Stevie Nicks had abortion for sake of Fleetwood Mac Content Exchange

Stevie Nicks doesn't think Fleetwood Mac would exist if she hadn't had an abortion.

The 72-year-old singer terminated a pregnancy in 1979 when she was dating Don Henley and she insisted there was "no way" she could have had a child and carried on in the band at that time.

She 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."

The 'Dreams' singer ultimately felt it was more important that she carried on in the band because they could benefit so many people.

She added in an interview with The Guardian newspaper: "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.”

Stevie ended up in intensive care with double pneumonia in March 2019 and as a result, she's barely left the house due to the coronavirus pandemic as she fears contracting the virus would end her career.

She said: "My mom was on a ventilator for three weeks when she had open-heart surgery and she was hoarse for the rest of her life.

"It would kill me [to stop singing]. It isn’t just singing; it’s that I would never perform again, that I would never dance across the stages of the world again. I’m not, at 72 years old, willing to give up my career.”

This article originally ran on Content Exchange