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Inside ABBA's romances: Who was married to who and who had children?

Ashley Bautista May 22, 2022
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Iconic Swedish pop band ABBA were formed in 1972 by Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid, with the first letters of their Christian names forming the acronym of the band’s name. During their success and time spent together, romances between the members flourished. So, out of ABBA, who was married and had children?

Agnetha Fältskog married Björn Ulvaeus, while Benny Andersson wed Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Once the band reached the peak of its success in the late Seventies, however, both couples ended up divorcing one year apart.

In 1974, the group entered Melodifestivalen with the song Waterloo, which led them to participate in Eurovision. ABBA claimed the Eurovision crown in Brighton with Waterloo, becoming the first Swedish act to win the contest.

Despite Agnetha and Björn’s divorce in the late 1970s, the couple continued to perform and write songs until the band split in 1982. However, after more than four decades, the group is about to begin its long-awaited reunion.

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Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus

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Agnetha and Björn were already in their first year of marriage before debuting in ABBA. The couple had two kids, Linda Elin Ulvaeus and Peter Christian Ulvaeus. However, the couple ended up parting ways in 1980.

It didn’t take long enough for Björn to find another partner, marrying Lena Källersjö a year later. The couple reportedly split in 2022 and share two daughters, Emma and Anna.

Smooth Radio reports that ten years after Agnetha and Björn’s divorce the vocalist married Tomas Sonnenfeld. But the couple divorced three years after tying the knot, in 1993. Fans only found out about her second marriage after she filed for divorce.

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Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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Anni had already been married to Ragnar Fredriksson from 1964 to 1970 and had two children, Ann Lise-Lotte Fredriksson and Hans Ragnar Fredriksson.

Benny and Anni-Frid ended up marrying in 1978. The pair had been living together since 1971 but didn’t tie the knot for several years. However, they then split up three years later and divorced in 1981.

Benny married Mona Nörklit in the same year of his divorce, while Anna married for the third time, to Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss of Plauen in 1992. Heinrich sadly passed away in 1999.

Since 2007, Anni has been in a relationship with British peer Henry Smith, 5th Viscount Hambleden, and is living in Switzerland.

As per MTI Shows reports, Benny has three children – Ludvig Andersson, whom he shares with Mona, Peter Grönvall, and Helene Odedal from a previous relationship with Christina Grönvall.

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Are the members of ABBA still on good terms?

Despite their divorces and ABBA’s abrupt split in 1982, the members maintain a good relationship. In 2018, 40 years later, the quartet were considering making a comeback.

ABBA made their comeback on 5 November 2021, with the song Voyage. The group will now begin their ABBA Voyage tour on 27 May 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, as reported by Time Out.

Don’t want to miss the tour? You might still be able to get tickets here.

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.