shattered dreams

Kim Gordon Explains Her Split From Thurston Moore

Kim Gordon, at Bomb's 32nd Anniversary Gala & Silent Auction==Capitale, NYC==April 19, 2013.
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If you were among the many Sonic Youth fans who fell apart at the news of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s divorce, then avoid this month’s Elle, in which Gordon gets uncharacteristically candid about the details of the 2011 breakup. Her big reveal: Moore was having an affair. The relevant bummer of an excerpt:

Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counseling, but he kept seeing the other woman. “We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do,” Gordon says. “Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul.” 

Then Gordon explains that she dealt with the affair by staying home and listening to rap music. (“[It’s] really good when you’re traumatized.”) She also talks about her recent breast cancer diagnosis (it’s noninvasive, and she’s fine); her upcoming projects; and, because this is a celebrity profile in 2013, her thoughts on Girls. Read the whole thing.

Kim Gordon Explains Split From Thurston Moore