Benny Andersson admits the truth behind ABBA's split ahead of upcoming reunion tour

And teases some great singing in Mamma Mia! 2 from Pierce Brosnan...

Benny Andersson has opened up about why ABBA split.

 

During an interview on ITV's Lorraine today (October 2), the star explained there were several factors that contributed to the band's break-up in 1982.

 

He said: "Things were happening in real life too, not just in [our] working life. [Anni-Frid Lyngstad and I] got divorced, [Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog] got divorced. At first we still worked together though because we knew what we had."

 

When ABBA originally called it a day, the break was only ever supposed to be temporary.

 

However, when Benny and Björn were approached by West End icon Tim Rice in the early '80s to start writing music for theatre productions, the reunion was delayed.

Benny explained: "We were on a break when Tim came along. He gave us these opportunities and afterwards, we were like what's the point in going back [to performing] because we like theatre so much?"

 

 

Now though, 35 years after the band parted ways, ABBA are getting back together and planning a huge virtual reunion tour.

 

"If everything goes to plan, we will be back in digital form at the beginning of 2019," he said. "It is going to be a virtual tour but everything will be live.

 

"It will be as though we are out on the road because the whole set-up is live. It will just be us four singers that are in digital form."

 

Ahead of the tour, Benny will be working on blockbuster sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Lily James and Dominic Cooper.

The star has produced the music for the soundtrack but will not be singing in any of the songs.

 

"I spent all summer recording the music," he added. "I didn't intend to but I just couldn't keep my hands away from it. If I didn't do it, I knew the music wouldn't be the way I wanted it to be.

 

"Lily James sang really well – good singers make the job easier. Pierce Brosnan is good too. Everyone jokes that he's not very good but I think that's just because nobody wants to see James Bond in romantic scenes like that."

 

Although Benny will not be lending his vocals to the movie, he confirmed he will be making a cameo.

 

Mamma Mia! 2 will hit cinemas in summer 2018. Lorraine is on ITV, weekdays at 8.30am.

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