I'd thought I start a new discussion regarding the subject as above. Agnetha was indeed the member who was the most maligned by the press. They fabricated stories about her which were unfounded and outrageously untrue. After her break-up from Bjorn one quoted that she was the instigator behind ABBA splitting up. What a load of rubbish ! ABBA carried on and their songs matured and people began to take them more seriously. Loads and loads of stories about Agnetha were made up and fictitious. She really suffered at the merciless hands of journalists. No wonder she has become a private person and I don't blame her.
I know that Agnetha certainly had a lot of problems with the press in Sweden and even disloyal friends such as Brita Ahmen. Wasn't there also a story about how she'd been pregnant when she survived that coach crash? I must admit I haven't followed all the stories. As a teenager I seem to recall gossip that she'd been dating her psychiatrist?! Maybe the press get fiction and real life mixed up. I gather she even wrote a letter to one of the tabloids to try to get them to leave her alone? I can imagine that just increased their stories about her!
As for the big one.....whatever the truth of it, the fact that she ever got involved with that lunatic will baffle me to the end of my days. Thank God it's all in the past now.
Björn I don't know. I know they tried to make out that he and Liz from Boney M were dating (when in fact I gather they'd only met and got on well and were snapped together).
Frida's life story is the one that is the most stupendous. We knowledgeable fans probably know the true details but no doubt a lot has been fabricated over the years.
I think because ABBA have always been relatively private individuals we are lucky in that we haven't had to 'suffer' them doing a reality show or OK! spreads- perish the though!
I’ve never heard that pregnancy story, josef . I really hope it isn’t true as it would mean she lost the baby because of the crash.
I do remember the coach crash wasn’t particularly reported well in the British press. The paper we had (I think it was the ghastly Daily Express) barely gave it any column space. It was trivialised as “Health Warning on Noel’s Show?” as, days before, Agnetha had fallen off-camera on The Late Late Breakfast Show because of a badly designed studio set. Cut her elbow apparently. And then she has the coach crash, but this newspaper linked the two as though Noel’s show had put a curse on her. I think it was reported she escaped with cuts and bruises from the crash.
She then blew it up into an entire chapter in her 1990s book “As I Am” which gave the impression she was dwelling on past events.
The psychiatrist story... I imagine that came up because of The Name of The Game. In that, I’ve always (alternatively) interpreted the verses as Agnetha talking to a psychiatrist. And there was the story that Björn and Agnetha had marriage guidance sessions for a few years before they separated.
I think if you’re successful and in the public eye, then you’re fair game for the press. It isn’t right but that’s how it was. I don’t think Agnetha or any other ABBA member were treated differently compared to other famous people of their time.
Oh, sorry, I should have clarified, Alan. The pregnancy story was false, as far as I'm aware. Anything to sell newspapers.
That's the trouble with fame. Your privacy goes out of the window, no matter how you try to defend it. I wouldn't want fame for all the tea in China. Even now, Frida has apparently moved from Zermatt and the speculations are already beginning. I suppose it's inevitable.
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Yes, Frida was badly treated during the height of ABBA's popularity which I agree was unfair. However, the press always made up false stories about Agnetha which annoyed me as they were completely untrue. Although, as Josef pointed out why she allowed a stalker into her personal life I cannot comprehend. She finally ditched him but I am sure this left her scarred after discovering that he was completely deranged.
I think Frida was BETTER treated in the United States than she was in Europe and/or Australia, where she was overshadowed by the expectable answer we all knew.
the American press as far as I can remember pointed out Frida was the saving factor of the 1979 ABBA North American tour (which critics described as rather average and under-whelming...) because of her athletic dances.
I never understood the Agnetha v Frida thing. I still don't. As for mean comments, I think so-called fans were the worst, never mind the media! To me, they were BOTH beautiful and talented. They both brought something unique to the group. BennyBjörn weren't exactly lookers but did their looks get the same kind of a scrutiny? No. So there was some kind of sexism going on. "Oh let's talk about Agnetha's bottom and ignore the vocal talent." Ridiculous. And only a fool could fail to see that Frida had, has, a beauty that is visibly plain to see. Besides, it's only skin deep. Thankfully, most sentient beings recognise this.
Yes, the media may have been mean, but it was, still is, many so called ABBA fans that are truly nasty, casting 'shade' over either Agnetha and Frida. Very sneaky little digs, sly put-downs. Shame on those people.
I think Agnetha had the worst when it came to the media they wouldn't leave her alone making up stories about her being a recluse when all she wanted was a quiet life with her family. No wonder she didn't want to talk to them. Then the stories about her and Frida.
Both ladies always supported each other during the ABBA years and on the Sunday night program when Agnetha was interviewed when her CD was released she talked fondly of Frida.