Why did ABBA break up? The double divorce that saved them aside nearly 40 years

Why did ABBA break up? The double divorce that kept them apart almost 40 years

2021-09-04 10:10:50

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Why did ABBA break up? The double divorce that saved them aside nearly 40 years

Swedish pop-rock group ABBA famously turned down some huge cash, nearly $1 billion to be exact, to reunite however refused to take action for nearly 4 many years. The Swedish icons have offered some 385 million information worldwide, making them one in all Common Music’s greatest artists, stories commonplace.co.uk. The quartet has now agreed to carry out collectively once more at London’s Olympic Park. However with a lot success, why did ABBA break up within the first place?

ABBA includes two units of {couples} — Agnetha Faltskog was married to Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to Anni-Frid Lyngstad. On the peak of the group’s fame each {couples} divorced, one in 1980 and the opposite a 12 months later. The band went their separate methods in 1982, with Faltskog saying that she discovered it laborious being within the band after her break-up.

Faltskog fell in love with Ulvaeus at 19, after assembly him in a restaurant. They had been married in 1971 and ABBA gained the Eurovision in 1974. She informed the Customary newspaper that she was emotionally ‘mangled’ by the break up with Bjorn, who was the daddy of her two kids.

Simply weeks after their divorce, Ulvaeus had a brand new girlfriend and Faltskog had counselling.

Their hit “The Winner Takes It All” was written throughout this era and Faltskog mentioned she discovered it laborious to seek out the emotional energy to sing: “Inform me does she kiss/Like I used to kiss you?”

Whereas speaking concerning the track in 2013, Faltskog mentioned: “Bjorn wrote it about us after the breakdown of our marriage. The actual fact he wrote it precisely once we divorced is touching actually.

“I did not thoughts. It was unbelievable to do this track as a result of I may put in such feeling. I did not thoughts sharing it with the general public. It did not really feel incorrect. There may be a lot in that track. It was a combination of what I felt and what Bjorn felt but in addition what Benny and Frida went by means of.”

After a tour, the band returned to the studio in 1982, however realised that, with each {couples} now divorced, it was not any enjoyable being ABBA. Faltskog additionally spoke about how her break up from Ulvaeus was painted as a “joyful divorce” however that it was something however. In 2000, amid a revival of a number of of their hits, an American-British consortium supplied the group $1 billion to reunite for 100 reveals, however they declined the supply, based on E! On-line.

“It is a hell of some huge cash to say no to, however we determined it wasn’t for us,” Andersson informed Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet in 2000. Faltskog informed Radio Instances: “We mentioned no as a result of they needed 250 reveals or one thing, it was unimaginable. No likelihood.”

ABBA nonetheless has tens of millions of followers worldwide and their newest compilation album, ABBA Gold, stayed within the charts for greater than 400 weeks. Talking concerning the band’s comeback, Ulvaeus, 76, informed Zane Lowe that issues had felt pure after they started recording collectively once more.

Ulvaeus mentioned: “I regarded round and I regarded into Agnetha’s eyes and Frida’s eyes and there was the identical form of feeling, the heat and the friendship and the bonds, between us that, as you immediately realise nobody on earth has skilled this type of relationship that we have now as a result of, desirous about it, it is true, no one else has.

“Sadly, folks die they usually do not stay on pleasant phrases for his or her complete lives, however we have now. And I am so extremely joyful for that.”

Regardless of going their separate methods, the band declare they by no means formally broke up.

Ulvaeus mentioned: “We ended, and for artistic causes. We ended as a result of we felt the vitality was operating out within the studio, as a result of we did not have as a lot enjoyable within the studio as we did this time.

“And that is why we mentioned, ‘Let’s go on a break’. And we by no means mentioned, aThis is it. We have break up and we’ll by no means reunite once more’. We by no means mentioned that. We simply mentioned again then that we might go on a break. And this break has now ended. Sounds unusual.”

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