Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks has opened up about her decision to have an abortion as well as her addiction to Klonopin.
Nicks had an abortion in 1979 when Fleetwood Mac were at their height and she was dating the Eagles singer Don Henley.
When asked about the decision during an interview with The Guardian, Nicks said, “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. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away.”
“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,” she added.
Meanwhile, Nicks, who has had a huge successful career, said that her only regret is being addicted to the tranquilizer Klonopin. The addiction started in 1986 when a psychiatrist prescribed her the drug to help her sleep after she came out of rehab for cocaine addiction.
“It’s a very subtle drug; you just don’t feel it much, or so you think. On the bottle, it says: ‘Take as needed.’ That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” she said. “So you think: ‘Well, I need it every two hours.’ It’s addiction in a bottle.”
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