As one of the largest groups in pop music history, ABBA have returned to the charts with their new album ‘Voyage’, which collectively tops the rest of the UK’s top 40.
Their first release in 40 years, the Swedish mega-group regularly topped the global charts from 1974 to 1983, bringing in 48 hit singles.
ABBA’s record sales are estimated at around 400 million and are by far the most successful musical act that has ever performed on mainland Europe.
Their last original album was ‘The Visitors’ 40 years ago. The songwriting duo Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have said that Voyage is their last work and should be the second part of the 1981 album.
For many of ABBA’s active years, the group consisted of two marriages. Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
However, as success rose and public scrutiny intensified, both relationships failed. As a result, the group’s music took a less light, “poppy” direction, more introspective and dark, but retained the same ABBA qualities that helped them top the charts.
40 years after the visitors, who are the ABBA members married to now?
First solo success before joining ABBA, Fältskog was only 15 when she left school to pursue a music career.
In 1968 she met her future husband and had already written many songs Ulvaeus before founding ABBA.
The couple married in 1971 and had two children, Linda Elin Ulvaeus and Peter Christian Ulvaeus in 1973 and 1977, respectively.
After seven years of marriage, the couple divorced but vowed not to let ABBA be swayed. The failure of their marriage inspired Ulvaeus to write the lyrics of “The Winner Takes It All”.
Fältskog married Tomas Sonnenfeld in 1990, but separated three years later.
The now 71-year-old lives with her son, his partner and her daughter on the Stockholm county island of Ekerö. Fältskog’s daughter also lives on the island with her family.
After his divorce from Agnetha Fältskog Björn Ulvaeus had worked as co-composer of the musical Mamma Mia! and co-produced the films Mamma Mia! and Mama Mia! Here we go again.
In 1981 he married the music journalist Lena Källersjö and had two daughters, Emma Eleonora Anna Linnea.
The couple is married to this day and lives on a private island in Djursholm north of Stockholm.
Now Princess Anni-Frid, called Countess Widow von Plauen, Lyngstad has been married three times in her 75 years.
She had two children with her Ragnar Fredriksson, whom she married in 1964 but divorced six years later.
The following year, 1971, Lyngstad was engaged to ABBA songwriter Andersson but did not get married until 1978. The couple’s marriage lasted only 24 months and the couple had no children together.
In 1992 Lyngstad married Prince Heinrich Ruzzo von Reuss, Count of Plauen, and has since been named Princess Reuss and Countess of Plauen.
Unfortunately, Ruzzo died of a lymphoma in 1999, leading Lyngstad to the widow Princess and countess.
The Norwegian born singer currently lives in Zermatt , Switzerland with her English partner Henry Smith, 5th Viscount Hambleden.
Before he married Lyngstad, Andersson was engaged to Christina Grönvall and they had a son and a daughter together.
When the two separated in 1966, Grönvall had sole custody of their children when Andersson toured Sweden with “Hep Stars”.
After he officially divorced Lyngstad in 1981, he married the Swedish TV presenter Mona Nörklit in the same year, had a son with her and has been with Nörklit ever since.