U2 frontman Bono reveals the heartbreaking reason why he ended his friendship with Michael Hutchence before his death in 1997

U2 frontman Bono has spoken of his friendship with the late Michael Hutchence, and why he eventually had to cut ties with the tragic INXS singer.

In an excerpt from his book Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story published by Apple News, the Irish rocker, 62, revealed he and his wife Ali Hewson were close with Hutchence and his partner Paula Yates in the early ’90s.

But things changed when Hutchence and Yates ‘spiralled down the vortex of a recreational drug use that had become hard work for everyone, especially their family, especially the younger ones’.

U2 frontman Bono (pictured) has spoken of his friendship with the late Michael Hutchence, and why he eventually had to cut ties with the tragic INXS singer 

‘As their behaviour changed, our friendship became strained and we grew uncomfortable during their visits,’ Bono wrote.

In 1996, Hutchence and Yates welcomed their daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, and asked Bono and Ali to be her godparents.

However, they declined because they were ‘so wigged out’ by the couple’s drug use, and this ended their friendship.

Bono reveals in his new book how he and wife Ali Hewson were close with Hutchence (pictured in 1990) and his partner Paula Yates in the early '90s. But things changed when Hutchence and Yates 'spiralled down the vortex of' drug addiction

Bono reveals in his new book how he and wife Ali Hewson were close with Hutchence (pictured in 1990) and his partner Paula Yates in the early ’90s. But things changed when Hutchence and Yates ‘spiralled down the vortex of’ drug addiction

On November 22, 1997, a maid found Hutchence naked and dead behind the door of his Sydney hotel room at about 11.50am.

A coroner ruled the 37-year-old musician had committed suicide by hanging himself while depressed and under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Paula died in the year 2000 from a heroin overdose.

In 1996, Hutchence and Yates welcomed their daughter Tiger Lily, and asked Bono and Ali to be her godparents. But they declined because they were 'so wigged out' by the couple's drug use, and this ended their friendship. (Pictured: Hutchence, Yates and their daughters Tiger Lily and Peaches in Milan, Italy, in 1997)

In 1996, Hutchence and Yates welcomed their daughter Tiger Lily, and asked Bono and Ali to be her godparents. But they declined because they were ‘so wigged out’ by the couple’s drug use, and this ended their friendship. (Pictured: Hutchence, Yates and their daughters Tiger Lily and Peaches in Milan, Italy, in 1997)

‘Neither of us dreamed they’d both end up dead so soon. Even now, I can’t believe I’ve just written that,’ Bono said.

Tiger is now based in Perth, Western Australia, with her boyfriend Nick Allbrook, the frontman of psychedelic rock band Pond and a former member of Tame Impala.

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On November 22, 1997, a maid found Hutchence (pictured here in 1990) naked and dead behind the door of his Sydney hotel room at about 11.50am

On November 22, 1997, a maid found Hutchence (pictured here in 1990) naked and dead behind the door of his Sydney hotel room at about 11.50am 

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