The Bohemian Queen of Rock and Roll, Stevie Nicks

Rock heroine Stevie Nicks rose to stardom in the ‘70s as Fleetwood Mac’s talented songstress. With her raspy voice and dreamy looks, Stevie has an undeniable aura about her. Band member Mick Fleetwood once mentioned that seeing her perform “Rhiannon” on stage was like witnessing an exorcism.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performing / Stevie Nicks when she was younger

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But Stevie spiraled into such heavy drug abuse during her career that, at one point, she seriously needed a form of exorcism to get all the toxins out. In between spacey, wasted moments and incestuous love affairs with band members, Stevie Nicks magically managed to rock it out on stage to become the ultimate Queen of Rock and Roll.

Let’s see how she put the whole world under her spell.

Born Into a World of Fantasy

Stevie was born Stephanie Lynn Nicks on May 26, 1948, in Phoenix, Arizona. She became Stevie after pronouncing her name as “tee-dee” time and again. Stevie was instantly thrown into a world of fantasy thanks to her overprotective mother, who loved to coddle her with different fairy tales and ghost stories.

Singer Stevie Nicks poses for a portrait in circa 1974

Singer Stevie Nicks poses for a portrait in circa 1974. Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Her dad, on the other hand, was an outspoken president of a food company. His job meant that the family moved around a lot, and Stevie was able to meet all sorts of people and explore different sceneries. She lived in Los Angeles, El Paso, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and even San Francisco.

Her Grandfather Encouraged Her to Sing

Stevie’s grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks Sr., was a country artist whose dreams never really took off. But he had high hopes for his granddaughter. He noticed she was musically talented when she was just four years old and encouraged her to sing her heart out in duets with him.

Photo of Stevie NICKS and FLEETWOOD MAC

Photo of Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) singing in the recording studio Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns

She joined his gigs at local bars and gin mills, giggling and dancing her way on and off stage. She was only five when she began performing on stage with him, and even though her voice wasn’t mind-blowing at the time, her stage presence was undeniable.

She Wrote Her First Song When She Was 16

Stevie wrote her first song the very same day she was gifted her first guitar. It was a present for her Sweet 16, and she was determined to make good use of it. And what better way to do so than to write her own material? She called her song, “I’ve Loved, and I’ve Lost, and I’m Sad but Not Blue.”

Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac

New Haven Photo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac, L-R: John Mcvie, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine Mcvie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood – Posed, Group Shot, With Car. Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns

From that point onward, Stevie viewed songwriting as an outlet for everything. From feelings of sorrow to feelings of joy, she loved that she could translate those emotions into words. “From that minute, it was very clear to me that this was what I was going to do.”

She Dropped Out of College Right Before Graduation

Stevie knew she wanted to become a musician, but she also knew that the path wasn’t going to be easy, and a backup plan was needed. So, she attended San Jose State University, where she majored in speech communication and planned on becoming an English teacher.

Photo of Stevie Nicks, posed, sitting on the bonnet of a car

Photo of Stevie Nicks. Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns

But she dropped out of college just one semester before graduation after a close friend persuaded her to follow her real dream – music. This close friend was Lindsey Buckingham, the man who would become both her lover and music partner.

She Had No Clue What She Was Getting Herself Into

Lindsey knew Stevie from high school, and when they met again in college, he immediately recalled her distinctive singing voice. Meeting her was great news for him. He had a band called Fritz, and Stevie was just what the group needed to take their music to the next level.

Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks

Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks of the rock group “Fleetwood Mac” on the bus in circa 1976. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Stevie was flattered and agreed to join. But she honestly had no idea what she was getting herself into. She described them as a “really heavy San Francisco rock and roll band,” and it took her time to get used to their fast pace and aggressive sounds.

Lindsey and Stevie Fell Madly in Love

Lindsey and Stevie’s time together slowly evolved into something more than two friends with a shared musical interest. The duo fell in love. Stevie expressed her passionate feelings in her lyrics and trusted Lindsey to arrange the music accordingly.

