ABBA had four members who were close both on stage and off. The group was made up of two marriages, and sadly when things went sour in the love lives, their stage time was limited. After their split, many super fans were keen to find out what their icons were doing.
What did ABBA do after the split?
Before the official forming of the band, Agnetha Fältskog, one of the singers, married Björn Ulvaeus in 1971, while in 1978, Anni-Frid Lyngstad married Benny Andersson, with whom she had been in a relationship since 1969.
These relationships brought the band together at the start, and lasted pretty much throughout the entirety of the band’s success.
However, things soon turned sour, and the band struggled to continue to create while there were difficulties and splits in their marriages.
ABBA – what have the members done since they split?
Björn once said of the songwriting process during that time: “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, however, was about their divorce, and Agnetha sang the song.
Agnetha talked about it in an interview with You magazine, saying: “Björn wrote it about us after the breakdown of our marriage.
Abba during their career
“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.”
Björn and Agnetha divorced in 1979, while Benny and Frida announced their divorce two years later, in 1981.
Benny and Bjorn in recent years
Each member has gone on to remarry and the two singers have released solo work, while Benny and Bjorn remained together as a songwriting duo.
They have written the musical Mamma Mia and worked on various other projects as songwriters.
Most recently, the band announced it would reunite, but in a very new way.
The couple decided to do an avatar tour, however this sparked some further creativity in them.
Back in April 2018, the group said in a statement: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.
Anni-Frid and Agnetha in recent years
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.
“So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
This was expected to be shown in a TV special, though these projects have continued to be delayed.
In September 2019, Björn Ulvaeus announced five new Abba songs would be released in 2020, and the TV special, to be aired on BBC One and NBC, has also been pushed back to 2020.
So the answer to whether they will reunite is a confusing one, as technically they already have reunited, but we are yet to see the fullness in the TV special.
However, they do have another project which will mean fans get to hear their new music: the Abbatars.
The band reunited even earlier, in 2016, to take on a project called a digital entertainment experience, meaning the members would perform as life-like avatars, known as abbatars.
This means their new music would not necessarily be performed by them, but instead by their avatars in a digital performance.
This announcement came after all four members made a public appearance at the Mamma Mia! The Party event in Stockholm, as well as at a private party in Stockholm where they performed The Way Old Friends Do.
Of course, now things with the coronavirus are taking place, who knows if or when the Abbatars will be let loose on the world.