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U2 front man Bono is undoubtedly one of the most charitable stars in Hollywood.
In addition to being the founder and key spokesperson for not only the ONE Campaign, but also Product Red, Bono’s philanthropic efforts go back decades.
And it seems he is just as generous closer to home. In an interview with 60 Minutes, fellow Irishman Liam Neeson reveals the legendary rocker’s generosity and kind disposition can be found on a personal level as well.
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The Taken actor recalled to Anderson Cooper the time Bono stepped in and comforted his sons, Daniel and Micheál shortly after the death of their mother.
“Bono is a pal and he came ’round to dinner,” the 61-year-old said. “And I remember he was sitting beside Micheál and just out of the blue he said, ‘What age are you Micheál?” And he said, ‘Thirteen.’ And [Bono] said. ‘Yeah, that’s the age I was when I lost my mum.’
“That was it. And I—I could’ve kissed for it,” Liam gushed. “He was like saying, ‘You know, I lost my mom and this age and I’m doing okay. And you will do okay too.’”
Natasha Richardson tragically died after a skiing accident on March 16, 2009. The 45-year-old actress sustained a head injury after taking a ski lesson at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Though she was initially fine, she began to complain of a headache and was taken to the hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition.
It wasn’t long after that she was declared brain-dead from the swelling she experienced following the fall.
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It’s been five years since her untimely death, but Liam admitted it still doesn’t feel “real,” though he said keeping busy helps him stay strong for his sons.
“I’m not good without work. I just don’t—I wallow too much,” he said of his schedule. “And I just want to—especially for my boys—to be wallowing in sadness or depression.”
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He has definitely kept himself busy with work. Since her death in 2009, he has put out more than 20 movies and solidified his work as an action star—with roles like Taken, Taken 2, The Dark Knight Rises and The Clash of the Titans.
And he’d like to think his late wife would be “chuffed” with his new realm of success.
“Chuffed is a good thing,” Liam joked. “She’d be tickled.”