Stevie Nicks Once Said Only 1 Man in Her Life Was ‘Truly Good’

Though single now, when she was young, Stevie Nicks entered into several high-profile relationships. While many will recognize the names of some of her romantic partners, she said that the only man in her life who was “truly good” was a lesser-known figure in the music industry. She revealed who this person was and why she valued him so much.

A black and white photo of Stevie Nicks wearing a black dress and singing into a microphone. She holds her hands in front of her face.
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Stevie Nicks and Kim Anderson had a brief marriage

In 1983, Nicks married Kim Anderson, the widower of her longtime friend Robin Snyder. Two days before Snyder died of leukemia, she gave birth to her son, Matthew. Nicks married Anderson three months later to help raise Matthew. 

“It was insanity,” she told The Guardian. “Everybody was furious. It was a completely ridiculous thing. And it was just because I had this crazy, insane thought that Robin would want me to take care of Matthew. But the fact is, Robin would not have wanted me to be married to a guy I didn’t love. And therefore accidentally break that guy’s heart, too.”

Nicks soon realized that her marriage was a mistake, and the couple divorced.

The Fleetwood Mac vocalist says only one man truly understood her

Nicks explained that a lesser-known relationship was one of the best she has had. She said that record producer Paul Fishkin helped support her through a difficult time. Even after their relationship ended, she looked back on it fondly.

“For whatever reasons—which aren’t important—my relationship with Paul [Fishkin, cofounder of Modem Records] stopped, he is the one man in my life that was truly good. Truly understood,” she told High Times. “I was in an emotional trauma all through that fifteen months. And he stood by and watched it, and was as much help as he could be. While the rest of the world questioned me constantly, including my very close friends. About everything.”

Nicks went on to explain that when she first rose to fame with Fleetwood Mac, people wanted to control her actions. She appreciated Fishkin because he didn’t do this.

“They want you to be dependent,” she said. “I always know what’s right, and when I get pushed into something — which I do a lot — that I knew wasn’t right from the beginning, I’m the hardest on myself and punish myself severely. I just lay in bed and think about it over and over until I can’t think about it anymore.”

Stevie Nicks said she likes the independence that comes with age

In 1982, Nicks said that she loved the maturity that came with age.

“I absolutely love being thirty-three years old. I think it’s wonderful,” she said, explaining, “You can see things clearer. You don’t have to get so crazy. You start making your own decisions.”

She added that she felt more independent when she had to deal with problems on her own.

“You’re a woman, not a child. You’re grown up and have to fend for yourself,” she said, adding, “You’re the only one who’s here and no one is going to save you.”

She has kept this mindset for the rest of her career, producing multiple hit albums on her own and inspiring a widespread group of younger musicians.

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