Is the hardest button to button the one when you’re on diaper duty? Such are the thoughts undoubtedly preoccupying Jack White and his British model missus, Karen Elson, as the couple welcomed a new son on Tuesday.
“Karen Elson and Jack White are now the proud parents of a healthy baby boy,” said Chloe Walsh, publicist for the White Stripes frontman. “The new child and his mother are both feeling very healthy and happy.”
The infant, named Henry Lee White, is the second ankle biter for the couple. Henry’s sister, Scarlett Teresa White, was born in May 2006.
The 32-year-old White hooked up with the 28-year-old Elson after his two-year relationship with RenÃ©e Zellweger came to an end in 2004.
They tied the knot in June 2005 in a Brazil ceremony that reportedly took place in a canoe and was presided over by a shaman. His fellow Stripe, drummer Meg White, served as maid of honor.
While the pair announced it was the first marriage for both, the eccentric rocker was previously hitched to Meg White. Although the bandmates have routinely referred to themselves as siblings in the press, court documents show the Whites divorced in the late ’90s, before their band broke through in 2001.
Aside from being a highly sought after runway model, Elson is a singer and performer noted for her collaborations with the New York City-based cabaret troupe the Citizens Band. She teamed up with indie hero Cat Power on “I Love You (Me Either),” a tribute to French poet and composer Serge Gainsbourg, and costarred with White in the video for “Blue Orchid,” a track off 2005’s Grammy-winning Get Behind Me Satan.
The White Stripes released a sixth studio album, Icky Thump, in June. After a handful of raucous arena shows, the duo is due to kick off the second leg of their North American tour Sept. 13 at Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.