U2’s Bono Reveals An Emotional Story About His Real Name

For some artists in the industry, you need to scratch beneath the surface to get to know the real person behind the persona they created for the outside world. They tend to have aspects of their past that they choose to leave behind, and something as simple as calling them by their birth name can finally drive them to let the cat out of the bag. It was time for U2’s Bono to let everyone know that calling him by his real name ‘Paul’ doesn’t make his interactions with people any more intimate.

“I’ve been called a lot of things over the years,” Bono began explaining to Virgin Radio UK how he got his nickname in his teens. “I was three years old, my friend was 4, and we had a sort of street gang into our teens, and I had many nicknames. I’m very pleased that I qualified to Bono, though even that is tricky in some quarters.”

He added, “The significant thing is that we decided to be called by those names when we went out into the public because it implies a kind of intimacy with your audience, which is nice.” The lead vocalist regarded his nickname as a sign of closeness with his audience.

“Some people will occasionally come up to me and say, ‘Hey, Paul, how are you doing, Paul?’ as if that’s getting close,” the signer said before revealing the complex and emotional correlation he has with his birth name. He then noted, “The last person to call me Paul was my dad, and he’s dead. So don’t call me Paul.”

Bono’s story perfectly exemplifies the saying that you never really never know what someone is going through. Everyone has skeletons in their closet, and even if they seem like they’ve figured it all out and faced their demons, there comes a time when you can’t keep locking the door. Now that we’ve all caught up with Bono’s request after clearing the story behind his real name, it’s better to keep moving forward with just Bono.