Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Explains Break-Up With Thurston Moore

The break-up of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore was pretty earth-shattering. The event was to music what Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson breaking up would be in the acting world or Kate Middleton and Prince William breaking up would be in the political sphere, or Bill and Giuliana Rancic would be in the business/ gossip mash-up realm. Alright, maybe Gordon and Moore aren’t quite as prevalent, but for those who loved the indie duo and the beautiful music the couple’s band made together, it was extremely sad.

Gordon is at least darling enough to warrant a big editorial in this month’s Elle, in which the singer talked about her painful split and why things ended when they did. Gordon tells the magazine that a young woman had been part of their social group for a while, dating within the group and later working with Moore on a literary project. One thing led to another, and soon the singer was carrying on an affair. Gordon also says the couple tried to make it work, but in the end they split, and she was left listening to rap music for comfort.

"We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do. Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul."

Despite not being formally divorced, the couple have moved on. Moore is still dating the woman he broke up with his wife for and Gordon has broadened her dating pool, with the magazine outlet noting a restaurateur, an architect, and an actor are all vying for her affection. Still, it’s always sad when a long-time couple calls it quits, especially when that couple consists of indie darlings who have given up on a relationship under the most clichéd and sorry circumstances. Even if there were other underlying problems in their relationship, the affair is what people will remember, and even if Moore and Gordan manage to remain on friendly or even cordial terms with one another, it will always be something that can’t be taken back.

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