Jack White propose and weds Olivia Jean on stage in Detroit
April 9, 2022
Jack White of the White Stripes proposed and married girlfriend, Olivia Jean on stage in Detroit.
According to Detroit Free Press writer Brian McCollum, the headliner was 80 minutes into his set and performing “Hotel Yorba,” which he’d brought Jean out on stage to sing background vocals on when the show took a detour. White introduced her as his girlfriend and said, “And I love her very much,” an unusual PDA for White, although things were about to get more unusual.
The song has a lyric, “Let’s get married,” the approach of which was White’s cue to have the band drop out and to get his assistant to start filming the proceedings on a cell phone.
“I’ve got a little question for you, Olivia Jean. Will you marry me?” he said. After she “signalled a gushing, yes, her face tear-streaked,” as McCollum put it, they finished the White Stripes’ signature number — with White picking it back up with a jubilant reading of that “Let’s get married” line — and he carried his fiance offstage.
Minutes later, they returned to the stage for an encore that included a wedding ceremony, for which White’s mother, Theresa Gillis, was on hand. Jean’s father also came onto the stage mid-vows, which led White to take him aside and ask if they had his blessing — “be honest!”
This will be White’s third marriage, he was previously wed to White Stripes drummer Meg White and model Karen Elson, who also recorded for Third Man.