Bono opens up about secret illness.

Bono is famed for his bombastic on-stage presence, his endless charity work and his sunglasses. Yes, those sunglasses are almost as famous as the band's biggest hits, but it turns out that they're more than just a gimmick. Who knew?

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show which will air tonight, the pint-sized star having been asked by Graham whether he ever intends to remove the shades, said: “This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last twenty years.” However, he goes on to reassure fans saying: “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.”


The band, appearing alongside other guests Robert Downey Jr, Stephen Fry and Robert Duvall, addressed the controversy surrounding their latest album Songs of Innocence, which was added to the music libraries of half a billion iTunes customers without their consent last month. Bono joked: “All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement.”

Tune into BBC One at 10.35 tonight to hear the band discuss the four decades they have spent together as one of the world's most famous groups.