Whether you’re a fan of the Swedish pop group or their amazing songs, featured in the musical “Mama Mia,” have you ever wondered- what does ABBA look like now? Rising to fame in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, ABBA remains one of the most successful music groups ever, falling behind only the Beatles for the title of best-selling music artists of all time.
Having sold over 500 million records, the band was composed of Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, who combined the initials of their first names to form their name. Here you’ll find photos of what ABBA looks like now as well as get updated info on what each of the old band mates have been up too.
During their peak, the group were more than just bandmates, as Agnetha was married to Bjorn and Benny was likewise married to Frida. As the two marriages unfortunately dissolved however in 1979 and 1981 after which the group’s style changed from upbeat to a bit more brooding. Regardless, the band kept producing great music until their ultimate break-up in 1982.
Here you’ll be able to check in and see what the various members have been up to since and of course get a peek at what ABBA looks like now.
Anna Frid “Frida” Lyngstad
After ABBA went their separate ways in 1982, Frida launched an international solo career during which, she enjoyed successful international hits between 1982-84 with her albums “Something’s Going On” and “Shine.” She wouldn’t release her next album “Deep Breaths” however, until 1996, after which she retired from music to focus on charity work and campaigning for environmental causes.
As far as her personal life, Frida went on to marry a German prince named Heinrich Ruzzo Prince Reuss of Plauen, who unfortunately passed away in 1999 after suffering from lymphoma. During a 2005 interview, Frida admitted that she missed her days with ABBA but expressed no interest in coming back to the world of music.
Former ABBA keyboards player Benny Andersson went on making music after the band parted ties and has been involved with a variety of projects, some of which capitalize on his interest in Swedish folk music. Much of his work has revolved around his own group, Benny Anderssons Orkester (or Benny Anderssons Orchestra in English), which released its last album in 2016.
The proud father of a son who has since followed in his dad’s footsteps by forming his own band, and grandfather of five, Benny is also the proud recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Stockholm. After struggling with alcoholism, Benny went on to triumph over the disease and has been sober since 2001.
After ABBA disbanded, Bjorn went on to be the co-composer of musicals such as Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and Mamma Mia!. He and Benny remained in touch after the band’s break up and the pair co-produced the film version of Mamma Mia! Benny and Bjorn have also collaborated on other musical projects, such as “One Night in Bangkok,” which would become the 69th most popular song of the 1980’s.
In 1981, Bjorn married music journalist Lena Källersjö with whom he would go on to have two daughters. From 1984 to 1990, the couple lived in the UK, where Bjorn and his brother founded an IT business, before moving to Stockholm. He is among the four owners of NoteHeads, a company Igor Engraver, a music notation program publisher.
In 2008, he revealed that he suffered from memory loss, though he would later comment in 2009 that reports of exactly how severe the condition was were largely exaggerated by the media. He’s also a huge supporter of an interest cause in which he campaigns for a cash-free world, in preference of electronic payment methods. The source of his interest in such a philosophy was prompted by the robbery of his son and his claims that almost all black market activity depends upon the existence of cash.
From 1982-89, Agnetha would go on to record four Post-ABBA solo albums before taking a 17 year hiatus from the music industry. Since then she has become one of the bands most mysterious members, shunning the limelight and living a largely private life in Ekero, west of Stockholm. Some suggested that her absence from the public scene was largely due to a traumatic plan flight in 1979 during which the jet she was traveling on was forced to make an emergency landing after flying into a tornado.
After the incident she understandably became a huge fan of traveling on exclusively on the ground and did no international promotion for her 2004 album “My Colouring Book.” Things also got rocky for the girl with the golden hair around 2000, when it was revealed that she had begun a relationship with an obsessed fan who turned into a stalker when she attempted to break off the relationship.
After releasing another album called “A” however in 2013, she began to tentatively come back into the spotlight and revealed in a number of interviews that her mystery life was not nearly as tragic or even mysterious as many people may have assumed. "I have been described as very mysterious, but I'm not," she said in a recent interview. "I think I'm just very grounded. My life contains so many other things; I have my children, my grandchildren, my two dogs, and a big place in the country. I have my own life."
Though the band consistently turned down offers to perform together for decades, they thrilled fans when they came together and did an impromptu sing-along at a private celebration of the 50-year partnership between Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. This was the first time the band had performed together in 30 years.
They also recently announced that they will be reunited to collaborate with Simon Fuller on a mysterious virtual reality project rumored to be surfacing sometime in 2018, though the details of what exactly it entails have yet to be revealed.
Though they may have since parted ways, the music agrees that ABBA's many contributions to the world of music will live on forever.
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