Stevie Nicks Says She Would Have Had to Quit Fleetwood Mac If This Happened

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Stevie Nicks opens about a decision she says allowed her to continue as a member of Fleetwood Mac. The 72-year-old recently sat with him The Keeper to talk about her career and her new film, 24 Karat Gold: The Concert. During the interview, she considered getting an abortion in the late 1970s. The singer-songwriter behind a song like “Rhiannon” said there was “no way” she could have had a baby at the time, partly because that would have made her choose between her course- life and her mother.

Stevie Nicks says ‘Fleetwood Mac wouldn’t have been there if she had a baby

Don Henley and Stevie Nicks
Don Henley and Stevie Nicks will be performing at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

In 1979, Fleetwood Mac was one of the most popular bands in the world. Their second album, There were rumors, released in 1977, and followed by, Tusk, released that year. But professional success came with personal temptation, and the drama between the band members was a myth.

Before the end of the decade, Nicks’ relationship with the Lindsey Buckingham band (this famous decline is blamed) There were rumors) long past. She was dating Don Henley of Eagles when she found out she was pregnant. She decided to have a birth control.

“If I hadn’t had that abbreviation, I’m pretty sure Fleetwood Mac wouldn’t have been there,” she said. “There’s no way I could have a baby then, working as hard as we always did. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs… I would have walked away. ”

In a 2002 interview with In Style (via Fix Nicks), Nicks said she made a choice between being “an artist and a writer, or a wife and lover.”

“With children, your focus changes,” she explained. “I don’t want to go to PTA meetings.”

Nicks believed that music was ‘her passion in the world’

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks | ANGELA WEISS / AFP through Getty Images

Nicks says that she realized that sharing her music with the world was her real purpose in life.

“I knew that the music we were going to bring into the world was going to heal people’s hearts and make people so happy,” she told the Guardian. “And I thought: You know what? That is very important. There is no other band in the world that has two lead singers, two leading female writers. That was my world mission. ”

Nicks continued to play with Fleetwood Mac and began a career as a solo artist, recording hits as “Edge of Seventeen.” In 2019, she made history as the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. First as a member of Fleetwood Mac (in 1998) and then as a solo artist.

Nicks’ pregnancy inspired a song

Although Nicks decided to end her pregnancy, the experience “Sara,” inspired a song on her 1981 album. Bella Donna. According to Henley, the song is about the child he and Nicks never had, who would have been named Sara.

In a 2014 interview with Account Board, Nicks confirmed that story, but said there was more.

“If I had married Don and had that child, and if she had been a girl, I would have named Sarah,” she said. “But there was another woman in my life named Sarah, who soon became Mick [Fleetwood]bean, Sara Fleetwood. “

What Henley said was “right, but not entirely,” she said.