Bono says he had a near death experience but wasn’t forthcoming on sharing specifics.
The U2 singer made the revelation in an interview with Rolling Stone, but no sooner had he dropped the bombshell did he refuse to offer any further details on the matter.
Speaking to the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner, Bono was initially coy about discussing the subject of how he almost died.
‘It’s just a thing that . . . people have these extinction events in their lives; it could be psychological or it could be physical.
And, yes, it was physical for me, but I think I have spared myself all that soap opera,’ he shared.
Not wanting to divulge too much, he appeared afraid of turning the event into a media circus of sorts.
‘Especially with this kind of celebrity obsession with the minutiae of peoples’ lives — I have got out of that,’ the artist shared. ”I want to speak about the issue in a way that lets people fill in the blanks of what they have been through, you know?’
Bono then went on to draw comparison between his health and what’s going on in the world in 2017.
‘This political apocalypse was going on in Europe and in America, and it found a perfect rhyme with what was going on in my own life,’ he said. ‘And I have had a hail of blows over the years. You get warning signs, and then you realise that you are not a tank.”
He says the band’s latest album, Songs of Experience that was released at the start of December, was always intended to address issues of mortality. The singer recalled how he’d ‘had a couple of these shocks to the system’ during his life, and wished to talk about them on his latest album.
Over the years, Bono has had plenty of moments of concern.
In 2000, he had a throat cancer scare, suffered a herniated disc a decade later, and in 2014 was involved in a bike crash in New York and required extensive surgery.