Inside secret Roxette feud as Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61

Swedish pop star Marie Fredriksson has died at the age of 61 after a lengthy battle with a brain tumour.

She was best known as one half of pop rock due Roxette, who released a number of hit songs including It Must Have Been Love and Listen To Your Heart.

However, back in 1994, a secret feud rocked the duo, when Marie – born Gun-Marie – snubbed her bandmate Per Gessle from her wedding.

The singer chose not to invite Per Gessle and his wife Åsa to her wedding to Mikael "Micke" Bolyos in May 1994, as it was only attended by immediate family members.

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But it created a lot of speculation that the band was splitting up, as Per and his wife were upset by the decision.

Writing in her autobiography The Love of Life, Marie said: "Some of our friends felt locked out and disappointed. Today I understand that, for example, Per and Åsa were hurt.

"But then I did not see it that way. My only concern was that I wanted the wedding to be private It was what felt important then."

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Of course, Roxette did not split up and, following the apparent snub, went on to release a number of albums including Have a Nice Day in 1999 and, most recently, Good Karma in 2016.

Marie met her husband Micke during the Australian leg of Roxette's Join the Joyride! tour, as he was a keyboardist.

Speaking of their romance, she once said: "If [we] hadn't met, I don't know if I would have been able to continue in Roxette much longer.

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"I couldn't handle the personal side of life on tour. I was hanging out in bars, drinking too much. I was sad a lot of the time and had a hard time with the press, when I always had to be nice and say the right things, always having to be available to everybody, always putting on a smile and being happy.

"Marie Fredriksson the performer had grown in stature, at the expense of Marie the private person. I had less and less space to be myself. And when I was myself I felt uncertain, small and lost."

The couple had two children – a daughter named Inez Josefin and a son called Oscar.

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