ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus splits from wife Lena after 41 years of marriage

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Björn Ulvaeus, of famous group ABBA, will be divorcing his wife after 41 years together.

The former couple confirmed that they are set to divorce later this year but reassured fans that they pair "remain good friends."

Over the course of their marriage – which was officiated in 1981 – the pair welcomed two beautiful daughters together, Emma, 40, and Anna, 36, as well as the Swedish singer's two children from his previous marriage.

The couple announced their separation through a joint statement on Tuesday (22 February) as fans swarmed to share their surprise online.

It read: "After many fine and eventful years, we have decided to divorce.

"We remain close and good friends and will continue to celebrate our grandchildren's birthdays and other family celebrations together."

Abba reunited last year and released their first album in four decades, Voyage, which flew to the top of the charts in the UK.

Björn started dating the journalist just six months after his split with Agnetha Fältskog, who he wed back in 1971 before the band made their first big break.

It is understood that when their marriage ended after nine years of marriage, Agnetha was said to have needed counselling to get over the breakup.

The cracks in their relationship started to show after the group shot to stardom as she struggled to adapt to living life on the road away from her two young children Peter and Linda, while the band toured all over the globe.

But the group managed to find a silver lining following the public split, as their break up inspired some of their most soul-searching lyrics as they continued to record music.

all four members of the group, including former married couple Anna-Frid Lyngstad, 76, and Benny Andersson, 75, are thought to reunite in person for the launch of their digital residency Abba Voyage in London this Spring.

Over the years, the group has repeatedly turned down offers to perform together again but for the first time in 40 years, the group are expected to appear at the purpose built Abba Arena together in May.

The band are widely considered one of the best-selling sets of all time after they sold more than 350million records worldwide.

But all good things must come to an end as they announced their split in 1982 after eight successful years in the music industry.

Last September, the group decided to reunite to write and record a brand new album as Björn explained at the time.

He told their loyal legion of fans: "When the ladies went into the studio and stood by their mics and started singing, then, oh, it's that sound – the quality of the two ladies when they sing.

"They are very much involved and they think this is great. They love it. Technically it is very advanced and complicated."

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