Stevie Nicks Recalls Telling Katy Perry Not To Have Musical ‘Rivals’: ‘It’s Just Ridiculous’


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Stevie Nicks said she once gave Katy Perry some advice that the ‘California Girl’ singer says helped her a lot in her memorable career.

The Fleetwood Mac singer, 73, revealed in an interview with The New Yorker that she and Perry, 34, once had an altercation at London’s Corinthia Hotel in 2012 and the ‘American Idol’ judge broached the topic of industry rivalries.

“She said, ‘So Stevie, who are your rivals?’ And I said, ‘I have no rivals.’ And his big blue eyes got bigger and bluer,” Nicks recalled in the report. “And I said, ‘No Katy, I don’t, and neither do you. You are Katy Perry, you are who you are, you do what you do and you are awesome at it. I’m Stevie Nicks, I do what I do and I’m good at it. We have no rivals. It’s just ridiculous.'”

Nicks argued that Perry had taken an “as if” stance on the idea that she had no rivalry in the music business and referenced the ongoing feud between Perry’s fans and the solid “Swifties”. “known to ride hard for Taylor Swift at all times. According to People magazine, the two reportedly had bad blood at the time.

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Stevie Nicks told Katy Perry that industry rivalries weren’t important.
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“She said, ‘Well, there’s Taylor Swift’s army and there’s Katy’s army and there’s…’ And I said, ‘That’s just bullshit… ‘” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recalled. “‘You just have to get away from it. Don’t keep that in your mind, because then they win the game.'”

It was then that Nicks told Perry a story about when she and teammate Christine McVie, 78, vowed never to allow men to dictate their careers or belittle their talent and skills.

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“We were very protective of each other. We made a pact, early on, that we would never be treated disrespectfully by any male musicians in the community,” Nicks said. “And we really stuck to it. I think we swore that if we ever felt like we were being treated like that, we’d get up and walk out, and we did. We’d just say, ‘Hey. well, this party is over for us.”

Katy Perry once thought she and Taylor Swift were rivals in the music industry, according to Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks.

Katy Perry once thought she and Taylor Swift were rivals in the music industry, according to Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.
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Nicks insisted she grew closer in her relationship with McVie and knew the pair had to stick together if they were to maintain any longevity in the hard music business.

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“Sometimes opposites attract,” Nicks said.


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