White Stripes rocker JACK WHITE secretly married his girlfriend Karen Elson yesterday (02JUN05) in Brazil - after a whirlwind five-week romance with the model.

In a shock ceremony that mirrors that of White's ex Renee Zellweger, who secretly wed country singer Kenny Chesney last month (09MAY05), the Seven NATION ARMY rocker took time off his South American tour to exchange vows with Elson, who appeared in the video for the band's new single BLUE ORCHID in Manaus, according to reports.

White's bandmate and reported ex-wife MEG WHITE served as bridesmaid and the duo's manager IAN MONTONE took on best man duties as the couple were wed by a shaman.

In a posting on the White Stripes' website, the group's publicist confirms, "Karen Elson and Jack White were married yesterday (02JUN05) on the confluence of three rivers - the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon... by a traditional shaman priest on a canoe at the exact point where the three rivers met.

"The ceremony was immediately followed by a blessing by a priest at a Catholic cathedral called Igreja Matric."

Zellweger split from White in September (04) after a two-year relationship.

03/06/2005 02:56