U2's Bono wears his sunglasses at night so he can...
The 20th anniversary edition of "Achtung Baby!" is coming up in November, and naturally, U2 is celebrating by releasing a "super-deluxe" edition. It includes a replica pair of Bono-esque shades.
In a six-year-old interview with Rolling Stone that reporter Jann Wenner has recently shared, Bono revealed that he doesn't wear his ever-present sunglasses just to look like a super-cool rockstar while the rest of us have to sit around being normal. They have an actual purpose.
"[I have] very sensitive eyes to light. If somebody takes my photograph, I will see the flash for the rest of the day," he says of his baby blues. A medical condition in his right eye sometimes causes problems, as well. "My right eye swells up. I've a blockage there, so that my eyes go red a lot. A magazine across the pond was referring to me as 'old red eyes.'"
He says that when he drinks wine, his eyes turn red, and other allergens can irritate them as well. "So it's part vanity, it's part privacy, and part sensitivity," he explains.
He also admits that he has a preference for Bulgari shades. "A lot of times, people think when they see a B on the side, it is just my own megalomania. Only half the time it is."