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Jack White marries girlfriend Olivia Jean onstage during tour opener in Detroit

Jack White married Olivia Jean, a singer on his Third Man label who had served as opening act at his tour opener in Detroit, on stage at the Masonic Temple Theatre. The surprise marriage proposal came just minutes earlier, in the middle of a rendition of “Hotel Yorba.” Third Man’s top man, Ben Blackwell, presided over the marriage, and White’s and Jean’s bass players served as best man and maid of honor.

According to Detroit Free Press writer Brian McCollum, White was 80 minutes into his set and performing “Hotel Yorba,” which he’d brought Jean out on stage to sing background vocals on. White introduced her as his girlfriend and said, “And I love her very much. I’ve got a little question for you, Olivia Jean. Will you marry me?”   Jean said yes, before White carried her off the stage.  Minutes later, the couple returned to the stage for an encore that included a wedding ceremony, with White’s mother, Theresa Gillis, in attendance, as well as Jean’s father joining the duo on stage.

It’s the third marriage for White, who was previously wed to White Stripes drummer Meg White and model Karen Elson, who also recorded for Third Man.

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