Jack White's estranged wife has obtained a restraining order against the White Stripes frontman. Karen Elson, obtained the order in Tennessee, after claiming White had a violent temper. Elson was forced into taking this action after allegedly receiving irate and inappropriate emails from her husband. The couple are currently in a custody battle: Elson maintains White is unfit to care for their two children, who currently reside with her.

Jack White
Jack White at 55th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in L.A.

In legal documentation, obtained by the Nashville City Paper, Elson states that she is fearful for her own safety and that of her two children's.  The excerpt read: the "wife fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment," the order read, describing how White contacted his ex-wife's paralegal "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner."

The documentation refers to a number of incidents in which White demonstrated bizarre habits and behaviour. According to the Nashville City Paper, White requested Elson remove the children from their school because they were in a class with another entertainer's child. This unnamed entertainer, White thought had "ripped off" his music.

Karen ElsonKaren Elson at New York Fashion Week - Spring/Summer 2013.


The concept of being "ripped off" seems to be a reoccurring reason for White's behaviour: in one of the aggressive emails White allegedly wrote: "I'm not extending this anymore [the court case and settlement]. And we're not getting lawyers involved to rip me off." In another instance White was angered by Elson's attendance at the wedding of another musician who had also "ripped off" his music.

The couple married in 2005 but separated in 2011. Elson filed for divorce last year and has been embroiled in a difficult custody battle since.

Elson's lawyer has issued a statement in which she claims the family are attempting to resolve matters privately. 

Jack White and Karen Elson
Jack White and Karen Elson at the 'Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 2008.