Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore split

Alt-rock icons Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have announced they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. The couple have a seventeen year old daughter, Coco.

According to an official statement issued via Matador Records, Gordon and Moore – both founding members of alternative rock pioneers Sonic Youth – would like privacy at this delicate time: “Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing that they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment.”

Beyond the planned South American tour, the future of Sonic Youth seems uncertain. The news comes just after Moore announced his short run of UK solo dates (details here).