Stevie Nicks Says There Would Be No Fleetwood Mac If Not for Her Abortion

"I was doing a lot of drugs. I would have had to walk away"
Stevie Nicks Says There Would Be No Fleetwood Mac If Not for Her Abortion
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In the midst of a particularly viral moment for Fleetwood Mac, vocalist Stevie Nicks has come forward with a revelation connecting women's reproductive rights to the history of the historic band.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Nicks opened up about the abortion she had in 1979 that she claims saved the band from obscurity in the midst of their artistic peak.

"If I had not had that abortion, I'm pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac," the 72-year-old singer said. "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."

While she never had any children of her own, Nicks briefly stepped into the role of stepmother to her deceased best friend's son. While she remains in contact with the child — a man named Matthew with a son of his own — she never put her career aside to raise children of her own.

She said: "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."

Nicks also warned of the political turmoil — and potential threats to abortion rights — coming for Americans should the upcoming presidential election favour the incumbent President Donald Trump.

"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 said. 

Last week, the artist shared a new single with Dave Grohl. "Show Them the Way" arrived alongside a video directed by Cameron Crowe

Nicks' live album/concert film 24 Karat Gold is on its way later this month.