No, U2 frontman Bono does not dress up a Hasidic Jew when he rides his bike around New York, despite what you may have heard to the contrary.
Reports zoomed around numerous news outlets Thursday that the Irish rock star donned ultra-Orthodox garb to disguise himself during rides, after bandmate The Edge seemed to say as much during a radio interview a day earlier.
However, a spokesman for Bono confirmed to The Times of Israel that The Edge was definitely joking.
Addressing the rockstar’s condition after a bad biking accident, The Edge told CBS Radio station KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show on Wednesday that no photo existed of a gruesome biking accident Bono was involved in recently because he had disguised himself.
“You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew,” he said.
Despite the radio hosts laughter at the joke, the story was swiftly picked up by media as truth, with Gawker characterizing it as “his messianic bandmate’s weird strategy for evading onlookers.”
Bono fractured several limbs in the accident, including severe damage to his face, and required five hours of surgery after the November 16 crash.
He basically “can’t move for the next couple of months,” and has to cancel his Christmas show, The Edge told the radio station. The star sustained “multiple fractures of bones in his elbow and in his back,” he said.
“We’re kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet so he didn’t actually break Central Park.”
The bloody accident, which took place on a Sunday (of course), occurred because Bono “just wasn’t paying enough attention,” The Edge said.
“He was going fast down a bit of a hill and somebody came out onto the cycle way, he swerved to avoid them and just went straight over the bars,” he said.