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The Unique Quality Don Henley Found Only In Stevie Nicks

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Steve Nicks has had her share of high-profile romances. Among the most notable are her ties to former Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. Yet, her bond with Don Henley, Eagles’ drummer and co-singer, stands out in its own right.

Their romance blossomed after Nicks parted ways with Fleetwood Mac. Even though it was a brief affair, it was deeply meaningful for both. In a 1980s TV interview, Stevie reflected on her time with Henley, noting:

“Don was always different with me. He had this protective side, almost as if we were married. Every time we meet, even now, there’s this special connection. I believe I offered something unique to him, something he might not have found again.”

She elaborated on their unique bond:

“Back in 1976, Fleetwood Mac had just begun to soar, while The Eagles were already stars. With me, Don found a different sort of connection than he had with other women he knew. It made our bond truly special.”

Nicks became pregnant with Henley’s child, but decided to have an abortion. Their fleeting romance left its mark in music, particularly in the song ‘Sara’ from the 1979 ‘Tusk’ album.

Though the song primarily speaks of Stevie’s breakup with Mick Fleetwood and his ensuing relationship with her close friend Sara, whispers suggest it also touches upon her unexpected pregnancy with Henley.

Despite their romantic end, Nicks and Henley remained close. They collaborated on ‘Leather and Lace’ for Stevie’s inaugural solo album ‘Bella Donna’ in 1981, a hit that climbed to number six on the US Billboard Hot 100. They even teamed up for The Two Voices Tour in 2005.

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