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Bono talks on forgiving his family and his hidden half-brother.

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In an interview with Desert Island Discs, the U2 singer discusses his regrets about his behavior as a teenager and explains his derided “poem” about Ukraine.

Rock icon Bono has shared a highly intimate truth and spoken of forgiving others and finding peace after spending more than 40 years in the spotlight.

The U2 frontman has a half-brother he hasn’t previously mentioned; he was born after his father had an extramarital affair when Bono, his brother Norman, and their mother were still living at home in Dublin.

In an open radio interview before the release of his memoir, Surrender, Bono discusses the revelation and how he ultimately addressed his tense relationship with his late father, postal worker Brendan “Bob” Hewson.

On this morning’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he admits, “I do have another person I love and cherish.” Paul, as Bono, talks of discovering a sister “that I didn’t know I didn’t have… or maybe I did.”

Making meaning of his father’s actions upon the abrupt loss of his mother, Iris, when Bono was 14 years old, thanks to the discovery of a half-brother and a secret romance. In 2001, he lost his father.

My dad was experiencing a lot of hardship. His heart was elsewhere, which caused his head to be elsewhere, says Bono, 62.

“I could tell that my father had a close relationship with this beautiful woman who was a member of the family, and that their pregnancy was kept a secret. None were aware.

Bono questioned his father about their family life after learning the truth. “Does he love my mother? I asked him. ’. He replied, “Yes.”

I therefore questioned him, “How could this happen? It can, he responded, adding that he was attempting to make things right and act morally.

He was simply reporting the facts; he wasn’t offering an apology. With it, I’m at ease.

The discoveries have caused Bono to look back on his adolescence with remorse. “I’m certain I was difficult to deal with.

He was managing other aspects of his life. He had a pretty dry sense of humor.

But things got difficult, Bono confesses. He tells Laverne, “I feel like I wasn’t there for him,” and then goes on to describe a formal apology he eventually gave to his deceased father in a chapel in France.


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