Family member is accused of speading lies...
Lowri Williams

14:46 20th August 2004

The White Stripes have hit back at yesterday's claims that they are on the verge of a split.

According to the band's spokesman, Ben Blackwell, nephew of White Stripes star Jack White, has been spreading lies about the demise of the band for no obvious reason.

Speaking to papers in the states he has been quoted as saying "the word in Detroit is that The White Stripes are near done.

”He could certainly live off The White Stripes' legacy for the rest of his life. And that's the best motivator, he can do whatever he wants now and he doesn't have to worry about whether it's safe or commercially viable," said Blackwell as reported on the 6music website.

The band's spokesperson commented: "Its horse shit!!" they said, "that's the official line. They're headlining Reading for frigs sake!"