Bono’s reign as Dalkey’s most famous resident is over – and he’s not too happy about it.
The U2 rocker has joked that he is “very annoyed” that another celeb has taken this crown after he became everyone’s favourite expat during lockdown.
Matt Damon became a national treasure after spending months in the seaside Dublin town and was spotted with a SuperValu shopping bag, assumed to be full of cans.
While Damon and his family were adopted as locals, one resident has feigned umbrage over the Hollywood actor stepping on his turf.
“I’ve lived in this village, or next to this village, for 30 years—this f****r is there for three months and they make him the king of Dalkey!” Bono told GQ magazine.
“I mean, it’s unbelievable. He’s caught in some kind of local photo shoot with a SuperValu plastic bag, and the rumour that he’s carrying cans, and suddenly he’s got all this credibility that some of us just are incapable of ever achieving.
“He’s beloved! I mean, there’ll be a statue of him there. I don’t know what it was, and what he did. But I’m very annoyed about it. I’m not happy at all.”
This “theatrical” outrage is continued in the extensive profile on Damon, who is the October cover star of the popular magazine.
Bono added: “Thirty years I’ve put into that fishing village, and suddenly the fisher of men takes over!”
The singer and actor have in fact been friends for years, becoming close in 2006 through the international charity water.org.
The Dubliner went on to describe the LA native as being “free from self-consciousness” which is what makes him so appealing to the public.
“For a man who looks in the mirror for a living, he’s not even a little bit self-conscious, I’ve found,” Bono added.
“I mean, I think I’ve got freedom, but I’m self-conscious. When I walk into the newsagent’s, I can see myself walking into the newsagent’s, do you know what I mean?
“He’s really himself. There’s some things you shouldn’t get too good at. Celebrity’s one of them.”