Thursday 21 September 2017

Bono helped bandmate Adam celebrate happy day

Newlyweds: Mariana Teixeira and Adam Clayton
Newlyweds: Mariana Teixeira and Adam Clayton
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

U2 frontman Bono did attend the wedding of bandmate Adam Clayton last week, contrary to previous reports.

While the star maintained a low profile at the wedding, he was also present at an al fresco lunch afterwards at Clayton's local pub The Blue Light near Sandyford in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Newly married Clayton then enjoyed a quiet gathering of family and friends, including Bono, at the bass player's Georgian mansion in Rathfarnham.

U2's bass player married his Brazilian girlfriend in a low-key ceremony in Dublin last week.Only very close family and friends had any idea that Clayton (53) and his fiancee, Mariana Teixeira, were going to tie the knot.

The group will fly out to the Cote d'Azur in the south of France for the second part of the wedding soiree later this week.

Four days of celebrations are expected to kick off this Thursday, with private dinners and poolside get-togethers at Adam's villa at Grasse.

The villa is 50km further down the coast from where The Edge and Bono co-own a villa in Eze-sur-Mer, a village between Nice and Monte Carlo on the French Riviera.

The Sunday Independent has also learned that, following Clayton's annus horribilis – when his personal assistant was found guilty of stealing €2.8m of his money – the star has now employed a new personal assistant who is living in a lodge on his estate.

Staff working at Clayton's home on the day of his wedding had to each sign a lengthy confidentially agreement to ensure details of the wedding celebrations remained private.

A source told the Sunday Independent: "No one will say a word about anything. The confidentiality agreements handed out were the length of your arm."

Meanwhile, amidst the celebrations Bono appeared to show no sign of concern over the publication of ex-Irish Times writer Harry Browne's book, The Front Man, which was launched this weekend.

In recent weeks the humanitarian was spotted out cycling with his wife, Ali, ditching his trademark style in favour of lycra shorts and a T-shirt.The pair were seen in Dublin with Bono's arm protectively wrapped around Ali's shoulder.

Most recently, Bono has kept fans' hopes alive by hinting that their long-awaited 13th studio album will be ready by Christmas.

After years of stops and starts, the album, under the working title '10 reasons to exist', could hit shops in time for the festive spree.

But according to friends, the band has been more attentive than ever with its new work and if the rockstars don't feel it's right – they won't feel pressurised to get it out in time for the Christmas rush.

"The lads have spent the past few years experimenting with lots of different ideas, artists you could never imagine them seeking inspiration from. But that's U2, always willing to bring something new to their next release.

"I've heard it sounds really special and that Bono and the lads are putting everything into it.

"We'll just have to trust them if they're taking their time, that it will all be worth it in the end," added the source.

Sunday Independent

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