U2's Bono Opens Up About Late Mother on Podcast

U2's Bono shared intimate details about his late mother Iris on the Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast, revealing his family's silence after her death left him with few memories. Bono wrote his memoir Surrender to preserve his memories of her and honored her through the song "Iris (Hold Me Close)".

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U2's Bono Opens Up About Late Mother on Podcast

U2's Bono Opens Up About Late Mother on Podcast

In a poignant episode of the Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast released on May 10, U2 frontman Bono, born Paul David Hewson, shared intimate details about his late mother Iris, who passed away when he was just 14 years old. The singer revealed that hisfamily's silenceabout his mother after her death left him with few memories of her.

Bono explained, "I've got very few details about my mother and I wrote the book [Surrender] to kind of hook some of those memories out of that river that goes by with all, with your life in it and suddenly it's passed you by." He added, "And I thought, I don't want my memories of my mother to pass me by completely. And they were getting less and less and less."

The singer attributed the lack of memories to his family's avoidance of speaking about his mother after her untimely death. "That's because when she died I was 14, and my father just didn't speak about her. We didn't speak about her. Very Irish male situation. So I can't really recall how she spoke. I remember feelings though," Bono shared.

Despite the absence of clear recollections, Bono still holds onto certain impressions of his mother. "I remember mischief. I remember humor. I remember that she could, you know, put a plug on the kettle. And a problem solver," he said, describing her as "completely unpretentious" and "a beauty."

Bono's mother Iris collapsed at her father's funeral in 1974 and passed away in a Dublin hospital within days after suffering an aneurysm. Thesinger's older brotherNorman, who is seven years his senior, also has limited memories of their mother due to the family's reluctance to discuss her after her passing.

In his 2022 memoir titled Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, Bono delved into his family's response to his mother's death, revealing that they rarely thought about her to avoid the pain that would come from thinking and speaking about her. The singer also paid tribute to his late mother through the song "Iris (Hold Me Close)" from U2's 2014 album Songs of Innocence.

Bono's candid discussion about his late mother Iris on the Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast sheds light on the profound impact of her loss on his life and the complex family dynamics that followed. Through his music and memoir, the U2 frontman continues to honor her memory and work through the emotions surrounding her untimely passing.