Fleetwood Mac pose for photographers backstage at the 5th American Music Awards

Fleetwood Mac (L-R Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham) pose for photographers backstage at the 5th American Music Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 16, 1978, in Santa Monica, California. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

“Whatever her music was, I was her soulmate who knew exactly what to do with it,” Lindsey explained. When Fritz disbanded, they formed the duo “Buckingham Nicks” and spent even more one-on-one time together. A blooming romance was inevitable…

They Were Meant to Sing Together

Buckingham and Nicks’ ultimate mission was to get their music out there. They recorded their songs on a small tape machine and hoped someone would notice their talent. In 1972, someone did. Producer Keith Olsen listened to their tapes and landed them a deal with Polydor Records.

Fleetwood Mac backstage at the Los Angeles Rock Awards on September 1, 1977, in Los Angeles, California.

Fleetwood Mac backstage at the Los Angeles Rock Awards on September 1, 1977, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

“They were meant to sing together,” Olsen noted. Finally, Stevie was getting the recognition she felt she deserved. From her teenage years cooped up in her room listening to records to actually recording one herself! She could not have been happier.

Their First Album Was a Flop, So the Label Dropped Them

Her happiness didn’t last very long because their first album, Buckingham Nicks, didn’t do so well. Both the duo and the label were extremely disappointed. Tragically, just as their career seemed to be taking off, Polydor Records dropped them.

L-R: Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks performing live onstage

L-R: Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks performing live onstage. Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Stevie recalled, “Lindsey and I thought that the world had ended. We’ve had a taste of the finer things: We’ve recorded in a big studio, we’ve been introduced to fabulous musicians, we’ve met a lot of people… We are very proud of our record. And it just gets dropped. And we are back to square one.”

Stevie Thought of Abandoning Music and Going Back to School

Square one wasn’t a comfortable square to be in. To support herself, Stevie worked at random jobs like waitressing and even cleaning producer Olsen’s house. Whatever the job was, she took it. She started second-guessing her music career and whether she would really be able to pull it off.

Stevie Nicks in the recording studio, with dog

Stevie Nicks in the recording studio, with a dog. Photo By Fin Costello/Redferns

Stevie was so distraught she thought of heading back to school. She told her parents if she didn’t make it in the next six months, she would come back home. Her parents comforted her and told her if she wanted to enroll in school again, they would gladly pay for her studies.

The Phone Call That Changed Her Life

Just when Stevie felt her dreams were slipping away, her partner, Lindsey, received a phone call that would forever change their lives. It was Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac. He heard one of their demos and invited the two to join his English Blues band (although he initially wanted only Buckingham to join).

Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood

Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood during 20th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Press Room at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. Photo by Carvalho/FilmMagic

The duo contemplated for a bit but eventually decided to go for it. Stevie recalled: “I went out and bought all the Fleetwood Mac records and listened to them back-to-back. I then reassured Lindsey: ‘I think it’s okay to join them. We’re not going to lose ourselves.’” They then accepted the offer.

Non-Stop Partying With Fleetwood Mac

Stevie described her time with Fleetwood Mac as “one big outrageous morning-to-night party every day.” She also mentioned that their first self-titled album was an easy-breezy operation. The experience was new and fun because everyone was just getting to know each other.

L-R: Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie. Posed, group shot, c.1975

L-R: Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie. Posed, group shot, c.1975. Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns

It took them around three months to record an album that would go on to sell five million copies. Their song Rhiannon became the album’s first hit, and Stevie began to develop her image as rock’s witchy, mystical star.

Loving You Isn’t the Right Thing to Do

When it was only the two of them (Stevie and Lindsey), things were fine. But when they joined the band, things started to get rocky. “We couldn’t be together and also work together. I couldn’t have him telling me my song isn’t good, knowing he’s saying that because he’s angry about our relationship,” Stevie explained.

members of Fleetwood Mac shot in a recording studio in Los Angeles in 1986.

Members of Fleetwood Mac shot in a recording studio in Los Angeles in 1986. Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis via Getty Images

The two eventually broke up. But the band was working on their Rumours album, so despite their breakup, they had to see each other every day. “It’s not normal, not healthy,” Lindsey recalled, “We had to work together. But there were times when I had the urge not to want to do that.”

After Rumours, They Spent Insane Amounts of Money

Rumours was a living hell to record, and it took the band a year to complete it. But it proved to be their best one. On April 2nd, 1977, after just two months in stores, it hit number one on the charts. It sold 25 million copies, making it the best-selling album the world had ever heard.

