Rock singer Bono’s wife Ali Hewson says ‘most marriages don’t last as long’ as U2


Ali Hewson said that “most marriages don’t last as long” as U2 as the band celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic album The Joshua Tree.

The famous album, which included smash hits With Or Without You and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, sold over 25 million copies and proved to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

Three decades since The Joshua Tree shot the Dublin band to international fame, frontman Bono’s wife Ali said she “can’t believe” how quickly the time has gone.

The charity activist, who has been married to the music icon for 35 years, joked that not many couples stay together as long as Bono has with his bandmates Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jnr.

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She told the Irish Mirror: “No [I can’t believe it’s been that long]. Time flies. I don’t think they can believe it either.

“It’s pretty amazing that they’ve been together that long and still like each other and still enjoy it.

“Most marriages don’t last that long.”

While none of the famous couple’s four children – daughter’s Jordan, 27, and Eve, 25, and sons Elijah, 17, and John, 15 – were born when The Joshua Tree was first released, Ali said the family are hoping to join them on their world tour which kicks off in Vancouver in May.

“We’ll absolutely try [to join them on tour over the summer]. Of course,” she said.

Ali stepped out joined a host of well known faces as she stepped out for the annual Chernobyl Children’s Project charity lunch in Fire restaurant, Dublin, which was hosted by former TD Liz O’Donnell and talent agent Noel Kelly.

The 55-year-old has been a patron of the charity for over 20 years, supporting their work to help the children affected by the nuclear disaster that happened in Ukraine 31 years ago.

“It’s a day of good news because there are so many disheartening stories around the world and in Ireland. It’s good to be reminded of the great things Irish people have done with the Chernobyl Children’s Project.

“That kind of commitment and dedication to people they’ve never met has to be applauded,” Ali said.

“The Irish are loved all over the world and these are the reasons why. They’re so generous – having been through the Famine, perhaps it’s in our DNA and we know what it’s like to be at the very bottom.”

Also speaking at the event, charity founder Adi Roche revealed that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster will be given an international day of remembrance.


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