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Thurston Moore Opens Up About Kim Gordon Split

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Since the announcement of Sonic Youth‘s indefinite hiatus and the personal split of the band’s fronting married couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, the male half of indie-rock’s biggest separation drama has kept quiet about the details of the 2013 breakup.

But Moore is now ready to talk about what happened. He recently chatted with the Fly about his feelings over the split as well as his relationship with the other woman, Eva Prinz. “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 just something I work through in my own world.”

After news of their breakup, Gordon talked to Elle magazine about Moore’s affair with Prinz, with whom he’s now living in London. While Gordon spoke about her feelings regarding her husband’s new relationship, Moore was mum about how he felt about Gordon’s opening up to Elle.

“I’d rather not,” he said. “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.”

Despite the awkwardness and bad blood that resulted from the breakup, Moore said he’s happy in his current relationship, which has been going on a lot longer than everyone initially thought. “I’m involved in a really sweet relationship, and it really does make me happy, it truly does,” he said. “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,” Moore continued. “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.”

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