No, Jack White Is Not Using Heroin

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Jack White issued a statement over the weekend in which he clarified that he is not using heroin, after a joke he made in a recent interview about using the drug was taken seriously by a number of outlets.

Asked in a recent interview with the Irish Times about the 11-year gap between Raconteurs albums, White remarked, "Well, when Brendan (Benson, Raconteurs guitarist/singer) gave up alcohol, I started doing heroin, so that delayed things."

The satirical nature of the quote was apparently lost on some, however, as a number of outlets subsequently reported it as if White was being serious.

White responded in a lengthy note posted to Instagram, writing in part, "I’ve never done heroin or any other illegal drug in my life and anyone close to me could confirm this. If you’d actually read the article in full, you could see that I was joking. I suppose Spin never lets the facts get in the way of good clickbait."

White also slammed several other instances of "clickbait" journalism, saying, "Back in my day in the 1800s, artists weren’t punished for taking the road less traveled, or for answering questions with unpopular responses . . . Hell, we were even expected to rebel against the status quo if you can believe that."

White closed his note by writing, "If you love music and the arts, I think your organizations should start to learn to do the same thing, or at least pretend you love music rather than looking to please your advertisers with clicks."

White and the Raconteurs released their first album since 2008, Help Us Stranger, on June 21st.