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Bono Celebrates 40 Years of Marriage in New Memoir, ‘Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story’

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Bono Celebrates 40 Years of Marriage in New Memoir, ‘Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story’

By Movieguide® Staff

Singer-songwriter Paul David Hewson, known as Bono by fans around the world, recently released a new memoir titled Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story about his marriage to his wife, Ali.

The couple married in 1982, and Bono reflected on their relationship and Ali’s sacrifices so that the lead singer of U2 could pursue a career in music.

“I also wrote the book to explain to my family what I was doing with their life because it was they who permissioned me to be away with U2 or lobbying Congress,” Bono told the Sunday Times Magazine. “Ali gave me the chance and covered for me at home. So I’m not writing a rock’n’roll memoir, [or] an activist’s memoir, I’m not just writing a sojourner’s memoir, I’m trying to write a love letter to my wife.”

Although Bono and his wife have been married for 40 years, they have known each since childhood.

“She’s not just a mystery to me, by the way. She’s a mystery to her daughters, to her sons,” he said. “I mean, we’re all trying to get to know her. She’s endlessly fascinating. She’s… full of mischief.”

Bono also said that the couple have strengthened their relationship as they went through difficult seasons in their marriage.

“It’s not like our love was absent of any dark undercurrents or briny water, [but] we got each other through those bits where it was hard to see where we were,” he explained. “Ali calls it ‘the work of love’. I wish she wouldn’t use the word ‘work’ because I have a feeling there’s an adjective, ‘hard’, that’s inferred.”

Bono recently starred as Clay Calloway in the animated, Movieguide® Award-winning movie SING 2.

A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:

The animated musical comedy SING 2 picks up where the first movie leaves off, with Buster Moon and his friends finding success at their local theater. After a reviewer walks out of their show, Buster and his cast go to Redshore City to audition for Jimmy Crystal, the biggest name in showbiz. Buster gets Crystal’s attention by telling him their next show will include rock legend Clay Calloway. Crystal gives Buster and his friends the resources they need to perform the biggest show yet. However, Calloway is a recluse who hasn’t been seen in 15 years. Will they be able to pull off the show of a lifetime?

SING 2 is a colorful, funny, heartwarming movie that stresses overcoming fear and grief through love, family, courage, kindness, and faith. Several characters struggle, but they overcome their own obstacles with support from friends. The music deftly conveys the emotions of the characters, and the story is well-paced. Ultimately, love and faith conquer fear. SING 2 has moments of peril, an intense, scary villain, and some minor objectionable content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.