Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore Speaks Out on Divorce From Kim Gordon, Reveals Other Woman

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The experimental frontman explains the reason behind the indie rock power couple's 2011 split.

The indie rock world was shocked to its core when Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced they were splitting up in 2011 after 27 years of marriage. Beyond the reality check -- that one of the coolest relationships around was merely mortal -- came the realization that Sonic Youth was probably over as well.

The couple went pretty quiet after the fact, finishing a tour the band was on and keeping out of the music press tabloids with a request for privacy. That didn't mean the public lost interest, however. In April of last year, Sonic Youth fans learned in Elle that an affair led to the couple's split. Said Gordon: "It ended in a normal way -- midlife crisis, starstruck woman."

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A modest media witch hunt followed, with 34-year-old art book editor Eva Prinz -- 20 years Moore's junior -- outed as Moore's "other woman."

Now, Moore has discussed the subject for the first time in U.K. publication The Fly's current issue:

"I've had some life issues," he said. “In your 40s and 50s, things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's extremely … it's just something I work through in my own world."

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Moore said he is living in London now with Prinz: "I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does. But I'll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me, but everybody around us. There have been some fall outs, but that's to be expected. It's pretty heavy."

"I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now, that's kinda where I'm at."

When asked if he would specifically address Gordon's comments in Elle last year, he said, "I'd rather not. We don't have stipulations with each other about who we talk to or what we say; we're our own bosses. It's not about people having a right to know, it's how much you want to publicize it. I choose not to, besides what we speak about here."

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