• Sweden edition
 
Madeleine speaks out over break up 'heartache'

Madeleine speaks out over break up 'heartache'

Published: 19 Nov 2010 13:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Nov 2010 13:50 GMT+01:00

"What I went through was very private, and that everything was so out there made it a very difficult period in my life," the princess told business daily Dagens Industri in her first interview since the very public break-up in April.

The palace had announced in August 2009 that Madeleine, now 28, was to marry 31-year-old Jonas Bergström, a Stockholm lawyer she had been dating for seven years.

But in a short statement in April, the palace said the couple had "gone separate ways" after intense media coverage of the allegedly troubled relationship, including claims from a Norwegian woman that she had an affair with Bergström.

The princess left Stockholm for New York shortly afterwards.

She now works there with the World Childhood Foundation, a grant-giving organisation set up by her mother in 1999.

"It was nice to leave Sweden just then. I had already earlier wondered about maybe moving to New York, so it followed naturally to move here," she told the paper in an exclusive interview from the US city.

She credited her older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, with helping her through the break-up, including one instance where she stood in for her at an official engagement.

Since leaving for New York, Madeleine has only seldom returned to Sweden, making a public appearance at Victoria's June 19th wedding.

The princess was on Friday in Stockholm for a forum on children's rights, and told the paper she would only return at Christmas, meaning she would be absent at the Nobel Prize gala, an event traditionally attended by the entire royal family.

The Swedish royal family has been in the spotlight this month following the publication of a tell-all biography of the king, which in turn prompted detailed revelations in the press from an alleged former lover.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:41 November 19, 2010 by lux.veritas
I wish you a speedy recovery from your emotional pain.

But, look on the bright side, you're not unemployable, unemployed, starving, you have plenty money, good health, a family, a future, you are not being tortured, invaded, robbed, raped, abused, indoctrinated, blown to bits in a war that profits government and elite interests....and you are able to persue study or career you wish, without concern. You are young and very pretty.

I hope that cheered you up. Now spare a thought, time and perhaps do something genuine for the people of your country or another. Maybe some of my friends photographic art and literary works will help cheer you up. jonsol69.blogspot.com
15:05 November 19, 2010 by Tanskalainen
I will marry her.
15:12 November 19, 2010 by Swedesmith
I am hear to help.
15:26 November 19, 2010 by bchamlagai
7 years of relationship they had and break up?what a funny and humurous things to hear?can't she able to know him during that period?what they used to talk?i am surprised by the fact that why people take so much long time to marry and enjoy the tag so called boyfriend or girlfriend?amazing culture even royal family can't turn their loooonnng relationshin into marriage.all they love is BREAK UP,SPLIT,EX ....,DIVORCE etc
16:49 November 19, 2010 by Rolle
How the hell did Bergström even started to go out with one of the most beautiful girls in the country to begin with?
18:39 November 19, 2010 by Traveler2010
She's hot.
20:03 November 19, 2010 by frey
yeah she is hot, isn't she? i would enjoy coffee and cigarettes with her. does she ski well? does she ride horses well? can she sing? could she explain to the american public the dollar fifty's worth of mathematics the health insurance companies use to drive their hegemony of the industry? or maybe she would just enjoy a little nora jones. what is her favorite color? (so little info on the net)
20:03 November 19, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
pfff...I can find you better looking girls in sthm...
20:37 November 19, 2010 by wxman
They are both hot, but if I had to choose, I'd take this one...
21:20 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
03:07 November 20, 2010 by kingdavid
I have a feeling everything is going to be great for Princess Madeleine, she can live in peace and relative quiet in the U.S. if that is what she wants. She looks like an angel.
04:04 November 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
Not a huge fan of the royals...but, in their defense, it must be tough living your life out in a fishbowl.
05:02 November 20, 2010 by waffen
Bless you Princess Madeleine.

Always remember who you are and from what good stock you come. Your life will come around in time, just stay busy but also get out on the ski slopes as soon as possible.

