Rock star romances have been a part of rock and roll for decades, but when the romance hits too close to home- as in a relationship between two band mates- it can get complicated. Here are some rock and roll romances that didn’t work out- but also didn’t break up the band.
Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Rock group Fleetwood Mac made some of their best music when things were at their worst internally for the band. Lead singer Stevie Nicks and longtime beau Lindsey Buckingham called it quits while recording the band’s successful Rumours album in 1976. But the duo intrigued fans as they sang like Go Your Own Way and The Chain together, as if their breakup added to the band’s mystique. Even stranger? Married band mates John and Christine McVie also broke up during this time and Nicks later dated and broke up with band founder, Mick Fleetwood. But Fleetwood Mac continued to record and tour together for years despite the band’s internal friction.
Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal. California band, No Doubt, almost did break up over the breakup of lead singer Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal. When the couple’s seven year relationship ended, the band forged on anyway, recording their Grammy nominated album, Tragic Kingdom. Some of the album’s most popular songs, like Don’t Speak and Sunday Morning, are assumed to be about the couple’s breakup. Stefani later found another rock and roll romance in singer Gavin Rossdale- but luckily he was in a different band.
Jack and Meg White. This rock duo downplayed their marital status, even going so far as to claim they were siblings. According to Time, Jack White actually took her Meg’s name when they got married in 1996. But even after their divorce in 2000, Jack and Meg White continued to make music together as The White Stripes, spawning alternative hit songs like Icky Thump and Elephant. While the “sibling” story may have taken the microscope off of their broken marriage, the Stripes just needed to pick story and stick with it.
Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. These Blondie band mates were in a long romantic relationship throughout their band’s earlier years and hit songs like Rapture and Heart of Glass, with Harry even caring for Stein when he became ill in the 1980’s. The couple broke up a decade later but they will always have the beautiful music they made together.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. In a slightly different twist, this British duo was involved in a romantic relationship before they worked together as The Eurythmics. With their breakup a thing of the past, they got down to what was important: making music, like hits Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and Here Comes the Rain Again. It paid off, too. According to Wikipedia, The Eurhythmics have been the biggest selling duo in Britain.