Stevie Nicks Once Shut Down Prince’s Writing Advice, Saying He Wasn’t ‘Intrinsically Sexy’

Over the course of her career, Stevie Nicks has formed friendships with a variety of famous faces. One of these friends was Prince, who she connected with on both a musical and personal level. Once, while Prince was commenting on her music, Nicks said he wasn’t “intrinsically sexy.” She revealed why she said this about the musician and dished on the state of their friendship. 

Stevie Nicks wears a sweater and peeks around a chiffon curtain. Prince wears a floral jacket and a pink boa. He plays the guitar.
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Stevie Nicks and Prince had a ‘strange’ friendship

Nicks and Prince struck up a friendship when she based her song “Stand Back” on “Little Red Corvette.”

“I called him and said, ‘Can you come to the studio and listen to this song? I’ve sung over your song and written another song and you may hate it and if you do, I won’t do it,’” she told Rolling Stone. “He came over to Sunset Sound and he loved it — he played piano and guitar on it.”

She added that they were “strange friends” but would still call each other frequently. She also noted that he wanted a romantic relationship with her.

“Prince and I were just friends,” Nicks told Harper’s Bazaar. “I think he would have been happy to have had a relationship. But I really wanted a musical relationship, and I had smartened up, even then. You’ll break up and never speak again. But he wasn’t interested in just that.”

She once said that Prince wasn’t sexy

As a musician, Prince picked up a reputation for lyrics that dripped with sensuality. He was overtly sexual as a performer. Nicks was different. She admits that she regrets posing topless for her debut album in her pre-Fleetwood Mac band with Lindsey Buckingham, Buckingham Nicks.

As she became friends with Prince, he encouraged her to imbibe her writing with more overt sexuality. Per The New York Times Style Magazine, the book Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams, and Rumors, shared Nicks’ response to this suggestion.

“You have to write about sex, so you must not be intrinsically sexy,” she said. “I don’t have to write about sex because I am intrinsically sexy.”

Stevie Nicks says she still talks to the ‘Purple Rain’ artist after his death

Following Prince’s death, Nicks says one of her biggest regrets is never getting the chance to perform with him.

“The saddest thing of all is Prince and I never played that song onstage together, she said. “And that just breaks my heart. I guess we all think we’re immortal — I always thought we had plenty of time. I should have told Prince 10 years ago or 15 years ago, ‘Hey, Prince, we should do this song onstage together — some night, some city, call me.’”

Still, she added that speaking with him after his death has been a point of comfort to her.

“When I’m nervous, I’ll talk to Prince. In my solo act, when I do ‘Moonlight,’ I wear this white wolfy coat — I put this coat on and I try to transform into a Dire Wolf from Game of Thrones. And before I go on, I always say, ‘Walk with me, Prince.’” 

She doesn’t believe that the respect they had for each other has faded. If anything, she said she feels just as close to Prince now.

“I feel that connection is still there, maybe more now than before he died — with Tom [Petty] and with Prince.”

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