Bono arrested by the BBC Desert Discs podcast on Sunday, June 26 and shared the story of finding out he had a secret sibling in 2000.
“I have another brother who I love and adore and who I didn’t know I didn’t have – or maybe I had one,” the U2 frontman told the host Lauren Laverne with a chuckle. “My dad was obviously going through a lot [when Bono’s mother died], but partly his head was somewhere else because his heart was somewhere else. So I think that was part of the problem that I was probably picking up on when I was a kid.
He continued: “They are a very close family, and I could tell that my father had a deep friendship with this beautiful woman who was part of the family. And then they had a child, and it was all kept secret. .
Bono went on to explain that his mother never found out about him before his sudden death when he was just 14, but he had the opportunity to confront his father about the affair years ago. later.
“I asked him, did he love my mother? And he said yes,” the 22-time Grammy winner said. “And I said, you know, ‘How could this happen?’ And he said, ‘It’s possible.’ And that he was trying to make it right, trying to do the right thing. He wasn’t apologizing, he was just saying, ‘Those are the facts.’
Remembering the revelation that turned his world upside down, the rock singer chose the eight records he would take with him to a desert island, including Peter Frampton’s “Show Me the Way”, Bob’s “Every Grain of Sand” Dylan, Emeli Sande’s “Emeli Sande” version of the classic Anglican hymn “Abide With Me” featuring The Fron Choir, and the live version of “Dead in the Water” performed by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at RTÉ 2FM studios from Dublin.
The other four songs he later selected from the podcast were Inhaler’s “Ice Cream Sundae”, Angelique Kidjo’s “Agolo”, Verdi’s “La Traviata Prelude to Act 1″ performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and ” Someone Somewhere in Summertime” by Simple Minds. ”
Listen to Bono in full Desert Discs interview here.