ABBA members: How old are the members of ABBA now?
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ABBA and its members has been around for a long while. It started out with two couples, who sang and worked together for a long while. The band has not performed together for some time, though a reunion was discussed – so how old are the members now?
The oldest member of the band is Björn Ulvaeus, who is now 75, while his former wife is the youngest in the group, Agnetha Fältskog, who is now 70.
Benny Andersson is 73-years-old while his ex-wife and former bandmate, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, is 74-years-old, meaning all of the band members have come a long way since their early performing days.
Outside of their performing, of course, one of the most exciting aspects of the band was the couples, and their break-ups meant the band could no longer be together.
Before the official forming of the band, Agnetha married Björn in 1971.
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Anni-Frid (or Friday) and Benny began their relationship in 1969, married in 1978, but ultimately their break-up was tougher.
Björn confirmed Frida and Benny’s break-up was a lot harder, and how the songwriting process affected their work.
He said: “I think I wrote ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ before the divorce.
“In many ways, Agnetha and my divorce was an amicable one, we just grew apart and decided let’s split up.
“Benny and Frida’s was a little more difficult. It was not a happy time but still very creative.”
The song The Winner Takes It All was about Björn and Agnetha’s divorce, and was likely very hard for the singer, Agnetha, to sing as it was so close to home.
However, she has said she felt differently about it, telling You magazine: “Björn wrote it about us after the breakdown of our marriage.
“The fact he wrote it exactly when we divorced is touching really. I didn’t mind.
“It was fantastic to do that song because I could put in such feeling.
“I didn’t mind sharing it with the public. It didn’t feel wrong. There is so much in that song.
“It was a mixture of what I felt and what Björn felt but also what Benny and Frida went through.”
Clearly Agnetha also felt the song, which was written by the three songwriters, was a bit of both of their divorces.
The song was released in 1980, a year after Björn and Agnetha divorced in 1979, while Benny and Frida announced their divorce in 1981.
While they likely would have hoped they could have lasted longer as a band despite the band’s break-up, Benny confirmed this was incredibly difficult, saying in 2017: “Things were happening in real life too, not just in [our] working life.
“Frida and I got divorced, [Björn and Agnetha] got divorced.
“At first we still worked together though because we knew what we had.
“We were on a break when Tim [Rice] came along.
“He gave us these opportunities and afterwards, we were like what’s the point in going back [to performing] because we like theatre so much?”
Benny and Björn wrote Chess with Tim Rice providing some lyrical and book-writing assistance, while Agnetha and Frida went on to do solo singing work.
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