Lindsey Buckingham
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I was s senior in high school and Lindsey was a junior. And we went to a Young Life meeting ~ which was a religious meeting that simply got you out of the house on Wednesday nights ~ and um, he was there and I was there and we sat down and played California Dreaming. I thought he was darling. I didn't see him again for two years and he called m eup and asked if I wanted to be in a band... And so, I was in this band with him for three and a half years ~ a band called Fritz.
~Stevie Nicks, The Stevie Nicks Story, the Source, 1981

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I think there was always something between me and Lindsey, but nobody in that band [Fritz] really wanted me as their girlfriend because I was just too ambitious for them....[After the breakup of Fritz] we started spending a lot of time together working out songs. Pretty soon we started spending all our time together and... it just happened.
~Stevie Nicks, Rolling Stone, March 24, 1977

Splitting up has not been an easy thing for either Lindsey or me. I think we both knew deep down that it was the only thing we could do. We weren't creating, either of us. …It's much better now.
~Stevie Nicks, Crawdaddy, November, 1976

My relationship with Lindsey was tumultuous.
~Stevie Nicks, Playboy Magazine, 1982

He and I were about as compatible as a boa constrictor and a rat.
~Stevie Nicks, Woman's Own, 1990

We tangle a lot, but we love each other ~ we'll always love each other. He and I will never get away from the fact that we were as one for so many years.
~Stevie Nicks, Mademoiselle, August 1982

[Billy Burnette & Rick Vito] come up to my house, and they work with me [on music]. And, um, you see that is something that Lindsey and I never did, because he never wanted to be that close to me...anymore. Because we'd always get back on the subject of why we broke up 12 years ago.
~Stevie Nicks, BBC Interview, 1989

When he and I split up in the very beginning, Lindsey was never quite able to understand what had happened to us, and that in itself had to make day-to-day living very difficult for him, and it did for me.
~Stevie Nicks, The Music Paper, June 1990

Lindsey and Stevie at a partyRich and famous or starving and poor, we went through the same problems. He always wanted me to himself, but somebody had to go out and earn some money. All he wanted to do was play his music. When I came home I'd always get a slight cold shoulder. He wouldn't quite trust me about where I'd been or what I'd been doing. When we broke up, two years after joining Fleetwood Mac, it was like a living nightmare....Everything about me seemed to bug him. My laughter, the way I could deal with a lot of difficult things, all made him want to cringe. So I changed when I was around him. I became mouse-like and would never dare offer a suggestion.
~Stevie Nicks, Woman's Own, 1990

I cooked and cleaned and took care of him. I mean, I my mom and dad considered Lindsey and I married. So did I. So did he. Now Lindsey and I don't speak at all. …It's a sad way to end a long, wonderful reationship.
~Stevie Nicks, USA Today, October 16, 1991

Currently, Lindsey and I have no relationship. …Basically, I think Lindsey and I had sung our last song. We had taken that relationship as far as it could go without one of us killing the other. Plus, he had treated me so badly for so long. I'd walk into a room and he'd become the most sarcastic, unpleasant man on the face of the earth. I have total respect for him [as an artist]. I don't know if he has any for me. He feels I broke up our team. So, for that, in his mind, I should be tortured for days and then killed.
~Stevie Nicks, The Island Ear, August 22, 1994

I haven't talked to him since the inauguration. We're really not friends. We're really not anything. We did not break up friends, and we have never been friends since. He is not really able to have any kind of a relationship with me. I just bug him to death. Everything I do is abrasive to him. He's scary when he gets mad.
~Stevie Nicks, Rolling Stone, September 22, 1994

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