By Amber Ray
May 24, 2014 at 09:13 PM EDT
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Three years have passed, but the White Stripes’ breakup just keeps getting more depressing.

After the Jack White-Meg White duo confirmed their split in 2011 — “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way,” they said at the time — Jack remained in the spotlight while Meg just kind of… disappeared.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Jack reveals his one-time wife remains so elusive, he rarely speaks to her anymore. “I don’t think anyone talks to Meg. She’s always been a hermit,” he says in the cover story. “When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never.”

Jack says the White Stripes drummer was always emotionally distant. “She’s one of those people who won’t high-five me when I get the touchdown,” he explains. “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!’ And Meg’s sitting in silence.”

Whatever difficulty they had in connecting on an emotional level, Jack never felt distant to his partner musically. “I don’t think she understood how important she was to the band, and to me, and to music,” he says. “She was the antithesis of a modern drummer. So childlike and incredible and inspiring. All the not-talking didn’t matter, because onstage? Nothing I do will top that.”

Jack White’s new solo album, Lazaretto, drops June 10.

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