ABBA’s Björn and wife of 41 years separate

Feb 27, 2022
Björn was previously married to fellow ABBA band member Agnetha Fältskog. Source: Getty

‘SOS!’ ABBA singer Björn Ulvaeus, 75, and wife Lena, 73, have announced their split in a statement provided to Huffington Post, after 41 years of marriage.

In the couple’s joint statement to Huffington Post, Björn and Lena revealed that they remain close friends despite their relationship sadly ‘slipping through their fingers’.

 

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“After many wonderful and eventful years, we have decided to go our separate ways,” they wrote, ‘super trouper-ing’ on despite their unfortunate split.

“We remain close friends and will continue to celebrate our grandchildren’s birthdays and other family holidays together.”

The couple share two daughters together, Emma, 40, and Anna, 35, with Björn also sharing a son, Peter, 44 and daughter Linda, 48, with his previous wife, fellow ABBA band member Agnetha Fältskog.

The ABBA duo were together for eight years between 1971 and 1979 before splitting. Björn then ‘took a chance’ and married Lena Källersjö in 1981 after meeting her at a New Year’s party hosted by his bandmates Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who were also a couple at the time.

Shortly after Bjorn’s marriage to Lena, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with their song Waterloo. This marked the beginning of the band’s success, with ABBA going on to achieve global fame with a number of smash-hit songs including Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Honey Honey and Mamma Mia.

 

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Their wide-scale success only grew with the release of the musical film Mamma Mia! featuring a romantic-drama plot based around a number of ABBA’s hit songs.

The hit band split up in 1982 stating “creative reasons” as the issue. By this time, both original couples had divorced and ABBA had lost the creative spark it once had in spades.

In an interview with Apple Musix 1, Björn elaborated on the true reason behind the band’s split.

“We ended, and for creative reasons. We ended because we felt the energy was running out in the studio, because we didn’t have as much fun in the studio as we did this time.

“And that’s why we said, ‘Let’s go on a break’. And we never said, this. ‘We’ve split and we’ll never reunite again’. We never said that. We just said back then that we’d go on a break.”

The hit band iconically reunited just last year when they announced the release of their new album which debuted in November, 2021, with many fans enthusiastically ‘thanking them for the music’.

In the end, fans were left to wonder whether the original split was all in ‘the name of the game’ after making their unexpected comeback with another iconic series of hit songs and melodies.

 

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