The White Stripes have officially broken up. According to a statement on the band's Web site: "The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want."
The band explains the reason for the break up is "for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
I would like to personally extend thanks to Jack and Meg White for releasing this statement today rather than tomorrow. Considering tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and red clothing is customarily worn, had the Whites' statement been released then, I wouldn't have known who was celebrating CNY and who was mourning the red garb-loving White Stripes' demise.