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“That intensity – I don’t think was sustainable.” When she’s talking about the break-up she mutters under her breath “only speak for me”, a mantra reminding herself not to complain about her former partner.
“I made attempts to reach out but the last time we spoke properly was at the Roundhouse.
On her old album covers she looks like a different person – a soft round face, light blonde hair, ridiculously wholesome.
They met at a friend’s house in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles and it was “like a first date”.Williams showed him some of the 50 songs she’d been writing since The Civil Wars’ break-up and he told her: “You’re so afraid to say something wrong that you’re gonna end up saying nothing at all.”“That’s when I cried,” she says, “and he is such an evolved man that he just let me cry and when I had done ugly crying he asked what song I wanted to write and I said, ‘I would just love to write a happy song and one day I will.’ That was a chapter I needed to get to.” There’s a beautifully soulful number on the album called “Sweet Love of Mine”, which was written for her son, who is now two.“I remember being out in the porch in July with Miles all squishy and pink and asleep in my arms and I felt this melody come to me, which doesn’t happen to me a lot, not at all, and I quickly picked up my phone to record it.The Southern Gothic folk duo put out two celebrated albums before their frosty breakup.White was unfailingly diplomatic at the time but now looks only to the future.