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Jack White is a weirdo. From buying giant taxidermy pieces of art from the American Pickers guys to saving a Masonic Temple with a large donation, he marches to the beat of his own drummer. To the general public, the offbeat attitude and aggressive opinions are pretty endearing, but to his ex-wife, they’re apparently cause for serious worry.

According to The New York Daily News, model Karen Elson is claiming her rocker ex-husband has been pressuring her to sign an agreement about how she’ll parent the children. Beyond that, he’s allegedly sent her emails demanding she transfer their son to a different class because another musician (allegedly Dan Auberbach of The Black Keys), who White despises, has a son in the same class, and he’s not interested in spending the next decade sitting next to that guy at school events. Apparently, some of these email exchanges have gotten very heated, and as a result, Elson decided to go in front of a judge to secure a restraining order, which was granted on a temporary basis.

For the time being, White is barred from contacting his wife by any other method than email. On August 29, a full hearing will be held to determine how to move forward. One would imagine at least some type of restraining order will be upheld just for the sake of civility, but clearly, all avenues of communication will not be closed since they share a child and need to communicate for the sake of their two children. Besides, it’s not as if anyone is claiming direct death threats or anything like that were made.

When White and Elson first separated about two years ago, they were determined to make the split as amicable as possible. In fact, they even invited all of their friends to a breaking up party with the intention of letting everyone know there would be nothing but good will moving forward. Obviously, those good vibes soured quite awhile ago, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way the couple could find that same magic in the future. Deep down, they’re both clearly very sensible people on some level. They just need to look inwards and find that again because getting along and communicating like rational human beings is always far better than screaming at each other and paying lawyers to settle things in court.

Because it’s Friday and we could all use a little diversion, here’s “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes…

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