Oxlade-Chamberlain: my secret love of Abba

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s biggest secret is out – he was a massive fan of Abba and ancient boyband The Osmonds.

In an exclusive interview with Dressing Room DJ, the Arsenal winger revealed he inherited his mum Wendy’s love of cheesy ‘70s pop.

Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “My mum used to love Abba and The Osmonds when she was younger.”

It’s hard to imagine the Emirates favourite grooving to mushy Osmonds hits like Love Me For A Reason, which was later covered by Boyzone.

But he admitted: “Mum used to bring out Osmonds CDs every now and again. I listened to them too, but obviously when I was older I had to push them under the rug. I left them alone – it was the same with Abba as well.”

Thankfully, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad – former England international striker Mark Chamberlain – had slightly hipper taste in music. He was into reggae stars Bob Marley and Beres Hammond. Mark, who won eight England caps during his career with Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth, even let a young Ox listen to hardcore rappers The Game and 50 Cent.

The Gunners wonder said: “Mum would go mad from all the swearing, so dad saved the CDs for father and son time in the car.”

See our full video exclusive with The Ox above, where he reveals the tunes both his parents love – and his dad’s hilarious reaction when Chambo Junior swore along to 50 Cent bangers.