Reports swirled this week that Ace of Base front man Ulf Ekberg used to be in a pro-Nazi band in the 1980s, but the Swedish musician insists the rumor is not true.
Earlier this week, music site Noisey.com reported on Ekberg's alleged Nazi ties
, claiming he once fronted a band called Commit Suicide, and sang songs with "explicit racist lyrics," including "White Power," "Black skull Slaughter," and "Don't Touch Our Country."
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But Ekberg, who has since founded strategic marketing company Result, whose clients include McDonald's, Linkedin, Google, and IBM, says the songs attributed to Commit Suicide were never written or performed by the band.
"I have seen this demo of six songs that began floating around in 1996 claiming that Commit Suicide had written those songs. I did have a synth band called Commit Suicide between 1984-1986 with two gentlemen called Jens Andersson and Jens Svensson, and two of the songs on this demo where written and performed by us," Ekberg told E! News. "The problem is that the other four songs [are] skinhead music with very racist lyrics. These songs have absolutely nothing to do with Commit Suicide. We did not write or perform those songs that were attributed to us."
Ekberg does admit to having shared far-right, extremist views as a teenager, but says those opinions were based on "poor judgment and ignorance."
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"I'm truly deeply sorry for any hurt and disappointment this has caused for our fans, and I really hope that we clearly have stated that Ace of Base never shared any of these opinions and strongly oppose all extremist opinions on both the right and left wing," Ekberg told E! News. "My past is my own, and only I can own up to it."
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