That is the best therapy in the world.
08:36 November 20, 2010 by helveeta
Poor thing, I hope she finds true love!
09:15 November 20, 2010 by GLO
Well, I have a horse ranch in NC, need good helper. She looks pretty good to me, sure I can help her. We have one of the best beaches in the USA.
10:36 November 20, 2010 by Argentina84
Isn't it strange that she decides to talk about her past break-up when the media is chasing her father? Or maybe just a coincidence! ;)
15:57 November 20, 2010 by kingdavid
Calmate Argentina 1984 dejala tranquila a esta seniorita! Es muy linda y parece buena mujer que no le da mucha bola a la prensa...eso sirve. Yo creo que ella es lo maximo. Vistes el gol de Messi contra Brasil? Dale Argentina siempre-El Pibe de platino, Sebastian "Iaian" De Toffoli.
18:11 November 20, 2010 by whatnowki
Why are you in New York? Dude!!! Come to San Francisco!! it's so much better.....
19:28 November 20, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
come to sweden and we'll fix her an immigrant boy friend...haha.
20:13 November 20, 2010 by Bumblebeetuna
She's hot and Single. Give me a call. i'll make you feel better.
21:06 November 20, 2010 by spo10
sigh...royals...and their royal pains...tsk
22:18 November 20, 2010 by Nilspet
Fact: Princess Madeleine is definitely one of the most beautiful women there are in Sweden.
22:38 November 20, 2010 by GLO
Looks like shes pretty popular with the guys, myself included. Good Luck Girl.....
23:39 November 20, 2010 by Rishonim
Madeleine looks like a Mole Rat. Those of you who think she is hot need to get off the juice
00:19 November 21, 2010 by sgt_doom
Say has this svenskhead, Princess Madeleine, ever accused Julian Assange of anything yet?

I fully expect to read about such an accusation shortly......
09:32 November 21, 2010 by kingdavid
People are criticizing her because she might be talking about her breakup to take attention from her father's problems. What is wrong with that? She loves her family and she is doing what she can to protect him. That is called family, dig it. At the same time she is trying to help kids all over the world and you people rag on her. Shame on you. Je vous aime Maddy Josephine!!!
11:33 November 22, 2010 by grantike
Madeleine speaks out over break up 'heartache'

that is the title where is the details ??????
Today's headlines
Science
Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

Researchers from Sweden have been speaking about a rare discovery of mammal fossils in the Antarctic. READ  

Ukraine conflict
Sweden Democrats reject EU-Ukraine pact
The Sweden Democrats have two MEPs, seen here with the party's leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrats reject EU-Ukraine pact

BREAKING: The European Parliament has backed an 'historic' agreement to allow closer trade between the EU and Ukraine, but the nationalist Sweden Democrats were among those trying to block the deal on Tuesday. READ  

Elections 2014
Löfven to get no help from Sweden's Liberals
Liberal party leader Jan Björklund. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Löfven to get no help from Sweden's Liberals

UPDATED: Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund says he has no plans to join a government with the election-winning Social Democrats, as Sweden's political future remains uncertain. READ  

Analysis
'Evolution' for Sweden's crowd-funding scene
Photo: Victor1558/Flickr

'Evolution' for Sweden's crowd-funding scene

The Local checks out crowd-funding in Sweden as US giant Kickstarter announces plans to launch in Scandinavia. READ  

Opinion
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Brit Kester Gibson (left) thinks Scotland should split from the UK but Swede Mimi Coglianos disagrees. Photos: private

Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?

Scotland votes on whether to become independent this week and the Scottish National Party has suggested closer ties with Scandinavia if the 'yes' camp wins. The Local asked two readers if they agreed with Scotland splitting from the UK. READ  

Sport
Malmö gear up for Champions League
Sweden's biggest club Malmö face Juventus on Tuesday. Photo:TT

Malmö gear up for Champions League

Malmö are the first Swedish club in the Champion's League for more than a decade but they face a tough debut fixture against Italian champions Juventus in their Group A opener. READ  

Sweden earthquake 'was strongest in 100 years'
The town of Mora, near where the earthquake hit. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden earthquake 'was strongest in 100 years'

An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook parts of central Sweden on Monday and experts have revealed it was the strongest in a century. READ  

Elections 2014
Löfven rules out making government with the Left
Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Photo: TT

Löfven rules out making government with the Left

Election winner Stefan Löfven announced on Monday that he would not form a government with the Left Party, a move that party's leader called a "huge mistake". READ  

Elections 2014
Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven
Stefan Löfven: a man with a lot on his plate. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven has started talks to form a new government, but the former welder faces huge challenges in bringing together an administration that will work. The Local explains why. READ  

Business
Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

UPDATED: Microsoft announced on Monday that it was buying Swedish company Mojang, which was behind the hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion (17.9 billion kronor). READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Blog updates

15 September

Liten, litet, små & lilla (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej igen! Have you ever been confused about when to use “liten”, “litet”, “små” and “lilla”? Today I’m going to sort out how use the adjective “liten” (small) and the different forms of it. Liten or litet? “Liten” is the form we will use when referring to a noun with the gender “en”. For example: Min pappa har en..." READ »

 

12 September

EU sanctions: necessary, effective and timely (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Regular readers of this blog know I’ve written about the Russia-Ukraine crisis here. Today I’ve chosen to share an article by the UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington, with my readers: This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
National
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Politics
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

857
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN