Bono & Alison Hewson

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Bono is married to Alison Stewart Hewson. Their relationship began in November 1975.  Soon after the death of Bono’s mother, Ali took care of Bono, cleaning his clothes, going to school with him, and cooking food for him to eat.  TheBono & Ali couple were married on August 21, 1982 in a Church of Ireland (Anglican) ceremony at All Saints Church, Raheny (built by the Guinness family), with Adam Clayton acting as Bono’s best man. The couple have four children, daughters Jordan (born May 10, 1989) and Memphis Eve (born July 7, 1991), and sons Elijah Bob Patricus Guggi Q (born August 18, 1999) and John Abraham (born May 21, 2001).

Ali is the daughter of Terry and Joy Stewart.  She studied at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin where she met Bono. Although she wanted to become a nurse, Ali gave up her career ambitions to foster her relationship with her new husband. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1989, shortly after giving birth to her first daughter, Jordan. Before that, Ali worked in a motor insurance company, and with her father, in his electrical business.

Ali is a founder of the EDUN fashion label, which encourages fair trade with third world nations and the abolition of sweatshops and child labour. Ali is also co-founder of nude skincare with Bryan Meehan, a luxury, natural skincare company. She is a patron of Chernobyl Children’s Project International, an organization accredited by the United Nations that works with children, families and communities who continue to be affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. She participated in Greenpeace protests against the Sellafield reprocessing plant and narrated Black Wind White Land, an Irish film which highlighted the plight of victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. She also participated in the film “Chernobyl Heart” with Adi Roche.

In addition to her own work, she has travelled and appeared with Bono extensively when participating in activist events such as campaigning against third world poverty.

The U2 song “The Sweetest Thing” was given to Ali as a gift because Bono forgot her birthday while writing and recording with the band during The Joshua Tree sessions. She appears in the song’s music video and received income from its sales. She gave all proceeds to Chernobyl Children’s Project International. Furthermore, Bono dedicated U2′s song “All I Want Is You” to Ali.

Bono and Ali live in Killiney in south County Dublin, Ireland, with their family and share a villa in Eze in the Alpes-Maritimes in the south of France with The Edge, as well as an apartment at The San Remo in Manhattan and a small house in the quiet village of Middleton Cheney, England.

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