John McVie and Christine Perfect were married in 1968. Christine was the lead singer and piano player of blues band Chicken Shack.
Fleetwood Mac would often share venues with Chicken Shack. It was on one of these occasions that McVie met Christine. Following a brief romance of only two weeks, McVie and Perfect got married with Peter Green as best man. With the couple being unable to spend much time together because of the constant touring with their bands, Christine quit Chicken Shack to spend more time with John. Then in 1970, following the departure of Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac, McVie successfully persuaded Christine to join him in Fleetwood Mac.
In the years to follow, Fleetwood Mac went through several different line-ups, which occasionally became the source of friction and unease within the band. In addition, frequent touring as well as John McVie’s heavy drinking began to put some strain on his marriage to Christine. In 1974, the McVies, along with the other members of Fleetwood Mac, moved to Los Angeles, where they lived briefly with John Mayall. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac achieved enormous worldwide success after recruiting American singer-songwriter duo Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. However, on the heels of the band’s success followed serious marital problems for the McVies, and in 1977, during the recording of Rumours, John and Christine McVie’s marriage unravelled and the couple divorced the same year. As a way to put behind the hurt and final dissolution, several of Christine’s songs on this album were about John McVie, particularly “Don’t Stop”.
John McVie remarried in 1978 to Julie Ann Reubens, but apparently continued to drink heavily. An alcohol-induced seizure in 1987 finally prompted him to kick the habit, and he has been sober ever since. In 1989, McVie’s wife Julie Ann gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Molly McVie.
In his spare time, McVie is a sailing enthusiast, and he nearly got lost at least once on a Pacific voyage. A naturally reclusive man, his involvement with Fleetwood Mac has been constant but notably low-key, despite the fact that the band takes the ‘Mac’ part of its name from him. He received co-writer credits for a very small number of tracks throughout the band’s existence, including “Station Man” and “The Chain”.