American songstress Stevie Nicks has admitted to an abortion after falling pregnant to Eagles’ frontman Don Henley in the mid-1970s. The child, who would have been named Sara had she been a girl, is immortalised in the 1979 hit of the same name.
“I believe, to the best of my knowledge, [that Nicks] became pregnant by me. And she named the kid Sara, and she had an abortion – and then wrote the song of the same name to the spirit of the aborted baby,” he told GQ magazine in 1991.
“I was building my house at the time, and there’s a line in the song that says, ‘And when you build your house, call me.’”
Nicks and Henley got together in 1976 after the Fleetwood Mac singer broke from long-time partner, Lindsey Buckingham.
In a special interview in 2014 with Billboard magazine, Nicks, said their baby inspired many of the song’s lyrics.
“Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara,” she said. But Nicks said the song – which was originally 16 minutes long and included nine verses cut from the album – also dealt with Mick Fleetwood’s wife, Sara, and other aspects of the band’s disintegrating relationships.
According to Eagles biographer Marc Eliot, Nicks “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.”
Nicks, 68, was unable to have children as a result of cocaine abuse.
Sara appears on the 1979 Fleetwood Mac double album, Tusk.