Bono says his mother “was never spoken to again” after her death when he was 14.

Bono has admitted his family “never spoke about his mother” after her death at the age of 14.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir Surrender: 40 songs, one story Published in The New Yorkerthe U2 frontman recalled his mother Iris Hewson’s breakdown at her father’s funeral in Dublin in 1974.

“I see my father carrying my mother in his arms through a crowd like a white billiard ball scattering a colored triangle. He’s rushing to get her to the hospital,” Bono wrote.

“‘Iris passed out. Iris passed out.” The voices of my aunts and cousins ​​waft through the leaves like a breeze. “She will be fine. She just passed out.’ … Until Ruth, my mother’s younger sister, bursts through the door. “Iris is dying. She had a stroke.’”

He continued, “Everyone’s crowding around… Somebody realizes I’m here too. I’m 14 and strangely calm. I tell my mother’s siblings that everything will be fine.

“Three days later [my brother] Norman and I are taken to the hospital to say goodbye. She’s alive, but hardly… Ruth stands in front of the sickroom and weeps, along with my father, whose eyes have less life than my mother’s. I enter the room at war with the universe, but Iris looks peaceful. It’s hard to imagine that a large part of her is already gone. We hold her hand. There’s a clicking noise, but we don’t hear it.”

Bono said that his father, Bob, and brother, Norman, “were never spoken of again.”

“I’m afraid it was worse. That we rarely thought of her again,” he wrote. “We were three Irish men and we avoided the pain we knew would come from thinking and talking about them.

“Three men used to yell at the TV, now they yell at each other. We live in anger and melancholy, in mysteries and melodramas. The opera’s theme is the absence of a woman named Iris, and the music swells to maintain the silence that surrounds the house and the three men – one of whom is still a boy.”

Earlier this year, Bono announced that he has a half-brother, whose existence he was unaware of until 2000.

Speaking of on the BBC Desert Island DiscsBono said he had a “complicated” relationship with his late father, who fathered a child in an extramarital affair. Bono says his mother “was never spoken to again” after her death when he was 14.


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