Sunday, 24 July 2011

Melody Maker, 1979: Agnetha and Björn are getting a divorce, but no danger for ABBA!

The ABBA members Agnetha and Björn were always one of the happiest couples in the pop business, always smiling and still in love, even after eight years of marriage. But the appearances were deceiving: since quite some time there was something wrong in the Fältskog/Ulvaeus marriage. And now Agnetha and Björn have confessed in an interview that they have been living separately for some time and that they want to get a divorce. MM correspondent Jan Bengtsson is reporting from Sweden.

“Already six months ago, we have decided that we want to get a divorce,” Agnetha confesses, “and since Christmas we are living separately. However, the distance between our houses in Lidingö is only seven minutes, because we want to keep on taking care of the upbringing of our children together.”
But what is the reason for the divorce? Infidelity perhaps? Agnetha: “Speculations are pointless. Fact is that Björn and I couldn’t live together any longer. When people don’t have anything to say to each other any longer and don’t get through to each other anymore, it’s no use to keep living together. But I want to emphasize that we are separating as good friends.”
The victims of these proceedings are the two children of the couple, Linda (6) and Christian (1). “The most difficult thing was telling our daughter gently that we are getting a divorce. All three of us ended up crying.”
The report about the divorce came just as unexpected to ABBA manager Stig Anderson as it did to the rest of the world. Only the other two ABBA members, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson, knew that their colleagues wanted to get a divorce.
However, although the collapse of Agnetha and Björn’s marriage surely is regrettable, in the end it’s definitely a private matter that only concerns those involved. But for the ABBA fan, the question now rises if this will have any consequences for the group ABBA. Melody Maker posed this question to the ABBA management in Stockholm and got a pleasant reply. ABBA will go on and they will go through with their schedule for 1979 as planned. In February, the group will film a TV show in Switzerand, entitled ‘Snowtime Special’. The proceeds from this broadcast will flow to Unicef, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
The new ABBA album, that still hasn’t got a title yet, will probably be released in the middle of April. And in the beginning of August, the start of a world tour is even scheduled.
So it’s clear: some things have definitely changed for Agnetha and Björn, but not for the millions of ABBA fans all over the world!

5 comments:

Monica said...

It is quite amazing how they were able to work together both personally and professionally after the divorce in order to raise their children the best they could. Speaking as a child from a divorce we did not have the same treatment from our parents, which is unfortunate. I wish more adults could set aside their differences when it comes to their children and still try and raise them together even though there are two households.

Anonymous said...

Michel, your blog is very good! But I'd like to see more articles about the couple Benny and Frida. Could you please post more of them, if you have them? It can be any sort of article, like an interview, but an anticle about that couple. I've seen you posted few articles related to them, but there aren't so many. I'd be really pleased if you could do it, also because there are many people I know who'd like to read here something new about Benny and Frida.

Thanks in advance,
Melanie

Anonymous said...

Yeahh, I'd loove to read any article about B&F!!! Pleease, post something about them!
LOVE them forever!

- Jill

Anonymous said...

Me too!

Gabriela said...

Excelente blog!!