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Not that we view indie-rock couples as especially grounded, but news of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s split left us devastated — mainly because we knew it to be the end of Sonic Youth. They’ve continued on with their various projects; Kim with her noise duo Body/Head and Moore with his Chelsea Light Moving. However, the fact that it was an affair that ended 27-year marriage still came as a surprise to some.

As Kim put it nonchalantly in an interview with Elle last year, “It ended in a kind of normal way—midlife crisis, starstruck woman,” and that was it. There had been no comment from Moore… Until now. Via The Fly:

“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.”

Moore is now living in London with Eva Prinz, the woman Gordon referred to in the interview. Of his new relationship, he said:

“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.”

Peep one of their last interviews together via Vice below: