Legendary band ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog is afraid of things, which is normal. Unfortunately, some of those fears became phobias — like the fear of flying, and stage fright. Those fears eventually brought her to a life of semi-reclusion!
Apparently it was in 1979, while the group toured the United States, that the private jet they took from New York to Boston encountered a tornado and had to make an emergency landing. It was this that gave birth to the fear of flying! Here's what she said:
"It stopped me from flying. I try not think of it, as it was terrifying. The pilot failed to land at the first attempt but then we landed at the second try. I already had a fear, but this event was the turning point."
Unfortunately, this became a problem as she wouldn't travel with the rest of the band:
"There have been so many years I did not fly and Björn and Benny and Frida traveled more. There were photos of the three without me and I was called the recluse. I had to have therapy for my fear, it's getting better but it takes a long time. I can fly now for two or three hours but no more."
Wow! We wonder why there's a time limit — does she think that the plane is tempting fate the longer it's in the air or something? Who knows!
For almost a decade she decided to travel by road, taking a private coach to tour. You know what they say about flying being safer than driving? Life had a cruel way of reminding her that: In 1983 her private bus overturned on a highway in Sweden and she was thrown out of the window, but survived.
All of this hasn't beaten her! Not in the slightest!
"I used to suffer from stage fright, which at times was an ordeal. I won't perform live again. I’m going to do some TV shows and videos but nothing else … I don’t like to travel too much or do concerts. I’m more of a studio and home girl.”
We hope her life is fulfilling! We really can't stand here and judge her for being a LITTLE bit of a recluse, because maybe that's just how she enjoys life! If she feels like she's missing out, though… well, we just hope she'll conquer her fears some day!
[Image via WENN.]