Stevie Nicks’ Don Henley-Related Decision That Changed Fleetwood Mac’s Future

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The history of music is filled with numerous life-changing decisions that eventually turned into a turning point in the artists’ lives. These decisions can potentially change the direction of not only their personal lives but also their professional careers. All people encounter crossroads throughout life and come across opportunities and other circumstances that demand critical decisions.

While some are small, others may turn out to be the most significant life decisions and have a long-term impact on several areas, such as career and personal life, even if this is not initially apparent. Fleetwood Mac lead singer Stevie Nicks was also confronted with such a vital decision during her relationship with the Eagles icon Don Henley, which ultimately changed Fleetwood Mac’s future.

Stevie Nicks And Don Henley’s Brief Relationship

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Stevie Nicks’ most famous relationship was with her teenage love and Fleetwood bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. However, her brief love affair with the Eagles’ Don Henley also attracted much press attention. After breaking up with Buckingham and then briefly dating Mick Fleetwood, the singer started a romantic relationship with Don Henley towards the end of the 1970s.

During their two-year relationship, Stevie Nicks got pregnant by Henley and had an abortion afterward. Nicks preferred not to give birth to the baby to focus on her ongoing career with Fleetwood Mac. The abortion of Nicks was also subject to numerous speculations in the coming years, including being an inspiration for a Fleetwood Mac song, ‘Sara.’

Nicks said in a previous interview that she would have named her baby Sara, but there was also another woman in her life named Sara. Yet, Henley was always sure that the track was about him and their unborn child. Although Stevie Nicks never confirmed that her abortion inspired the song, there was one thing she was sure of regarding her decision.

What Did Stevie Nicks Say About Her Abortion Decision?

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In an interview with The Guardian in 2020, Stevie Nicks reflected on her personal life, professional music career, and previous love affairs. Thus, it was almost impossible for Don Henley not to be mentioned during the candid conversation. The singer also shared her thoughts on the pregnancy she terminated and how it would have probably affected her and Fleetwood Mac.

Nicks stated that she had to make such a decision at the time because there was no way she could’ve handled both being a singer in Fleetwood Mac and being a mother. As the band was at the height of its fame, the singer needed to work constantly, which would make it really hard for her to devout enough time to take care of her child. Nicks thought that if she had given birth, Fleetwood Mac would have probably been in a different situation than it is today, and they had a legacy to create.

Here is what Stevie Nicks said about her abortion decision:

“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.”

The singer also highlighted that she was a heavy drug user at that period, so it wouldn’t be the right decision to have a baby anyway. She made it clear in her statements that being in Fleetwood Mac as a female singer and songwriter and touching so many people’s hearts were also highly valuable for her. She even saw it as her mission in this world.