Bono has been candid about his relationship with his wife Ali Hewson, 40, and how “special” their bond is.
The 62-year-old singer made a rare comment about his marriage New Yorker Festival on Friday to discuss his upcoming book, Surrender: 40 songs, one story. During an interview with journalist David Remnick, as reported by personsa newlywed viewer asked Bono how he kept his marriage going for so long.
In response, the U2 frontman explained that there is “madness” behind getting married, before describing how important his friendship with his wife is.
“It has something to do with knowing you’re going against the odds. But I would say if you seriously ask me, friendship can sometimes trump romantic love,” he said. “And friendship is what me and Ali have. When you have romantic love and friendship, that’s really special.”
Bono and Hewson tied the knot in 1982 and share four children: Jordan, 33, Eve, 31, Elijah, 23, and John, 21.
At Friday’s festival, Bono also recalled how he had just celebrated his anniversary, noting how “powerful” the number 40 was for him and his wife.
“Any time one of us got lost, the other was … there to bring the other home. And I’m so grateful,” said the singer.
“And 40 years is a strong number for me. That’s a strong number for Ali. And it was brilliant when we turned 40 and were like, ‘Let’s not screw this up’.”
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This wasn’t the first time Bono had opened up about his longtime marriage. during an interview The Ellen DeGeneres Show In December 2021, just before his 40th anniversary, he said he kept discovering new things about his wife.
“She’s hard to spot… She’s a mysterious figure,” he explained. “There is still a lot to learn about her. And we learn more and more about each other. Most is good.”
During his conversation with Remnick, he also spoke candidly about his career, acknowledging that the decision by him and his U2 bandmates to split their finances evenly was “the best thing ever.”
“And these songs were made what they are by Edge, Adam and Larry. And I think Edge feels the same way,” Bono said. “Our manager used to say to us, ‘You know, it’s not the musical differences that break most bands. It’s the moolah.’ He said, ‘Do it right’.”
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