Abba star Agnetha Faltskog has dismissed longrunning rumours she lives the life of a hermit, insisting: "I'm not a recluse."

The Swedish superstar pursued a solo career after the Waterloo hitmakers unofficially split in 1982, but she gradually retreated from the public eye - and her determination to avoid the trappings of fame led to fevered speculation about her lifestyle.

She was rumoured to have set up home on a remote Swedish island where she would spend her days talking to her horses, but the pop singer has now spoken out to insist she is not an oddball.

Faltskog tells British magazine You, "The press has always written that I am a recluse and a mystery woman, but I am more down-to-earth than they think. I live on a farm and there is a little bridge to get to Stockholm. I live a normal life there with my (dogs)... I chat to other dog walkers, I go shopping and out to restaurants with friends.

"I don't mind signing autographs as long as there's not a queue forming... Maybe I was a recluse for some years (at the time). I was so tired once Abba was over and just wanted to be calm and with my children."