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Stevie Nicks sent a letter to former Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham after his heart attack

Despite the animosity between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, the Fleetwood Mac singer has revealed the one time she reached out following a recent health scare.

Buckingham, best known for being the former lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of Fleetwood Mac, was forced to undergo emergency open-heart surgery in 2019 after he suffered a heart attack. It marked yet another turn in a terrible few years for the musician who, just months before his health scare, was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

While there has been no contact between Buckingham and the band following his departure, Stevie Nicks revealed that she reached out to the guitarist following his surgery, writing a letter in a bid to urge caution with his health. In the letter, Nicks said: “You better take care of yourself. You better take it easy and you better do everything they tell you and get your voice back and feel the grace that you have made it through this,” Nicks told the Los Angeles Times.

Nicks, who is preparing to release new solo material, also explained in the interview that she “never planned” to fire Buckingham from the band, despite growing tensions at the time, she would also explain her disappointment when the final decision was taken.

“Any time we re-formed to do a tour or a record, I always walked in with hope in my heart,” Nicks added. “And I just was so disappointed. I felt like all the wind had gone out of my sails.”

The relationship between Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac appears to be entirely broken following his departure and, shortly after he left the band, the guitarist said: “This was not something that was really my doing or my choice,” while performing a solo show. “I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective.”

Continuing, Buckingham also stated that he believes his firing will have negative effects on the band: “It harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfil one’s higher truth and one’s high destiny.”