Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreassen
Hanne and “Bettan”: – Our fate is woven into each other’s lives with very strong ties
In 1984, Elisabeth “Bettan” Andreassen and Hanne Krogh became the duo Bobbysocks. Since then, they have had an unbreakable bond between them.
Almost 40 years ago, in 1984, the unforgettable singing duo Bobbysocks was established. Already the following year, Elisabeth “Bettan” Andreassen (65) and Hanne Krogh (67) ensured Norway’s very first victory in the Eurovision final with the song “La det swinge”.
The Bobbysocks collaboration not only made Hanne and Bettan world famous, but also established a strong and lifelong relationship between the two.
– We are like sisters in life, we really are, says Hanne and smiles warmly at her friend.
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The duo Bobbysocks
Her and Now meet the charming duo in connection with the Rainbow Gala at Chateau Neuf in Oslo. During the gala, the small and large everyday heroes of the queer fight were duly honoured.
Hanne and Bettan have had success on their separate sides, but the strong bond between them, and the knowledge that they are always there for each other, has been an invaluable security to have with them on the road.
– Our fate is woven into each other’s lives with very strong ties. It feels safe and good, says Hanne.
– It feels very reassuring to have Hanne in my life, Bettan adds.
The duo still enjoys the times they perform together. This evening, to great cheers from the audience, they performed the legendary song, “Let it Swing”.
– We have a wonderful time together. It’s just as much fun every time we go out on stage, or do something together, says “Bettan” enthusiastically. Hanne nods.
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The Rainbow Gala
The artists did not hesitate when they were asked to perform at the gala, because for as long as they can remember they have supported the queer fight. They are often referred to as gay icons. For the Bobbysocks girls, inclusion and acceptance have always been a matter of course.
– It is important for us to be visible in this matter. It is important for us to talk about it, to be open and inclusive. I feel like I include everyone all the time. I stand up for love. Love has no boundaries. You have to love the one you love.
– All people are equally valuable, regardless of their orientation. It means a lot to us to take part in events like this. And not least, to stand up for people who feel left out, Bettan passionately points out.
Standing on stage in front of an audience like the one at the Rainbow Gala is like being drenched in love, say Hanne and Bettan. An event where freedom, tolerance and acceptance are at the center warms the heart of the enthusiastic duo.
– Those who choose a different path than the majority – people who dare to live by their feelings, that is always admirable. We humans don’t always dare to feel what we really feel. We find it easy to do what we think is expected of us.
– I love people who live quite honestly against what they know deep down, Hanne concludes with a hearty smile.
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