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EXCLUSIVE: Bono Shares Secret to Long Marriage on 40th Anniversary of His First Date With Wife Ali Hewson

ETOnline logo ETOnline 15/11/2016 Jackie Willis

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Bono wanted his family by his side when he accepted the Man of the Year honor at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards on Monday night.

The U2 frontman showed up on the red carpet with his wife of 34 years, Ali Hewson, and their two daughters, Eve Hewson, 25, and Jordan Hewson, 27. In addition to accepting an award, Bono shared with ET's Nischelle Turner that he and Ali were celebrating the anniversary of their first date 40 years ago.

The 56-year-old rocker recalled walking his now wife to a bus stop on the north side of Dublin, Ireland, but joked that it wasn't love at first sight -- for her at least. "She's working up to that," he quipped.

As for what keeps their relationship going, Bono's answer will definitely surprise some fans -- and celebrities for that matter. "We feel the red carpet has kept us close," he said. "If things are going around, we say, 'Let's do the red carpet, certainly.'"

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Continuing to gush over his marriage, Bono added, "It's just been a great ride, a magic carpet ride."

The father of four also spoke with ET about his fight for gender equality. "If we get organized and make enough noise and we're good at both of those things, then we really can change the narrative," he said.

He continued to echo these sentiments in his acceptance speech. "I asked my wife, Ali, tonight on receiving this award what I should say," Bono said. "And she just repeated what she's been telling me since we were teenagers, which is, 'Don't look down at me, but don't look up at me either. Look across to me. I'm here.'"

Bono wasn't the only singer being recognized at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards. Gwen Stefani was also honored and sweetly thanked her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, in her acceptance speech. 

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