Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac have one of probably the most well-known relationships in popular culture. The 2 have been courting after they first joined Fleetwood Mac and broke up throughout their tenure with the band. In an interview with Dan Fairly for AXS TV, Buckingham revealed that he thinks Fleetwood Mac prevented him and Nicks from “the luxury of closure.”
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham didn’t have closure
In 2015, Buckingham was interviewed by Fairly about his profession and time in Fleetwood Mac. In the course of the interview, Buckingham was requested in regards to the creation of Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours.
The band launched the album in 1977, and it’s thought to be one of the band’s finest albums and one of one of the best albums of all time. Within the interview, Buckingham shared that Rumours was impressed by the feelings between Nicks and Buckingham after their breakup.
“By the time we got up to Sausalito to start recording Rumours, Stevie and I, although not quite as well-defined were estranged, we’re not living together, we for all intents and purposes broken up,” Buckingham defined. “John and Christine McVie were divorced.”
“So normally when people break up, when there’s a pain involved like that, disappointment, heartache, people are allowed a requisite amount of distance and time in order to let the dust settle before they move on. Well, we did not have that luxury. We were, you know, in very close quarters, never had the luxury to be apart. So, therefore, never really had the luxury of closure,” the guitarist mentioned within the interview.
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham wrote songs about one another
Fleetwood Mac’s hottest lineup contains Mick Fleetwood, Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and John McVie. Of the members, Nicks, Buckingham, and Christine McVie have been the principle songwriters.
“We were five people. Stevie and I had been a couple for a long time. John and Christine McVie had been married, so you had these two couples,” Buckingham defined to Fairly about Fleetwood Mac earlier than Rumours.
Buckingham thinks the band’s interpersonal drama helped make Fleetwood Mac’s music relatable.
“And also, you had three writers. So Stevie was writing songs, basically dialogues to me. I was basically writing dialogues to her. And Christine McVie was writing dialogues to John,” the guitarist advised Fairly. “People were really able to invest in us as people.”
He added, “There was nothing to hide. Everyone knew that this was what was being written about. Everyone knew that these songs, the subject matter, was what we were living.”
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham broke up whereas in Fleetwood Mac
In accordance with Nicks, her relationship with Buckingham was rocky even when the 2 first joined Fleetwood Mac. Nonetheless, the 2 tried to remain collectively for so long as potential for the sake of the band.
“You just have to throw yourself into your song. I mean, I broke up with Lindsey in 1976. We’d only been in Fleetwood Mac for a year and a half, and we were breaking up when we joined Fleetwood Mac,” Nicks advised The New Yorker.
She continued, “So we just put our relationship kind of back together, because I was smart enough to know that, if we had broken up the second month of being in Fleetwood Mac, it would have blown the whole thing.”
In 2018, Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac, and in interviews, he has shared that he blames Nicks for his firing.