(L-R) John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsey Buckingham of the rock group

(L-R) John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsey Buckingham. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The group became rich overnight. Stevie revealed, “We all went out and bought a bunch of stuff. Expensive stuff. Houses, cars, I mean, we spent a lot of money.” Looks like the intense emotions between band members paid off.

Take Your Silver Spoon and Dig Your Grave

Stevie’s newfound fame and success became entangled with her breakup from Lindsey, and all of it mutated into this very surreal reality. Her way of coping? Drugs. A magical white powder that would keep her up and going for hours upon hours.

Stevie Nicks in the recording studio

Stevie Nicks in the recording studio. Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns

“In the first couple of years, it was very much something to get energy from,” Stevie explained, “I’ve got 15 interviews, 10 shows, 20 fittings, I can’t do it all, I’m too tired. I’ll never get through this if I don’t do some cocaine.”

Her Drug Abuse Created a Hole in Her Nose

By the 1980s, Stevie’s drug habit had become so detrimental she was on the verge of collapsing. She once asked a plastic surgeon about her nose, and he replied, “Well, I think that next time you do a hit of cocaine, you could drop dead.”

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California. Photo by Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images

At the height of her addiction, she hid grams of cocaine inside of her boots at all times. You know, just in case she would need a little pick me up. Eventually, she really was picked up. But off the floor and right into rehab. “I realized I was going to have to stop doing drugs, or else they would kill me,” she confessed.

She Didn’t Want To End Up Like Janis Joplin

Stevie finally checked herself into a 30-day treatment program at the Betty Ford Center. What made her make that brave step towards recovery? Other musicians who weren’t so strong, including Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. She didn’t want to end up like them.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California. Photo by Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images

She thought, “I would be very sad if some 25-year-old lady rock and roll singer 10 years from now said, ‘I wish Stevie Nicks would have thought about it a little more.’ That’s kind of what stopped me and made me really look at the world through clear eyes.”

She Tripped and Bashed Her Head

Now, this is terribly distorted. As Stevie checked out of rehab for her cocaine addiction, her doctor gave her a tranquilizer named Klonopin, which, lo and behold, became her new go-to drug. From one substance to the other, Stevie was going downhill yet again.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs on stage, New York, 1977.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs on stage, New York, 1977. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Her abuse of pain killers had become so bad that she tripped and bashed her head one day on a fireplace. She passed out on the spot and, upon waking up, understood she had to check into rehab for the second time: “I’m one of those people who doesn’t injure themselves. I was horrified to see that blood. I hadn’t had enough wine. I knew it was the Klonopin,” Stevie revealed.

Things Got Physical Between Lindsey and Stevie, and Not in the Romantic Way

In 1987, right before Fleetwood Mac’s Shake the Cage tour, Stevie and her ex, Lindsey, got into a really ugly fight. A fight that didn’t involve only curses and insults. It got physical. Lindsey allegedly grabbed Stevie and threw in a slap.

Fleetwood Mac, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1998) Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks perform at The Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1, 1977

Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks perform at The Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 1, 1977. Photo By Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Other reports have it that Lindsey chased her around the house and even strangled her. In response, Stevie threatened to have him killed. Ultimately, bassist John McVie broke the whole thing up. But what was the fight even about? Apparently, Lindsey wanted out of the band, and Stevie wasn’t having it.

There Wasn’t Enough Room for All of Her Songs

Stevie’s life at the time was anything but calm. Her emotions fueled her songwriting, and she had a bunch of lyrics just waiting to be sung. But Fleetwood Mac had two other songwriters, so there was only room for around three of four of her songs.

A friend, Stevie Nicks and Christie McVie

A friend, Stevie Nicks and Christie McVie. Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Frustrated, Stevie contemplated on going solo for a while and eventually went for it. She explained: “It had nothing to do with me wanting to leave the band and had everything to do with just wanting another outlet to sing my songs.”

The Band Was Nervous About Stevie’s Solo Career

When producer Paul Fishkin met Stevie, he knew from the beginning she could make it on her own: “She was the hottest female in the world at the time. I never had any doubt she could sell millions of records.” He created a new label just for her solo work – Modern Records.

Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac

Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 10, 1979, on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

When her bandmates found out, they were less than pleased. Stevie explained, “Everyone was worried. What if the record was a flop? Then that would hurt the band. What if it was a hit? That would hurt the band too.” Either way, Stevie’s solo career threatened Fleetwood Mac, but Stevie promised them her career wouldn’t come at the band’s expense.

Paul Fishkin Wanted Stevie to Change Her Appearance

Paul knew that if Stevie were to go solo, she would have to reinvent herself. He felt it was important for her to steer clear from her celestial godmother image and become a rocker instead. It took some time for rock stations to take her seriously; they were still hung up on her Fleetwood Mac appearance.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac during Lester Cohen Archives in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac during Lester Cohen Archives in Los Angeles, California, United States. Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage

But Stevie proved to everyone she was worth playing on the radio. In 1981, she came out with her solo album Bella Donna, and it peaked at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rolling Stone crowned her “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll.”

She Fell in Love With Another Band Member

It was hard not to fall for Stevie. She had these warm, brown doe eyes and a playful smile. And on top of all that, she was extremely talented. Watching her on stage enchanted her fans and bandmates alike. This brings us to romance number two – Mick Fleetwood.

(L-R) Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and John McVie of the rock group 'Fleetwood Mac.'

(L-R) Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and John McVie of the rock group ‘Fleetwood Mac’ pose for a portrait in circa 1977. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Mick admitted, “I was very much in love with Stevie.” But he knew that before he could dive into it, he had to come clean in front of her ex, Lindsey. Weirdly enough, Lindsey shrugged it off: “By that time, our armor was pretty thick. I don’t think anyone could have done anything that would have surprised me.”

Her Band Protected Her a Little Too Much

Jimmy Iovine was the genius behind Stevie’s debut album Bella Donna. But, like Paul Fishkin, he believed Stevie had to leave her Fleetwood past behind and approach her solo career as if this was her first time recording. Fleetwood Mac had protected her like a little baby, but her coddling days were now over.

Fleetwood Mac with awards for British sales of their albums 'Rumours' and Tusk', Wembley Arena, London, June 1980.

Fleetwood Mac with awards for British sales of their albums ‘Rumours’ and Tusk’, Wembley Arena, London, June 1980. Left to right: John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

Stevie recalled Iovine’s tough love: “[He told me] You are not a solo artist in any way, shape, or form. You have been protected like a little baby egg for seven years.” Luckily, Stevie wasn’t intimidated by his words. On the contrary, they inspired her to become that much better.

Jimmy Iovine Hid Stevie in His Basement

As I mentioned before, Stevie was hard to resist. And Jimmy Iovine fell for her too as they worked together on her solo album, Bella Donna. Stevie reminisced, “Jimmy was everything. He said I will be with you there to make you strong enough to do this.”

Stevie Nicks posed onstage with roses at Rock N' Run benefit at UCLA

Stevie Nicks posed onstage with roses at Rock N’ Run benefit at UCLA. Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

But Jimmy didn’t want his other clients to know about his affair, for fear of losing them. So, when singer Tom Petty came to his studio one day, he hid Stevie in the basement: “I said ‘Look, Stevie, you’ve gotta understand. Tom doesn’t know you. And the basement’s like a set-up basement — it’s nice. When he comes, just stay down there, you know?”

She Never Got to Enjoy Bella Donna

The same day Stevie’s solo album hit No.1 on the charts, she found out her best friend Robin Anderson had leukemia: “I never got to enjoy Bella Donna at all because my friend was dying. Something went out that day; something left.”

Singers Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Singers Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac pose for a portrait circa 1987 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images

Stevie explained, “She had been in my life since I was 14. She was the one person that knew me for the person I really was and not for the famous Stevie, and it was good to have someone who knew the real you besides just your mom and dad.” Within months, Robin was gone.

She Married Her Best Friend’s Husband

The real tragedy here is the son Stevie’s friend left behind. A newborn baby boy who never got to spend time with his mom. Heartbroken and in a haze, Stevie made the rash decision to marry Robin’s widower, Kim Robinson, to create a family for the baby.

