Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks opens up about the psychiatrist she blames for ruining her chances of having a family.
She was as famous for her drugs battle and rock and roll lifestyle as for her distinctive voice during the height of her fame with Fleetwood Mac.
And as Stevie Nicks returns on tour with the band, she reveals that she holds a 20-year grudge against the psychiatrist she claims prevented her from marrying and having children when he treated her for over eight years in her thirties.
The 65-year-old star accused her psychiatrist of being a gossip-hungry groupie who fed her high doses of valium to keep her coming back into his surgery.
Miss Nicks became addicted to cocaine for 10 years but following her treatment at the Betty Ford clinic in America in the 1980s she then started seeing a psychiatrist.
She said: ‘When I came out of Betty Ford I was in great shape and then I went to see the psychiatrist that everybody was seeing at that point and I think he was just a groupie.
‘He just wanted to put me on something that would bring me into his office whenever I was in town, once a week for an hour, so he could get all the scoop on what was going on in the rock and roll world.’
The star has been married once – to her best friend’s widower Kim Anderson after his wife, Robin, died from Leukaemia, however the couple split after eight months and she has not re-married.
The singer, who once had a brief relationship with band mate Mick Fleetwood, said she blames the doctor for her lack of a family.
Speaking on the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour programme, she said: ‘I say to people I’ve chosen not to have a boyfriend, I’ve chosen not to have kids, I’ve chosen to be an artist and follow my muse and all that and blah blah blah.
‘But during those eight years, that was late thirties to 45, who knows what might have happened during those eight years? I might have met someone, I might have even had a baby.
‘So I will go to my grave angry at that man [the doctor] for that, because he took eight years of the prime of my life away.’
In April, the band, whose only original member is Mick Fleetwood, began its first tour in three years with a concert in Columbus, Ohio.
On Monday Stevie appeared at the Fleetwood Mac party at The Arts Club, London alongside Mick Fleetwood and former Eurythmics musician David Stewart.
She dressed in her signature ethereal style, wearing a floaty sheer black top with cut-out shoulders teamed with chain-trimmed boots, leggings and turquoise gemstone jewellery.
Miss Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 – three years before the release of the band’s best-selling album Rumours, which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
The four-piece band, which comprises Miss Nicks, Fleetwood, Buckingham John McVie, will perform three gigs at the London O2 Arena from September 24.
Stevie also confirmed that singer Christine McVie is also set to rejoin Fleetwood Mac at two unspecified shows on their forthcoming European tour.
Daily Mail / Tuesday, September 17, 2013