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- Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad
- Red Hair
Anni-Frid was born out of wedlock in Bjørkåsen, Norway, as a result of a liaison between 19-year-old Synni Lyngstad (June 19, 1926 - September 28, 1947), and a married German sergeant, Alfred Haase (born 1919), at the very end of the Second World War and the German occupation of Norway.
On April 3, 1963, aged 17, Lyngstad married salesman and fellow musician Ragnar Fredriksson. They had two children: Hans Ragnar (born January 26, 1963) and Ann Lise-Lotte (February 25, 1967 - January 13, 1998). They separated shortly after their daughter's birth and were officially divorced on May 19, 1970.
In May 1969, Lyngstad met Benny Andersson, and the couple were quickly engaged. By 1971 they were living together, but did not marry until October 6, 1978, during the height of ABBA's success. However, after only three years of marriage, they separated in February 1981 and were divorced in November of the same year.
In 1982, Lyngstad left Sweden and moved to London. During 1984 while recording her Shine album in Paris, it was widely believed that Lyngstad had many boyfriends, probably on the rebound of the failed relationship with Andersson. This was an unsettled period for the star. She then relocated to Switzerland in 1986 where she has been living ever since.
On August 26, 1992, Lyngstad married Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss, Count of Plauen (May 24, 1950 – October 29, 1999). By this marriage, she has two stepdaughters, Princess Henriette and Princess Pauline. The prince died of lymphoma in 1999; a year earlier, on January 13, 1998, Lyngstad's daughter, Lise-Lotte Casper (born Fredriksson), died of injuries sustained in a car accident in Livonia, New York in the United States. Through Lyngstad's marriage to Prince Heinrich Ruzzo, who was a student at the same boarding school as the reigning King of Sweden, she became acquainted with the Swedish royal family and eventually became close friends with Sweden's Queen Silvia.