Stevie Nicks Says If She Had Not Had An Abortion: "There Would Have Been No Fleetwood Mac"

Stevie Nicks Says If She Had Not Had An Abortion: "There Would Have Been No Fleetwood Mac"

Nicks revealed during an interview she had had an abortion in 1979 at the height of her and the band's success

Image Credit: Inductee Stevie Nicks performs onstage at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony - Show at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Fleetwood Mac's lead singer, 75-year-old, Stevie Nicks has said if she had not had an abortion back in the day, the band would never have been possible. In an interview with The Guardian, Nicks revealed she had terminated a pregnancy in 1979, at the height of the band's popularity and success. She was dating Eagles' frontman, singer Don Henley, then. “If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac. There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly," she said. She pointed to another reason cause of which having a child at that time would not have been a very good idea, "And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away," she said.


Nicks added, "And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people’s hearts and make people so happy. And I thought: you know what? That’s really important. There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. That was my world’s mission.” Speaking further on the topic of abortion and women's rights she said she was saddened since the death of her "hero," Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court judge and one the country's topmost feminist icon. “Abortion rights, that was really my generation’s fight," she said while adding she was worried that Trump would undo years of progress in the area if he was re-elected. She was also concerned about the GoP pushing through the nomination of another U.S. Supreme Court judge, Amy Coney Barrett to fill Gunsburg's vacancy.


"If President Trump wins this election and puts the judge he wants in, she will absolutely outlaw it and push women back into back-alley abortions,” she added. Nicks started singing as a 5-year-old child with her dad who was a country musician in Phoenix, Arizona. She and her then-boyfriend and musical partner, Lindsey Buckingham together joined the band in 1975. Nicks' first album with the band which was self-titled topped the music charts and reached number one according to Buzzfeed. Her second album with the band "Rumours" in 1977 is one of the best-selling albums in music history. Some gems from the album keep on recurring from time to time long after the album released. An example is a recent viral Tik Tok trend that features one of the album's most iconic songs, "Dreams." 


Nicks has never been shy in being vocal in matters of politics something that has also influenced her own songs over the years. She just released her recent music in six years, "Show Them The Way" whose lyrics she wrote back in 2008. "I did hold it back since 2008, and I just knew that right now, with the presidential election and everything else that’s going on, that this was the time. I hope that this song and its words will be seen as a prayer — a prayer for our country, and a prayer for the world," Nicks told Variety. She added, "I hope people understand that it’s nonpartisan — that it’s not for Republicans, it’s not for Democrats. It’s meant to be a moment of peace for everyone, and… you know the silly thing where people say ‘Can’t everybody just get along?’ It’s like, can we just figure a way out of this horrific thing that we have walked into? That’s why I released this now.”


Speaking about the racism that has wreaked havoc in the country, she said, “I just mean what’s happened to the country. Racism in the last four years is so much worse than it was. I’m 72 years old. I lived through the ‘60s. I’ve seen all this. I fought for Roe vs. Wade; that was my generation’s fight. And I don’t want to live in a country that is so divisive. I go, like, well, if this starts over and there’s another four years of this, then I’m going — but we’re not welcome anywhere."  

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