their dedicated fans the truth….

  67. Oh sweetie,

    morals? music industry? Do you really believe that exists?

    I think your expectations may continue to fuck you up the ass.

  68. I don’t want to be negative, but if all this is true, than I’m sure the White Stripes won’t last much longer.

    OK, not the same thing, but remember ABBA? Agnetha Fältskog was married to Björn Ulvaeus, & Benny Andersson to Anni-Frid Lyngstad. When each couple broke up, so did ABBA.

    Many other examples out there.

    Divorce? One this is cetain: No more Stripes soon.

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