As a humanitarian and musician, Bono is known for many things, but probably one of the most recognizable things about him is his signature shades. What was once assumed as a fashion statement, Bono has come forward to reveal the real reason why he wears sunglasses both indoors and outside.
According to Business Insider, Bono suffers from glaucoma, which is why he wears his sunglasses. The 54-year-old musician spoke about the condition he has lived with for many years. For those who don’t know, glaucoma puts pressure on the eyes, which causes loss of sight. According to Bono, he has been affected by glaucoma for 20 years.
It’s not rare that people who suffer from glaucoma treat the condition with sunglasses. This helps the condition lessen, or at least slows down the process, as those who suffer from glaucoma have sensitivity to light.
In an interview with BBC television, Bono explained his condition.
“This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years.”
He continued to explain how he’s doing in case his fans are worried about his condition. According to the singer he’s not worth pitying just yet.
“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.’”
Besides sharing why he wears his sunglasses, Bono has been making waves because of the deal he struck up with iTunes, which automatically loaded U2’s new album on everyone’s cloud for free. As we know, this lead to people going insane, because what can be worse than finding free music on your account and synced to your devices that you didn’t ask for? As a result of this, Bono has apologized to those who were aggravated by the tracks from U2’s Songs of Innocence.
In a statement the U2 singer said, “I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea, but (we) got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a 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. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”
Are you surprised by Bono’s revelation?