This article was published in Swedish tabloid Expressen on 14 February 2005.
FROM THE REUNION
This was the night when ABBA was supposed to reunite for the first time in many years. But when the curtain went up for "Mamma Mia!" Agnetha sat alone, Frida sat alone and Björn & Benny sat together. And afterwards Agnetha fled surrounded by guards.
– Oh, Agnetha was here? Well good for her, it must be the first time [she's seen the musical], says her ex-husband Björn Ulvaeus to Expressen.
ABBA ended 23 years ago and the four members Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have not shown themselves together for 19 years. The last time all four were together was at Görel Hanser's 50th birthday in 1999. Last night the musical "Mamma Mia!" opened at Cirkus in Stockholm. Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were invited. As Expressen revealed last week Agnetha had accepted and was coming even though she was hesitant to go out in public.
SELDOM OUT ON HER OWN
Agnetha Fältskog, 54, lives alone in her house on Ekerö outside of Stockholm and seldom goes out alone without a body guard. One reason is Gert van der Graaf, a 39 year old Dutch man who had a relationship with Agnetha in the late nineties. He is obsessed with Agnetha, he bought a house next to hers, he has been peeping through her windows and he has written numerous letters to her. He has been punished for violating the restraining order.
AGNETHA CAME - BUT THERE WAS NO REAL REUNION
She arrived with her bodyguard David Maloney and she really made an effort to look relaxed and happy as she walked down the red carpet. But immediately inside she hid in a room next to the stage and did not take her seat until the lights were out. During the show she had three bodyguards around her so noone could get close to her.
Agnetha Fältskog was seated to the right in the theatre, about 50 metres from Anni-Frid, who was seated to the left, while Björn and Benny sat at the back. Agnetha was dressed in a black sequined dress, she was seen singing along in songs like "Waterloo" and "Mamma Mia".
SCARED OF THE CAMERA
Immediately after the show Agnetha displayed her famous shyness. A man in the audience pointed his mobile phone/digital camera at her to take a picture and she immediately lifted her hands to protect her face. As the curtain was coming down she quickly escaped, protected by her bodyguards, to a waiting limousine. Björn Ulvaeus didn't get a chance to talk to her. Benny Andersson said [on the red carpet]:
- I don't know if the girls will be here. I don't keep track of them, I haven't kept track of them for many years. I haven't seen Agnetha in a long time, but I see Frida every now and then.
by Tommy Schönsted