The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Jack White Call a Truce After a Very Public War of Words

by Sophie Schillaci 12:36 PM PDT, September 14, 2015
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Patrick Carney and Jack White are at it again.

The indie stars reignited their public feud over the weekend, with The Black Keys' drummer accusing White of attempting to start a fight at a New York City club. In a series of tweets, which he has since deleted, Carney accused White of publicly bullying him.

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"I've never met Jack White. Until last night. He came to a bar in NYC I go to a lot with a few friends and tried to fight me," Carney wrote. "I don't fight and don't get fighting, but he was mad!!!"

Carney continued, "Jack White. A 40-year-old bully tried to fight the 35-year-old nerd. It might get loud, but it might also get really really sad and pathetic."

This is hardly the first time a member of The Black Keys has been at odds with White -- most notably, when the latter accused the former of "ripping off" his sound in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone and when leaked private emails revealed that White had begged his ex-wife to remove his children from the same classroom as the daughter of Keys' Dan Auerbach.

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Following the alleged NYC incident over the weekend, a rep for White issued a strongly worded statement to Carney.

"Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or 'bullied' you," White said. "You were asked a question you couldn't answer, so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story." According to Rolling Stone, White's rep couldn't confirm which "question" had allegedly been asked.

Carney then upped the ante with another public statement. "I got into music because of people like him. The bully a**holes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a collaborative and non-competitive thing. So, to get macho bullsh*t from within the musical community makes me angry and sad."

But as of Monday, the bad blood seems to have subsided. "Talked to Jack for an hour," Carney tweeted. "He's cool. All good."

At the end of the day, this all pales in comparison to the epic feud between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus at this year's MTV Video Music Awards – which, as far as we know, has not yet been resolved. See the chilling/hilarious moment in the video below.