Ali Hewson

  • Irish activist
  • Born March 23, 1961

Alison Hewson (née Stewart; born 23 March 1961) is an Irish activist and businesswoman. She is the wife of singer and musician Paul Hewson, known as Bono, from the rock group U2. Raised in Raheny, she met her future husband at age 12 at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, and married him in 1982. She was awarded a degree in politics and sociology from University College, Dublin (UCD) in 1989. The couple have four children together and live at residences in Ireland, France, and the United States. She has inspired several U2 songs, most famously "Sweetest Thing."

I've never been interested in things that sparkle and shine; I'm more interested in people.

You can live your life being scared of losing someone, and at the end of the day, if he is going to leave you, he'll leave you, and that's it.

Sadly, I haven't had a brain cell since I had children.

You'll have an unbelievable sense of calm when you have a baby.

I know how I want to try and live my life. I know I don't want to leave any darkness behind me.

I think we should all have a responsibility not to affect other people in a negative way.

People see fashion as superficial and shallow, but it's actually not. As an industry, it can really change how things happen and change trade for countries that really need it.

Business is tough, and the fashion industry is particularly tough.