Stevie Nicks: I Was Pregnant With Don Henley's Baby

She confirms long-standing rumor
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2014 9:50 AM CDT
Updated Sep 29, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
Stevie Nicks: I Was Pregnant With Don Henley's Baby
In this photo provided by Cal State-Fullerton, Stevie Nicks entertains a crowd of almost 11,000 on Feb. 2, 2008, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.   (AP Photo/Cal State-Fullerton, Kelly Lacefield)

In a no-holds-barred Billboard interview, Stevie Nicks confirms a long-standing rumor: She was once pregnant with Eagles frontman Don Henley's baby. Years ago, Henley told a reporter that during his relationship with Nicks, she got pregnant and named their unborn baby Sara, and that that's what the Fleetwood Mac song "Sara" is about. Asked by the Billboard writer about that, Nicks said, "Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara. But there was another woman in my life named Sara, who shortly after that became Mick's wife, Sara Fleetwood." So Henley's story about the song "Sara" was "accurate," Nicks said, "but not the entirety of it."

Gawker fills in some of the backstory: According to Marc Eliot's book about the Eagles, Nicks and Henley had "a serious two-year affair," but when Nicks got pregnant, "the 'situation' was resolved quickly and quietly when Nicks, between tour dates, had an abortion. Although Henley did not try to force the issue, according to friends, she was deeply upset about what she considered his fast and easy consent to her decision. Nicks took it as Henley's way of saying he wasn't interested in any type of serious long-term commitment." In Henley's interview years later, according to a 2006 book excerpted here, he said Nicks "named the [unborn] kid Sara, and she had an abortion—and then wrote the song of the same name to the spirit of the aborted baby." (More Stevie Nicks stories.)

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