Lena Kallersjö developed herself as a music journalist. However, it is through her 42 years old marriage to Swedish singer Björn Ulvaeus that she became famous. Her husband marks his name as an acclaimed musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and founding member of the Swedish pop group, ABBA which consists of his ex-wife Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, and Anni Frid Lyngstad.
Her husband is responsible for songs such as She’s My Kind of Girl (1970) as a solo artist and Ring Ring (1973), People Need Love (1972), and Dancing Queen (1976) with ABBA. With all of these being said, here is every detail to know about Lena.
10 Facts About Lena Kallersjö You Probably Never Came Across
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1. Her life before fame
Prior to the time that she became famous, Lena Kallersjö who is also famous as Lena Ulvaeus has lived away from the public’s eye. Her becoming famous has not been able to drag her early life to the spotlight thereby making her age, parents, siblings, and education remain a mystery. However, there are suggestions that she may be 74 old.
Nonetheless, her husband was born Björn Kristian Ulvaeus on April 25, 1945, in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is currently 78 years old. His parents are Aina Eliza Viktoria (mother) and Erik Gunnar Ulvaeus (father) while his sister is Eva Margareta. At the age of 6 in 1951, Ulvaeus relocated to Vastervik, Kalmar County.
Although the talent of music may have opened itself in the life of Ulvaeus, it didn’t stop him from starting to chase a different dream that surround law. It is as such that he had undergone military service before heading to Lund University where he studied law.
2. She met her husband a week after he divorced his ex-wife and bandmate, Agneta Fältskog
In 1968, long before Lena became married to Björn Ulvaeus, he met Agneta Fältskog for the first time when she was 18 years old. Fate brought them together in 1969 and by 1972, they had started a pop music group called ABBA alongside Benny Anderson who was already Ulvaeus’ partner in songwriting, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
It wasn’t only music that connected them but also an affair that led to marriage in 1971. However, they lasted 8 years before divorcing in 1980 after they had split in 1979.
According to reports, Lena met Björn on New Year’s Eve at a party only a week after his divorce. They became married in 1981.
3. Her husband’s divorce led to his first wife receiving a therapy
In 1979 when Ulvaeus split from his first wife, Fältskog, the latter met challenges that led to her receiving therapy. However, she was able to come out of it and later married Tomas Sonnenfeld in 1990. Like the first, the second marriage also ended in divorce in 1993 after 3 years.
Marriage failure is not the only thing the singer has lost. In 1994, she lost her mother to suicide and a little afterward, he lost her father to death.
4. The husband of Lena Kallersjö is not the only member of ABBA that married a band member
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The ABBA pop band consists of 4 members – 2 males, and 2 females. What they have in common is not only career but they also married among themselves. For the husband of Lena, he married Agneta while Benny Andersson was married to another bandmate Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
As in the case of Ulvaeus and Fältskog, the marriage of Anni-Frid and Andersson also ended in divorce in 1981 after about 3 years.
5. She is a mother of 2 while her husband has 4 children
Lena and her award-winning singer-husband welcomed their first child together on January 3, 1982. They named her Emma Eleonora Ulvaeus after his maternal grandmother, Eleonora Constantina Nilsson.
Their 37 years old second daughter, Anna Linnea Ulvaeus was born on April 29, 1986.
Prior to the birth of her daughters, Björn Ulvaeus had 2 other children with his first wife. His first daughter, Linda Ulvaeus is 50 years old and was born on February 23, 1973. She has a thriving career as a singer and actress.
His second child with his first wife and the only son of the singer on the other hand is Peter Christian Ulvaeus. He was born on December 4, 1977, and is 45 years old.
6. She is reportedly diagnosed with leukemia
While their marriage may still be sailing in the right boat, not the same tale can be said of the health of Lena Kallersjö. The celebrity-wife and her husband have come out with the information that she is suffering from an incurable form of leukemia known as chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It has also been noted that she may have only a few years to live.
The sickness is nevertheless not the only one their family has had to deal with in the course of their marriage. Her spouse of 42 years was also diagnosed with what the media termed as severe long-term memory loss but Björn Ulvaeus called it an exaggeration and added that the ailment is related to episodic memory.
7. Her husband was accused of failing to pay $12.8 million in back taxes
Björn Ulvaeus had an encounter with the law for not paying tax that amount to 90 million Kronor which is an equivalent of $12.8 million in back taxes. The accusation which was issued by the Swedish Tax Agency was however ruled in court in favor of the ABBA singer.
8. Lena Kallersjö may be an atheist
Although there is no detail about the religious beliefs of Lena Kallersjö her husband has been outright about his being an atheist.
Away from their religious beliefs, Björn Ulvaeus is a humanitarian and is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Swedish member organization Humanisterna.
9. Net worth of Lena Kallersjö
The former music journalist has earned from her journalism career an undisclosed amount. This would lead to the unavailability of her net worth. Regardless, she is married to a man who has garnered an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Björn Ulvaeus has amassed his wealth solely from his career as a singer who has won different awards. Some of them include the American Guild of Variety Artists Entertainer of The Year Awards for Vocal Group of The Year (1981) and The Special International Ivor Novello Award from the InternationalBritish Academy of Songwriters.
In addition, the singer is also a businessman who has exposed himself to different business ventures that include real estate, IT business, and one of 4 people to own NoteHeads, a Swedish company that published the music notation program Igo Engraver.
10. Where is she now?
Lena continues to live her life of privacy as a celebrity wife. She purportedly lives with her family on a private Island in Djursholm in Stockholm.
Although it is not known if her children are married or have their own children, her husband is currently a grandfather to more than 3 grandchildren from his children from his first marriage.