Bono opens up about parental guilt while being away from kids during world tour


Bono has opened up about the parental guilt of being away from his kids while touring the world.

The U2 frontman has two daughters, Jordan, 28, and Eve, 26, and two sons, Elijah, 18, and John, 16, with his wife Ali, who are all now almost grown into adulthood.

He humorously told the Boston’s Karson and Kennedy Show of his worry over missing childhood milestones like the first day of school until he was around to bring his youngest son John on the inaugural school run in Dublin.

He said: “I used to feel really sh**e and it really hurt and then I got over it when I was actually dropping my youngest son on his first day of school and he said ’would you mind parking around the corner?’”

He said he has realised that his children really appreciate having a parent who is doing something they love every day.


He said: “The thing about your kids, if you are doing what you want to do, if you are doing what you love, they feel that.

“It’s much harder when if you are pushing a rock up the hill and it’s a rock someone else owns and you don’t feel the same connection which is how most of us go through our life.

“We are so blessed to do what we love. I think the kids feel that.”

He also spoke on the Karson and Kennedy Show of his delight at hearing his new song, You’re the Best Thing About Me, played on the radio.

“(It) is a very special feeling.

“Early on when we started out I used to be waiting by the radio and for the middle period if I’m honest I probably forgot about radio.”

He also revealed that he listens religiously to one radio show in Ireland when he is at home.

He said: “When I’m at home (there is) a certain show I listen to and I can’t imagine my life without them.”

And he said is U2 bandmate The Edge is set to deploy his Music Rising initiative in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.


The Music Rising charity first began in 2005 in New Orleans as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The Irish guitarist organised the initiative to get instruments back into the hands of displaced musicians, giving professional and amateur players alike the opportunity to continue making a living with their craft.

Now, the charity will be replicating its actions in other US cities ravaged by storms.

“You might recall that Edge – when Hurricane Katrina did its damage to New Orleans and destroyed the lives of so many musicians there – he put together Music Rising,” Bono told Mix 104.1.

“And it was a really clever way of getting the musicians of the area some instruments so they could continue to live.

“Edge has been in discussions now to do the same in Houston. And you know, we have private ways that we will respond, but publicly that’s what we’re doing.”11137755

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