Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks discusses firing Lindsay Buckingham for first time ever

Fleetwood Mac stars Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham had one of rock and roll's most iconic love affairs, and he blames her for being fired

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham performing before Fleetwood Mac split.
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Fleetwood Mac fans were bereft back in 2018 when it was announced that original member Lindsay Buckingham was given the heave-ho from the group. In the years since, he's made damning claims against his former lover. Finally, Stevie Nicks has had her say.

Breakups are something everyone goes through but this former love affair is said to have spawned one of the most beloved albums in history—Rumours. But rumor had it that original member Lindsay was fired because Stevie, whose '70s shag haircut has gone down in history, wanted him gone.

Stevie said it's time to discount ex-lover's claims after Lindsay said, in a recent LA Times interview that she made it an 'it’s either him or me' situation.

He said, "It would be like a scenario where Mick Jagger says, ‘Either Keith [Richards] goes or I go.' No, neither one of you can go. But I guess the singer has to stay. The figurehead has to stay."

Stevie responded to his claims saying, "His version of events is factually inaccurate and while I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, certainly it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth."

"To be exceedingly clear, I did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, I did not demand he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself," she explained. "I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my wellbeing. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it."

Following her choice, the singer explains, “And after many lengthy group discussions, Fleetwood Mac, a band whose legacy is rooted in evolution and change, found a new path forward with two hugely talented new members."

Stevie Nicks performing live on stage.

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In a previous discussion with the publication, she confessed the split had been a long time coming and that being around Lindsay made her feel miserable, "like a dying flower all the time," she said.

During his interview, Lindsay made further unkind comments about Stevie's life. He said, "She’s lonely. She’s alone. She has the people who work for her, and I’m sure she has friends, but you know."

His claims, despite her regularly asserting that she chose to focus on her career over marriage and children, he remained unrepentant. “Well, maybe she never did [want that]," he said. "But it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make her feel alone as a result."

Considering the research that indicates unmarried, childless women are happier, it's no surprise that Stevie responded to his comments.

Stevie Nicks on stage with Fleetwood Mac.

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In response to his inferring that she's jealous of the life he has, Stevie said she's 'thrilled' for him that he's had children but that she, "wasn’t interested in making those same life choices."

She reiterated, "Those are my decisions that I get to make for myself. I’m proud of the life choices I’ve made and it seems a shame for him to pass judgment on anyone who makes a choice to live their life on their own terms."

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

Her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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