Sit down, Fleetwood Mac fans. Lindsey Buckingham is claiming that former bandmate and ex-girlfriend Stevie Nicks still does love him.
Never let it be said, Outsiders, that one of rock music’s most intriguing bands ignores the spotlight. Even if it is with former members.
An article from the British newspaper Daily Mail offers some more information.
Buckingham, 71, has suggested he was fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018. He said Nicks, 73, gave the band an ultimatum when Buckingham wanted to delay an upcoming tour to promote his solo music. Nicks has denied this ever happened.
Forner Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Says Nicks Never Got Over Him At All
Now, Buckingham, who was a guitarist in Fleetwood Mac, believes Nicks never got over him. Their relationship went south while promoting “Rumours” in 1976. They’d been dating for four years.
“There were a number of years where I wasn’t over her,” Buckingham said. “It is possible that she has never been completely over me either. The way we had to get through ‘Rumours’ is part of the legacy and heroics of the whole thing.”
That album, which featured songs like “Go Your Own Way,” “Gold Dust Woman,” and “Don’t Stop,” was recorded in California in 1976. It would become one of rock music’s all-time, best-selling albums.
“We didn’t have time to heal or move on in the traditional sense,” Buckingham said. “I think — and she was the one who moved away from me back then — that we both had to compartmentalize our feelings.”
Buckingham said that was “not a healthy thing to do.” He elaborated that those inner “little compartments” can stay closed until things seep out later.
Singer Has Denied That She Had Buckingham Fired From Record-Setting Rock Band
“I met the love of my life late and that gave me a whole other take on the world,” Buckingham said. “Stevie did not have children.”
Nicks recently denied she had Buckingham fired. She also claimed his version wasn’t true.
“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,” Nicks said. “To be exceedingly clear, I did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, [and] I did not demand he be fired.”
The former Fleetwood Mac singer said she fired herself.
“I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my wellbeing,” Nicks said. “I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it. 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.”