The White Stripes have announced via their official website that they have broken up.
In a statement posted today the band explain "the reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue. It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
There is a small silver lining, as the post goes on to explain, Jack White's Third Man record label will continue to release unheard material and live recordings from the duo via a subscription club.
Needless to say, as long time fans of the band, the MusicRadar team are very sad to see them go. Let us know your thoughts on the split by posting a comment below or via Facebook or Twitter.