Her husband Bono had a serious bicycle accident, her father Terry had a series of heart attacks, and Ali Hewson has spoken of the importance of family this weekend after a ‘rough’ few months.
Ali’s dad Terry Stewart suffered multiple heart attacks late last year, at the same time that U2 frontman Bono crashed his bike in New York.
Although she has four children who will no doubt be showering her with gifts, Ali, 53, told EVOKE.ie that she plans to spend Mother’s Day spoiling her own mum Joy Stewart, following a difficult period for her parents in particular.
‘She’s been through a rough time lately, so I really want to make sure she’s happy and feels loved, that’s the most important thing.’
Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, has been recovering well following his accident in Central Park in November.
He broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade.
The singer has reportedly spend recent weeks rehearsing in Monaco ahead of U2’s Innocence and Experience 2015 tour and Ali insisted he’s looking forward to getting back on stage this summer.
‘He’s doing great, he really is,’ she said.
‘He’s got another six weeks left until the first date in May, so he’s very excited and he’ll be ready.
‘We’re glad that’s all behind us.’
And charity campaigner Ali said that this tour will prove particularly special for her and Bono’s two sons, Elijah and John.
‘Each tour is amazing and it is five years since the last one, so all our kids have grown in that time and they understand much more and get so much more out of it,’ she said.
‘For the boys in particular, it’s going to be fantastic – it will leave a strong impression for them.
‘The guys [U2] love what they do, they’re the best at it and I can’t get tired of those concerts.
‘Maybe other people can, but they give 100pc in those gigs and they’re always a spectacle.’
By Laura Butler