Many pals envied The White Stripes' success...
Scott Colothan

10:30 19th July 2005

Jack White

Jack White has revealed since The White Stripes shot to fame in 1999 many of their friends in Detroit were consumed by jealousy and hatred.

The singer admits that he shouldn’t have remained living in his native city since the band’s meteoric rise to stardom, to avoid the envy amongst pals and associates.

He said: “A lot of extreme behaviour was going on. I was fighting a lot of losing battles. My mistake is I continued living where I'm from, Detroit, after I got successful. You're not supposed to do that.

"I lost a lot of friends - a lot of people burned us. It seemed like the family of musicians that we'd found, that I'd loved and that had embraced us, had in some cases turned its back on me.”

As breakingnews reports, he continued: "I wanted to know why they hated me so much. I couldn't just say: 'Hey, it's their problem.' "