Irish pop star Bono makes a peace sign as he arrives in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace February 28, 2003 in Paris. Bono will meet with French President Jacques Chirac to lobby for the cancellation of debts owed by developing countries. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Bono made a surprising revelation in a BBC Radio interview this past weekend. The U2 frontman has a half-brother he was unaware of for decades.

The 62-year-old singer says he didn’t learn about his secret sibling until 2000, one year before his father’s death. Bono said his father had a “deep friendship” with another woman.

Bono’s mother, who died in 1974 when he was just 14, never knew the secret. In fact, nobody knew. The singer, born Paul David Hewson, also has an older brother named Norman.

Bono says his relationship with his father was “complicated” but that he’s “at peace” with the situation. It could not have been easy to initially hear about this other side of his father’s life.

I know of a family that made a similar discovery after doing a DNA ancestry search. It involved a U.S. soldier who met a woman while serving overseas in the 1950s and fathered a child unbeknownst to him until about five years ago. I have a feeling many families have experienced something like this since the 23andMe and Ancestry testing kits became popular.

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