Stevie Nicks has no plans to turn into an old lady rock star. The Fleetwood Mac songstress told Rolling Stone that she sees a lot of people her age and younger who have not aged well, but she doesn’t plan to be one of them.
“I see lots of people my age, and lots of people who are younger than me, and I think, 'Wow, those people look really old,'" the 68-year-old singer told the music magazine. "I think it's because they didn't try."
Nicks admitted that she lost eight years of her life in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when she went to a psychiatrist who put her on Klonopin to beat her cocaine addiction, and she has spent the last 25 years trying to make up for lost time.
While Nicks also revealed that she has no plans to ever record with Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, and Mick Fleetwood again, she said she has no problem touring with her bandmates of 42 years. But the “Edge of Seventeen” singer does have a bit of problem with an upcoming birthday: She’ll turn 70 on May 26 of next year.
“I don't like that number," Nicks admitted. “If you want to stay young, you have to make an effort. If I wanna walk onstage in a short chiffon skirt and not look completely age-inappropriate, I have to make that happen. Or you just throw in the towel and let your hair turn white and look like a frumpy old woman. I'm never gonna go there.”
Stevie Nicks has always been vocal about staying young. Six years ago, in an interview with an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nicks said she always took care of her skin—even during her drug-fueled days. She also credited her lack of wrinkles to limited sun exposure and a diligent skincare routine three times a day. "I have always taken really good care of my skin," the singer said at the time. "Even on the bad days, even if you're just very, very drunk and have a big night, and everybody else goes to bed with the makeup on. Not me."
Years later, Nicks has vowed to never retire from the entertainment industry, revealing that she wants to do “a miniseries for the stories of Rhiannon and the gods of Wales.”
“But I don't have to retire from being a rock star to go and do that,” she told Rolling Stone. “I can fit it all in.”
While she plans to stay young, earlier this year, Steve Nicks told the Evening Standard that she stopped writing songs due to the Internet and the blatant song stealing that goes on in today’s culture. Nicks also said it’s hard for artists over 20 years old to sell records. Steve Nicks’ last solo record, In Your Dreams, was released in 2011.