It's been 35 years since the release of Fleetwood Mac's classic album "Rumours," and legendary songstress Stevie Nicks sat down to talk about that -- and more -- on the most recent edition of "Oprah's Master Class."
The tell-all series had the rock 'n' roll legend getting candid about her past drug use and her tumultuous relationship with bandmate Lindsay Buckingham, whom she split with in 1977 while recording the iconic album.
"The band was way more important than each separate person's problems, and we knew that," Nicks said. "So we never, ever, with everything that happened to us, ever, let love affairs break Fleetwood Mac up."
But she added that things could have been different for her and her former lover: "Lindsey always blamed Fleetwood Mac for the loss of me," she said. "That had we not joined Fleetwood Mac, we would've continued on with our music, but we probably would've gotten married, and we probably would've had a child. And it would have been a different life."
With the band reuniting for the first time since 2009 with a world tour that kicks off in April (an elaborate box set reissue of "Rumours" was released in January), Buckingham recently told Men's Health that there's still "a subtext of love" between him and Nicks.
"This is someone I've known since I was 16, and I think on some weird level, we're still trying to work some things out," he said. "There will never be romance there, but there are other kinds of love to be had."
While Buckingham went on to get married and have children, he added, "I wonder sometimes how Stevie feels about the choices she made, because she doesn't really have a relationship -- she has her career."
Speaking of choices, Nicks made a lot of bad ones when it came to her personal life. Not only did she have an affair with band leader Mick Fleetwood (a relationship she admits hurt a lot of people and was "doomed"), but she engaged in a short-lived union with her deceased best friend's husband. (She calls the three-month relationship "insane.") And the rock star's past drug use is legendary. On "Master Class" she confessed, "I used to carry a gram of cocaine in my boot at all times."
When things got really bad, she thought to herself, "Wow. Who knew four years ago that I would even be a part of anything that was this stupid?'"
She detailed a 1993 rehab stint to come off of Klonopin, which was prescribed to her by what she calls a "rock 'n' roll groupie" doctor after she went to the Betty Ford Clinic to beat her cocaine problem.
"I nearly died," she said, describing how her hair turned gray and her skin started peeling. In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year she revealed, "I think one of the reasons that Lindsey left [the band] is because I was very, very high on this horrific tranquilizer. I didn't even make it to most of the recording sessions for [the album] 'Tango in the Night.'"
As for the choices she's made in her life, Nicks knows one thing for sure: She planned her fate at a very young age.
"I made the choice years ago not to get married or ever have children, because it would get in the way of being a true artist and following my true calling," she said. She wondered, "When you're 90, are you going to be sorry that you don't have a 90-year-old husband?"
"Am I going to be sorry?" she asks. "I don't know. I don't think so. Because it was my plan."
You can see clips from "Oprah's Master Class" with Stevie Nicks here.
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