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    Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:36:25

    Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Reveals Other Woman Involved in Split With Thurston Moore - They were married and in Sonic Youth forever

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    When Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of alt noise pioneers Sonic Youth split in 2011, it shocked the rock world. The duo had been married since 1984 and were an enduring couple on the alt rock scene. They bucked the trends, rocking out and enjoying married life. Now, Gordon has revealed that another woman and a midlife crisis was behind the split.

    In ELLE, Gordon reveals that a woman, whom she leaves anonymous, became a part of the Sonic Youth world --first as the girlfriend of a ex-band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore.

    One thing lead to another, with Gordon discovering a text and confronting her husband. The affair lead to marriage counseling but Moore kept seeing the other woman.

    Gordon said, "It ended in a kind of normal way – midlife crisis, starstruck woman." She also said that therapy didn't work, admitting, "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do. Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul."

    They also broke up when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, adding insult to injury.

    Fortunately for Gordon, she had a non-invasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Of the condition, she said, "I'm fine. It's literally the best you can have. I didn't do radiation or anything, but I was like, 'OK, what else is going to happen to me?'" Lucky for her she had a the best version of the worst disease. Life ain't fair, losing her husband and getting cancer at once, but at least the cancer was not deadly.

    Moore moved out and Gordon listened to a lot of rap music. She says that they are in the process of divorcing, but they are currently sorting out their combined assets, which has slowed things down.

    What do you think of the truth coming out about the Moore/Gordon split, which also tabled Sonic Youth?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    04.24.13



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