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Stevie Nicks on Fleetwood Mac cocaine use: 'All of us were drug addicts'

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Matt Bradwell
Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac on the NBC Today Show at Rockefeller Center in New York City. UPI/John Angelillo
Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac on the NBC Today Show at Rockefeller Center in New York City. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Former Fleetwood Mac singer and active solo artist Stevie Nicks recently opened up about her past drug use during her tenure with the classic rock superstars.

"All of us were drug addicts," Nicks told Rolling Stone from her home in Los Angeles.

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"But there was a point where I was the worst drug addict ... I was a girl, I was fragile, and I was doing a lot of coke. And I had that hole in my nose. So it was dangerous."

Nicks' habit got so bad, the eponymous frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had to step in and tell Nicks to get her life in order.

"I did all I could to talk her into getting some help and getting right," Petty said.

"I was very worried about her. To the point that if the phone did ring and they said, 'Stevie died,' I wouldn't have been surprised."

Now, Nicks says her only narcotic indulgence is marijuana, which she only uses in moderation for inspiration.

"When I'm writing, I will allow myself to smoke a little bit of pot. It's my one little thing that I can do. I use it as a tool, and I'm very careful, you know? And I get results."

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The candid interview comes on the heels of the 40th anniversary of Nicks and then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham joining Fleetwood Mac, to cement what would become the group's classic lineup.

"'We can always quit,'" Nicks recalls telling Buckingham at the time.

"'They're going to pay us $200 each a week, so we can save some money and leave in six months with a little nest egg if it doesn't work.'"

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