Ste­vie Nicks ex­clu­sive

My All Black love af­fair, plus win tick­ets!

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - CONTENTS -

Rock leg­end Ste­vie Nicks is head­ing back to New Zealand this month and she couldn’t be hap­pier. She loves this coun­try for all the usual rea­sons – beau­ti­ful scenery, friendly peo­ple – but also, Ste­vie, who’s never been into sports, has be­come a

huge fan of the All Blacks. Mac Re­union tour in 2015, which co­in­cided with the last Rugby World Cup.

“It was the haka that got me hooked into it,” she tells Woman’s Day. “I watched the team do­ing it and it was the most mag­i­cal thing I ever saw. So then, for the first time in my life, I stayed up till 4am and watched a sports game to the very end. I had no idea what was go­ing on, but I was glued to it. All those cute guys!”

Ste­vie even met up back­stage with then-All Black cap­tain Richie McCaw after per­form­ing at Auck­land’s Mt Smart sta­dium. “I got an All Blacks T-shirt,” she tells. “It was great.”

To­day, she’s speak­ing to Woman’s Day on the phone from Perth ahead of her 24 Karat Gold Tour, with spe­cial guest Chrissie Hynde of The Pre­tenders.

“If you skip tour­ing, then you might as well stop do­ing the mu­sic,” ex­plains Ste­vie. “Es­pe­cially in these days of mu­sic stream­ing. If you make an al­bum and don’t tour, then you’re dead in the wa­ter.”

The singer/song­writer may be on the brink of turn­ing 70, but still looks and sounds in­cred­i­ble, and has no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up per­form­ing any time soon.

“I’m go­ing to be writ­ing songs and po­etry un­til the day I die,” she vows. “If I stop that, what else will I do? I love it and it keeps me young.

“If I stopped, then I re­ally would be 69 years old – ev­ery bone in my body would feel that age.”

She’s not ex­actly look­ing

If you put out a youth­ful vibe and don’t sound like an old lady, peo­ple fall it’ for

for­ward to her land­mark birth­day in May next year and ad­mits she gets tetchy at friends who want her to cel­e­brate it.

“In my mind, I’m not old,” she as­serts. “If you put out a youth­ful vibe and don’t sound like an old lady, peo­ple fall for it. I al­ways tell my young friends, you think you won’t care any more in your late 60s, but you will. So you need to take care of your hair and skin, and get a lit­tle ex­er­cise, oth­er­wise you’ll just be an old granny.”

Ste­vie has al­ways looked after her skin. Her se­cret is mas­sag­ing in plenty of pricey creams, never go­ing to bed with her make-up on and not ly­ing in the sun. “I haven’t done that since I was 30 – not once.”

The iconic rock chick still has the same bo­hemian look. “I wear beau­ti­ful clothes, even if I’m a lit­tle fat for them,” she tells. “When you get older, your body wants to gain weight. I try to stay at around 66kg and be happy with that. But it’s not easy. I work on it all the time.”

Un­for­tu­nately, after in­jur­ing her knee, Ste­vie isn’t able to ex­er­cise as much as she’d like. “I tripped over a dog bed, flew through the air and fell with all my weight on it,” she says rue­fully. “So I can’t dance as much on­stage or run from one side to the other. That’s been a bum­mer. I’ve had to learn to go slower.”

Nowa­days, she re­lies on bal­let stretches to keep her lim­ber. “If you’re fa­mous, you can’t go to the gym,” she points out. “So for me, it’s all in the stretch­ing.”

Ste­vie’s life to­day is a far cry from the wild rock and roll years, when she fa­mously snorted so much co­caine that she de­vel­oped a hole in her nose. But asked what she re­grets, it’s not spend­ing $1 mil­lion on drugs, but rather what came later.

After go­ing through re­hab, Ste­vie was urged to see a psy­chi­a­trist, who pre­scribed a drug called Klonopin to help her stay clean.

She tells, “My one re­gret is that I didn’t walk out of his of­fice. I didn’t need the med­i­ca­tion be­cause I was never go­ing back to co­caine. That was the one time in my life I went against my in­stincts.”

Zom­bie days

Ste­vie ended up de­vel­op­ing a se­vere ad­dic­tion to the pre­scrip­tion drug, which left her feel­ing like a zom­bie.

“It took away eight years of my life,” she re­veals. “I might have got round to hav­ing a baby or made lots more al­bums. It took me a long time to come back from that. And I’m still an­gry at that psy­chi­a­trist. I’ve never got over it. If I saw him in the street, I’d run him over.”

De­ter­mined not to have more re­grets, Ste­vie is now try­ing to find the time to ful­fil her long-held dream of cre­at­ing a mini-se­ries based around the story of a Welsh mytho­log­i­cal god­dess called Rhiannon, who she turned into a hit song.

“I call it my quest,” she says. “But since 1978, I’ve been so busy. Ev­ery time I make a start, I get a call to say there’s an of­fer to do shows. It’s prob­a­bly a good thing I don’t have a hus­band and kids as bal­anc­ing ev­ery­thing I want to do is al­most im­pos­si­ble.”

Early next year, she’s spend­ing a cou­ple of months in Hawaii and, in­stead of rest­ing, Ste­vie’s go­ing to seize the chance to press on with her dream project. “There are so many things I need to do be­fore I die.”

PlPlaguedd bby Fleet­woodFlt­dMMac fought ad­dic­tions, break-ups and fall­outs. For­ever a “Gypsy”, Ste­vie in 1975 (above) and tour­ing now.

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