I Was Terrified of My Fans Says Abba Recluse; SWEDISH STAR DID NOT SING FOR 13 YEARS AFTER BAND'S BREAK-UP

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I Was Terrified of My Fans Says Abba Recluse; SWEDISH STAR DID NOT SING FOR 13 YEARS AFTER BAND'S BREAK-UP


Byline: ALLAN HALL

RECLUSIVE Abba star Agnetha Fltskog today told how terrifying visions of being crushed by marauding fans made her quit music.

The 55-year-old, who now hides away on one of Sweden's most remote islands, told how she did not listen to music for 13 years after the band broke up.

She said: "I had visions that the fans would get to me and never let me free, or that I was crushed by them. I was frightened of them.

People sometimes clawed brutally at us, and we were howling in fright when we were bundled into the safety of waiting cars."

Fltskog also blamed the band's non-stop touring for her having almost lost her children.

"I found myself feeling guilty about the kind of mother I was. I feel that I was not a good one.

"I found it more and more difficult to be on tour with Abba for weeks on end and to be away from my house and my children."

She added: "After the band broke up I didn't sing a note for 13 years. I didn't even have a stereo in the house. We had lived so unbelievably long and intensively with Abba that we couldn't bear to hear any more music."

She is speaking in a new book, Abba: The Complete History, published in Germany this month, and features in a Channel 4 documentary Abba - Behind the Blonde, next Tuesday. …

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