The White Stripes are breaking up.

That’s the long and short if it. According to a post on the band’s official website, Jack White and Meg White are wrapping up their successful collaboration.

“It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band have it stay that way,” the statement reads.

Read the entire statement from The White Stripes below.

So after 13 years and six studio albums it’s all over for the red and white duo.

The post continues:

“Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that is is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the music that the band has created.”

The last recording by the Stripes was the live album Under the Great White Northern Lights, released last year. The last White Stripes studio album, Icky Thump, was released in 2007.

Amid the sadness of the band’s break-up, we do get some good news via Jack White’s Third Man Records, which will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from the White Stripes in their Vault subscription record club.

A reunion one day? The personal feeling here is most definitely ‘yes.’ But probably way down the road.

Not sure what Meg will focus on, but Lord knows Jack White has plenty to do; there’s the bands Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, plus his Nashville, Tenn.-based Third Man Records.

Have to admit the news is surprising. RollingStone.com points out that “just a few months ago Jack White told Vanity Fair that he hoped to get back into the studio with Meg soon and ‘start fresh.’”

Perhaps in time we’ll get more information about the ‘myriad of reasons’ behind the band split.

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore,” it says at the end of the break-up post. “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.”

So – how do you feel about the White Stripes breaking up?