Sheryl Crow, inductee Stevie Nicks, John Taylor, and Simon Le Bon

Sheryl Crow, inductee Stevie Nicks, John Taylor, and Simon Le Bon attend the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – Show at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019, in New York City. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Their marriage lasted three short months, and looking back, Stevie described her decision as “completely deranged.” To this day, this impulsive, grief-stricken arrangement was Stevie’s only marriage. And even though it didn’t last, she still kept a close eye on her step godson.

She Vowed Never to Step on Stage Again

After Stevie recovered from her Klonopin addiction, her post-rehab-look wasn’t what the crowd was used to. She put on a lot of weight during her painkiller detox, and audiences weren’t too nice about it. Her appearance became the main focus, and her accomplishments as a singer were sadly overlooked.

Inductee Stevie Nicks speaks onstage at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Inductee Stevie Nicks speaks onstage at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – Show at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019, in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The public’s criticism got under her skin, and, in 1994, she vowed never to step on stage again. For over three years, Stevie lived in a self-imposed exile. She struggled with depression and low self-esteem but was strong enough to channel those emotions into her notebook, coming up with more and more new songs.

She Opened the Doors for New Female Rockers

In the spring of 1998, Stevie finally returned to the spotlight with a three-CD box set titled, Enchanted, which she described as the most personal and raw work she had ever created: “There’s a memory and an experience that goes with each one of the songs.”

Musicians Miley Cyrus and honoree Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac

Musicians Miley Cyrus and honoree Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS

Her come back encouraged a new generation of female rockers to come forth with their music and dare to be bold and unapologetic. Courtney Love described Stevie as “a very sophisticated songwriter” and “like your fairy-princess-godmother who’s, you know, gonna save you.”

She’s a Two-Time Hall of Famer

To this day, Stevie remains the only woman to have two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions: one in 1998, along with her Fleetwood bandmates, and one in 2019 as a solo artist. When asked about her incredible achievement, Stevie said, “I definitely broke a big rock’n’roll glass ceiling.”

Inductee Stevie Nicks performs at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Inductee Stevie Nicks performs at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – Show at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019, in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage

Stevie has always been upfront about the difficulties of performing in a male-dominated field. She once mentioned a pact she had with bandmate Christine McVie: “If we were ever in a room of super famous guitar players that didn’t treat us with the respect that we thought that we deserved, we would just stand up and say, ‘This party’s over,’ and we would walk out.”

Initially, Fleetwood Mac Didn’t Want Stevie to Join

When Mick Fleetwood approached the duo with his offer, his intention wasn’t necessarily to have Stevie join the band. It was Buckingham he was interested in. But Lindsey made it clear he and Stevie were “a package deal.”

Honorees Stevie Nicks (L) and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac

Honorees Stevie Nicks (L) and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS

Fleetwood was hesitant at first, but today he can confidently say it was an incredible decision. Stevie added color and a “theatrical passion” to the group, and without her, Fleetwood Mac would not have reached their professional heights.

She’s Childless by Choice

Throughout her life, Stevie Nicks had numerous love affairs and one really impulsive marriage. But none of those relationships gave birth to a child: “My mission maybe wasn’t to be a mom and a wife; maybe my particular mission was to write songs to make moms and wives feel better,” Stevie explained.

(L-R) MusiCares Person of the Year 2018 Honorees Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac

(L-R) MusiCares Person of the Year 2018 Honorees Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images

The singer doesn’t feel lonely by any means. According to Stevie, she has many kids, including her stepson, nieces, and other godchildren: “I have lots of kids. It’s much more fun to be the crazy auntie than it is to be the mom, anyway.”

The One Fashion Item She Always Had to Wear

When Stevie went on stage, her appearance was hard to ignore. She wore velvet shawls, chiffons, and flowing draped dresses that gave her a fairy-like look. Stevie told Harper’s Bazaar: “I didn’t want to look like anyone else. That’s why I never went to any of the big designers.”

Honoree Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs onstage

Honoree Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS

Her dramatic looks evolved with the years. But her most recognizable item, which pretty much outlived whatever fashion phase she was going through, were her platform boots. At just five foot one, her towering boots were a must.

Her Abortion Inspired a Song

Stevie opened up about her Fleetwood Mac song, Sara, and explained it was inspired by an abortion she had in 1979. The unborn baby was a result of her relationship with Eagles’ member Don Henley: “Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara.”

Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks performed with Fleetwood Mac at the Boston Garden on Nov. 17, 1979. Photo by Janet Knott/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

So, why didn’t she have Sara? According to Stevie, it would have wrecked Fleetwood Mac’s career: “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.”

Who Was Her Greatest Love?

Stevie confessed that of all her passionate romances, her greatest love was Eagles’, Joe Walsh. Their relationship wasn’t as famous as her other ones, and it also didn’t last as long. But she would have married Joe. He was the love of her life.

American guitarist Joe Walsh of The James Gang, and later The Eagles

American guitarist Joe Walsh of The James Gang, and later The Eagles, posed sitting at a table in a cafe in London on 20th October 1970. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

“I was very content with him all the time. That’s only happened once in my life. This man, if he’d asked me to marry him, I would have,” Stevie revealed. The two eventually broke up because things became too intense.

It’s Expensive to Look Like Stevie

So how much does Stevie spend on her outrageous outfits? According to her tax filings from 1991, the singer spent $270,000 for makeup, hair styling, clothes, a home office, and management fees. But with the millions she has accumulated, we doubt she ever notices the charges that come off her account.

Sting and Stevie Nicks

Sting and Stevie Nicks pose backstage at the musical “The Last Ship” at The Ahmanson Theatre on February 11, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage

The legend is in her 70s and has been in the music industry for five decades, yet she’s still raking in insane amounts of money. As of today, Stevie’s net worth is around $120 million. In December 2020, the singer sold an 80% interest in copyrights to Primary Wave for an impressive $80 million.

Stevie Nicks’ Band of Soldiers

Stevie founded “Stevie Nicks’ Band of Soldiers,” a nonprofit organization that assists wounded military personnel. In 2004, she bought hundreds of iPods and loaded them with uplifting songs, which she then handed out to wounded servicemen and women she visited in Navy medical centers in Washington D.C.

Stevie Nicks (L) and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders perform at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Stevie Nicks (L) and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders perform at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 27, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images

“I call it a soldiers’ iPod. It has all the crazy stuff that I listen to, and my collections I’ve been making since the 1970s for going on the road when I’m sick … or the couple of times in my life that I have really been down, music is what always dances me out of bed.”

She’s Been Nominated for Eight Grammys but Has Never Won

Despite all her success, Stevie has never taken a Grammy home as a solo artist. The only time she’s been awarded the sought-after trophy was in 1997 when Fleetwood Mac took home the prize for their best-selling album, Rumors.

Stevie Nicks (C) of the band Fleetwood Mac poses for a photo backstage with cast members of

Stevie Nicks (C) of the band Fleetwood Mac poses for a photo backstage with cast members of “School of Rock – The Musical” at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 26, 2016, in New York City. Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for School of Rock – The Musical

But no hard feelings. Even though she’s been nominated eight times and has never won an individual award, Stevie knows what an incredible force she was (and still is) in the music industry.

She’s Against Botox

It isn’t easy for a woman to grow up in the public eye. Especially when you’re used to being a charming and attractive young force. So many go for Botox as a way to cling on to their disappearing looks. Stevie has gone under the knife as well, but she totally regrets it.

Actress Helen Mirren (L) and Stevie Nicks

Actress Helen Mirren (L) and Stevie Nicks pose at the Opening Night of “School of Rock” on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theatre on December 6, 2015, in New York City. Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

“Let me tell you, Botox only makes you look like you’re in a satanic cult. I only had it once, and it destroyed my face for four months. I would look in the mirror and try and lift my eyebrow and go: ‘Oh, there you are, Satan’s angry daughter.’ Never again!”

She Believes in the Afterlife

Stevie Nicks isn’t afraid of death. And not because she’s an immortal witch (although some people would argue otherwise), but because she believes in life after death. Ever since her mom passed away in 2012, Stevie believes she’s been receiving visits from her here and there.

Stevie Nicks performing live onstage

Stevie Nicks performing live onstage. Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

She revealed: “[I] was standing in the kitchen with really bad acid reflux and I felt something almost tap my shoulder, and this voice go: ‘It’s that Gatorade you’re drinking.’” Stevie has no doubt in her mind it was her mom telling her not to “drink any more of that sh*t.”