Steve Nicks Speaks Candidly With BillBoard
Here's some of what Stevie had to say about her new project and some of her past relationships and drug use.
The material on Stevie's new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault consists of songs that she wrote many years ago, but never recorded. While discussing the inspirations behind some of those songs with Billboard, she's asked to confirm something her ex-boyfriend, Don Henley of the Eagles, said in an interview some time back: that he'd gotten her pregnant, that she'd named the unborn baby Sara, and that the experience inspired Stevie's song of the same name.
"Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara," Stevie says in response. "But there was another woman in my life named Sara, who shortly after that became Mick [Fleetwood's] wife, Sara Fleetwood." When asked if Henley's comments about the song "Sara" are accurate, she says, "It's accurate, but not the entirety of [what the song is about]."
Stevie didn't explain why she didn't have the baby; in the past, Henley had suggested that she terminated the pregnancy.
In the same interview, Stevie discusses her past drug abuse, revealing that a doctor told her that if she didn't stop taking cocaine, she'd "have a brain hemorrhage." She add, "I'm basically a happy person. I was a happy person back then. I just got addicted to coke, and that was a very bad drug for me."
With stories like these, it's a wonder that Stevie hasn't written a memoir yet. Asked why, she tells Billboard, "Because I wouldn't be able to tell the whole truth. The world is not ready for my memoir, I guarantee you."
She explains, "All of the men I hung out with are on their third wives by now, and the wives are all under 30. If I were to write what really happened between 1972 and now, a lot of people would be very angry with me. It'll happen some day, just not for a very long time. I won't write a book until everybody is so old that they no longer care. Like, 'I'm 90, I don't care what you write about me.'"
"I am loyal to a fault," she adds. "And I have a certain loyalty to these people that I love because I do love them, and I will always love them. I cannot throw any of them under the bus until I absolutely know that they will not care."