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Stevie Nicks responds to Lindsey Buckingham comments on she getting him fired from Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks responds to Lindsey Buckingham comments on she getting him fired from Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac Performs At The Staples Center

Stevie Nicks has blasted Lindsey Buckingham for giving a “factually inaccurate” account of his departure from Fleetwood Mac.

The 71-year-old guitarist was fired from the group in 2018 and earlier this week repeated his allegation that it was Stevie who was responsible for his exit after she gave the rest of the band an ultimatum when he asked to delay an upcoming tour to promote his solo music.

He claimed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times newspaper: “It would be like a scenario where Mick Jagger says, ‘Either Keith [Richards] goes or I go.’”

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham Fleetwood Mac Performs On The Today Show
Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham (R) and singer Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac perform as part of the 2003 “Today” Summer Concert Series at the NBC Studios April 18, 2003 in Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

“No, neither one of you can go. But I guess the singer has to stay. The figurehead has to stay…”

“I think she saw the possibility of remaking the band more in the Stevie Nicks vein,” Buckingham said in the interview. “More mellow and kind of down, giving her more chances to do the kind of talking she does onstage.”

And Stevie has hit back, insisting Lindsey’s version of events is simply “revisionist history.”

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Fleetwood Mac perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Getty Images)

“It’s unfortunate that Lindsey has chosen to tell a revisionist history of what transpired in 2018 with Fleetwood Mac,” Nicks wrote to Rolling Stone. “His version of events is factually inaccurate.”

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Here is Stevie Nicks’ full statement to Rolling Stone

It’s unfortunate that Lindsey has chosen to tell a revisionist history of what transpired in 2018 with Fleetwood Mac. His version of events is factually inaccurate, and while I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, preferring to not air dirty laundry, certainly it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth. Following an exceedingly difficult time with Lindsey at MusiCares in New York, in 2018, I decided for myself that I was no longer willing to work with him. I could publicly reflect on the many reasons why, and perhaps I will do that someday in a memoir, but suffice it to say we could start in 1968 and work up to 2018 with a litany of very precise reasons why I will not work with him. 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. I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my well-being. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it. I have championed independence my whole life, and I believe every human being should have the absolute freedom to set their boundaries of what they can and cannot work with. 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.

Further to that, as for a comment on “family”—I was thrilled for Lindsey when he had children, but I wasn’t interested in making those same life choices. 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, even if it looks differently from what his life choices have been.

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham 2018 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Fleetwood Mac - Show
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Getty Images)

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