Musicians in love. Fleetwood Mac is perhaps the most famous example of bandmates dating each other — and the ensuing complications that come with it.
“I broke up with Lindsey [Buckingham] in 1976. We’d only been in Fleetwood Mac for a year and a half, and we were breaking up when we joined Fleetwood Mac,” Stevie Nicks recalled in a February 2022 conversation with The New Yorker. “So, we just put our relationship kind of back together, because I was smart enough to know that, if we had broken up the second month of being in Fleetwood Mac, it would have blown the whole thing.”
The Arizona native continued: “I just bided my time, and tried to make everything as easy as possible, tried to be as sweet and nice to Lindsey as I could be. He wasn’t happy, either. Then something happened that was, you know, ‘We’re done.’ And he knew it. It was time. And the band was solid, by that time, so I could walk away knowing that he was safe. And that the band was safe. And that we could work it out.”
The duo’s breakup provided inspiration for the group’s critically acclaimed 1977 album, Rumours. Nicks and Buckingham penned “Dreams” and “Go Your Own Way” about each other for the LP, respectively.
“Both songs kind of mean the same thing — it’s really about our breakup,” Nicks said. “He’s looking at it from a very unpleasant, angry way, and I’m saying, in my more airy-fairy way, we’re gonna be all right. We’ll get through this.”
Other bandmates’ relationships have stood the test of time. When Bruce Springsteen invited Patti Scialfa to join his E Street Band on tour as a backup singer in 1984, the “Born in the USA” musician was still married to Julianne Phillips. Springsteen and Phillips separated in 1998 and the Grammy Award winner began living with Scialfa soon afterward.
In a 1996 interview with The Advocate, the “Thunder Road” singer opened up about receiving backlash for starting a new relationship before his divorce was finalized.
“It’s a strange society that assumes it has the right to tell people whom they should love and whom they shouldn’t. But the truth is, I basically ignored the entire thing as much as I could. I said, ‘Well, all I know is this feels real, and maybe I have got a mess going [on] here in some fashion, but that’s life,’” he told the outlet at the time.
The New Jersey native married Scialfa in 1991. They share three children: Jessica, Evan and Sam.
Scroll through for a guide to which musicians have dated their bandmates over the years: