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Stevie Nicks ‘saved’ herself from addiction as she considers sharing life story in memoir

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Stevie Nicks 'saved' herself from addiction as she considers sharing life story in memoir

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks has been open about her experimentation with drugs and alcohol, and subsequent addictions, over the years.

But the singer-songwriter, 73, has changed her tune on the matter, telling singer Tim McGraw that she would ‘gracefully go over’ her substance abuse if she were to publish a memoir.

‘What I wouldn’t put in it…,’ pondered Nicks on McGraw’s Apple Music Country show – Beyond The Influence Radio on Friday. ‘I would very gracefully go over the drugs. Because I don’t feel … that they defined my life.’

Walk down memory lane: Stevie Nicks, 73, revealed she's considering sharing her life story in a memoir and biopic during a conversation with singer Tim McGraw on his Apple Music Country show - Beyond The Influence Radio; Nicks seen in 2014

Walk down memory lane: Stevie Nicks, 73, revealed she's considering sharing her life story in a memoir and biopic during a conversation with singer Tim McGraw on his Apple Music Country show - Beyond The Influence Radio; Nicks seen in 2014

Walk down memory lane: Stevie Nicks, 73, revealed she’s considering sharing her life story in a memoir and biopic during a conversation with singer Tim McGraw on his Apple Music Country show – Beyond The Influence Radio; Nicks seen in 2014

The Arizona native made it clear that drugs are no longer a part of her life, and that she was the main force behind getting herself through some of her darkest times and into treatment.

‘I managed to save myself. I got through some pretty scary moments, but I saved me – nobody else saved me,’ she told McGraw as reported by People. 

‘I survived me. I survived my cocaine. I survived by myself.’

She confessed that she would consider writing a ‘really fun book’ of stories, spanning from her childhood, through her times as a high-profile rock star, up to the present day. 

Nicks went on to share that she alone checked herself into rehab, which included a stint in her early 40s at the famed Betty Ford Center that was co-founded by former U.S. First Lady Betty Ford in 1982.

‘Nobody did that for me. I did it and that’s like with my whole life. So I would dance over those parts just to give the wisdom out to people,’ she added. 

Ironically, some of the darkest days of Nicks’ life came during the height of Fleetwood Mac’s fame in the 1970s, especially following the massive success of their studio album Rumours (1977), which spawned such hits as Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, Dreams and You Make Loving Fun. 

Rumours went on to sell over 40 million copies worldwide, making it best-selling albums of time. And in the proceeding decades, the chart-topper has frequently been cited as one of the greatest albums of all time. 

Dark daze: Ironically, some of the darkest days of Nicks' life came at the height of Fleetwood Mac's fame in the 1970s, following the massive success of their album Rumours (1977)

Dark daze: Ironically, some of the darkest days of Nicks' life came at the height of Fleetwood Mac's fame in the 1970s, following the massive success of their album Rumours (1977)

Dark daze: Ironically, some of the darkest days of Nicks’ life came at the height of Fleetwood Mac’s fame in the 1970s, following the massive success of their album Rumours (1977)

During her chat with McGraw, Nicks touched on her childhood and the importance of her grandfather, an aspiring country singer played her an array of records and taught her how to sing harmonies. 

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She also about signing her first record contract, teaming up with Lindsey Buckingham as bandmates and lovers, resulting in an on-again, off-again romance for many years, and going solo while remaining in Fleetwood Mac.

‘I loved being in a band. Until 1981, I was not the least bit interested in having a solo career,’ she confessed before adding, ‘Even when I decided I did want to do a solo record, I was not at interested in leaving my band and not being in a band anymore. I just wrote way too many songs for Fleetwood Mac.’

The songstress said that the idea of publishing her life story is one that’s taken her years to even entertain, and that if she does, in fact, go forward with the idea it would likely be broken up into four different books.

‘I think that what I would do first, and only lately have I thought this, I might sit down at some point across the kitchen table with some of my girlfriends have been there for a lot of it and put on a tape recorder and just start talking from the very beginning,” she said.     

If she is happy with results of a book version, the Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around star admitted that she would consider a biopic.       

Just last week, the two-time Grammy winner announced the cancelation of all of her 2021 concert dates due to the recent surge of the COVID-19 delta variant. 

‘These are challenging times with challenging decisions that have to be made. I want everyone to be safe and healthy and the rising Covid cases should be of concern to all of us,’ she shared on Twitter and Instagram.

‘While I’m vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the 5 performances I had planned for 2021. Because singing and performing have been my whole life, my primary goal is to keep healthy so I can continue singing for the next decade or longer. I’m devastated and I know the fans are disappointed, but we will look towards a brighter 2022.’ 

Nicks was the first woman to have been inducted twice into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – first as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and then again as a solo artist in 2019.        

Safety first: Just last week, the two-time Grammy winner announced the cancelation of all of her 2021 concert dates due to the most recent surge of the COVID-19 delta variant

Safety first: Just last week, the two-time Grammy winner announced the cancelation of all of her 2021 concert dates due to the most recent surge of the COVID-19 delta variant

Safety first: Just last week, the two-time Grammy winner announced the cancelation of all of her 2021 concert dates due to the most recent surge of the COVID-19 delta variant

Stevie Nicks 'saved' herself from addiction as she considers sharing life story in memoir

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