Jack and Meg White, better known as The White Stripes, decided to lie about their relationship because they did not think that critics or fans would take them seriously if they knew the truth. The truth being, that instead of the brother/sister band they claimed they were, Jack and Meg White were actually a husband and wife duo. 

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In 2002, a Detroit, Michigan newspaper discovered and printed the couple's wedding certificate from 1996. Despite this, the Whites insisted that they were, in fact, siblings, although in a recent interview, Jack White suggested why the lie would have been necessary. 

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In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jack White stated "It's funny that people think me and Meg sit up late at night, in front of a gas lamp, and come up with these intricate lies to trick people. If we had presented ourselves in another fashion... how would we have been perceived, right off the bat? When you see a band that is two pieces, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, you think, 'Oh, I see...'

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He continued to say that "When they're brother and sister, you go, 'Oh, that's interesting.' You care more about the music, not the relationship."