Today, Stevie Nicks has the advantage of hindsight.
In a freshly released interview with The Guardian, the renowned vocalist assessed the abortion she went through in 1979 after she got pregnant with Don Henley and the effect of that choice on the fate of Fleetwood Mac and herself.
“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac,” she informed the paper. “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.”
To put that time in context, 1979 came 2 years after the release of the band’s album, Rumours—among the very popular albums of perpetuity. That very same year, the group—whose impact can still be felt today—launched its 12th studio album, Tusk. “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,” Stevie discussed. “There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. That was my world’s mission.”