Stevie Nicks Reveals How Getting an Abortion Kept Fleetwood Mac Going

Carla Harmon
October 18, 2020

"I only had it once and it destroyed my face for four months", Nicks, 72, said in an interview with The Guardian.

The rocker jumped into the presidential election last week, telling Variety in an interview to promote her new single "Show Them the Way" that she's "thinking: Oh, space" if Trump wins.

Stevie Nicks was hooked on Klonopin for eight years, and hung out in rehab after a plastic surgeon informed her that she had a gap in her nostril from cocaine use. At the time, the band was at the height of their fame and Nicks was dating the Eagles singer Don Henley.


"If I had not had that abortion, I'm pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac", Nicks told The Guardian. It started with the line: "'She was the prettiest girl in the world / But that was a long time ago.' And that's something that I have said to a lot of my younger friends: "no matter how handsome you are, you're going to get older and you're not going to look like you did when you were 25".

"There's just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly", said Nicks. "I watch quite a lot of information and I see all the woman newscasters wanting like Devil's offended daughters, too".

"I don't have simply 10 years to hold round and look forward to this factor to go away", Nicks informed the Related Press of the pandemic. The band had already been around for several years at that point. And all that might have been lost. "You know, I once wrote a song called "Prettiest Girl in the World", but it never came out". That's really important. There's not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. She believes her music has helped people heal and that is more important than the child whose life she ended in 1979.


'And I'm so glad I did because he was hysterical, but he was also able to tell everybody who I really am behind the shawl'.

We wonder how many women would have made that same choice but couldn't.

"I am a totally free woman, and I am independent, and that's exactly what I always wanted to be."


Stevie was meant to be having a year off but she is still missing performing live for her fans. "I fought for Roe vs. Wade; that was my generation's fight", she said.

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