The White Stripes have split-up, the band had not released any new material in four years since their last album “Icky Thump” and Jack White has basically taken up his time recording with his several different projects. This is what the band themselves said in the announcement:
The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.