Famous rocker and humanitarian Bono has been wearing sunglasses everywhere — including indoors — for roughly 20 years. The look has actually become synonymous with the U2 frontman.
But in a recent interview, Bono revealed that he hasn’t been wearing sunglasses indoors just to make a fashion statement — he has actually been suffering from glaucoma for two decades.
CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Bono attends the Cannes Lions Awards Ceremony at Palais des Festivals on June 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. Richard Bord/Getty Images
The revelation was made after BBC host Graham Norton asked Bono if he ever takes his shades off.
“This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years,” he replied. "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine."
“You're not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono,’” he added.
CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Bono signs autographs for fans after the 'Bono and Jonathan Ive Seminar' during the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival on June 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. Richard Bord/Getty Images
More on the interview via the Telegraph:
The Irish band were on the show to promote their new album, Songs Of Innocence, which was released commercially this week after previously being given away to half a billion iTunes customers, a controversial move which upset some people who said they did not want it automatically added to their music libraries.
Bono also addressed the iTunes issue in a Facebook Q&A with fans earlier this week. One of the questions posed was: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again? It's really rude."
The singer apologised and put it down to a "drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard".