At 57, U2's Adam Clayton became a father for the second time when his 39-year-old art gallery director wife gave birth in July 2017. The couple announced the birth of their baby girl, Alba, with a personal ad in the Irish Times. The ad simply read, "Adam and Mariana Clayton are delighted to announce the birth of their beautiful baby girl Alba."
The ad did not reveal Alba's exact date of birth or where exactly she was born. The announcement came just a few days after U2 performed at Dublin's Croke Park on July 22.
During a show in London on July 9, Bono announced to the world that Clayton was expecting by asking, "Is Adam Clayton not a sexy man?... Is your sexy woman here tonight? And expecting a baby, can I say that?" After the bass player shook his head, Bono replied, "Ok, can't say that."
Clayton married Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho was married at a registry office in Dublin in 2013
Clayton married De Carvalho in September 2013 at a Dublin registry office. A few days later, the couple had a larger party in a 14th-century French chateau in Mandelieu-la-Napoule close to Cannes. The couple has been dating since 2009. The BBC reported at the time of the wedding that 150 people attended a three-day celebration that began on a Friday and included a party on Bono's yacht, Cyan.
The Irish Independent reported at the time, "The bride wore a white silk dress with a structured bodice and a delicate, floor-length chiffon cape tied at the neck."
The venue was the same place that Canadian rockers Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne had gotten married in July 2013.
A month into their marriage, Clayton said the couple was fighting regularly
In October 2013, when Clayton and De Carvalho had been married for a month, the bass player complained in an interview that they were already fighting regularly. Clayton said, "I think I’ve been married about a month now and I’ve seen my wife two weeks of that, so it’s not a very good start.But those two weeks have been a great two weeks. It doesn’t go down too well at home, I’ve discovered quite quickly."
The interview was with Dublin radio station 98fm, Clayton continued, "I may have to go to visit the in-laws, so I could well be in Brazil over Christmas."
Adam Clayton says, "I got married in sobriety to Mariana"
During a speech after receiving the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert in June 2017, Clayton read out a speech that included the words, "I was in Brazil and I met a lawyer who was smart and beautiful. We started dating. I got married in sobriety to Mariana. I didn't think that would happen. She's never seen me drinking, but she does know me crazy. Thank you, Mariana, for the wonderful life we have together and for making every day more meaningful."
Clayton was traditionally known as the wild man of U2. In November 1989, Clayton was arrested in Dublin on charges of possession of marijuana. The bassist avoided jail time after making a donation to charity. Then, in November 1993, during U2's Zoo TV tour, Clayton was unable to perform at a show in Sydney because he was too hungover. After that, Clayton says he became sober and gave up alcohol.
Clayton relocated to London to be with De Carvalho
Shortly after Clayton and De Carvalho tied the know, the bass player moved from his home in the Dublin suburbs to London. Clayton was born in the town of Chinnor, about 45 miles west of London in March 1960. Homes and Property reported at that Clayton moved in with De Carvalho in her Westminster home close to Hyde Park.
The Times in London reports that De Carvalho had swapped her legal career to be a director at the London art gallery Hauser and Wirth. According to her LinkedIn page, De Carvalho left Hauser and Wirth for the Michael Wirth Gallery in September 2014. That profile says that De Carvalho left the legal profession around 2008. De Carvalho studied "art business" at New York University in 2009.
According to her LinkedIn page, De Carvalho left Hauser and Wirth for the Michael Wirth Gallery in September 2014. That profile says that De Carvalho left the legal profession around 2008. De Carvalho studied "art business" at New York University in 2009. De Carvalho got her legal qualifications from the University of Sao Paolo in 2002 and masters from the Pantheon-Assas University in Paris in 2005.
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De Carvalho is Clayton's first wife but he was famously engaged to Naomi Campbell
In 1994, Clayton famously announced his engagement to English supermodel Naomi Campbell. The pair later split for undisclosed reasons but in a November 2015 interview with the Sunday Independent, Campbell said she was "very proud" of Clayton. The supermodel added, "I won't discuss my private life. I only have very positive things to say about him. I am very proud of Adam."
After that, Clayton was in a long term relationship until February 2007 with Canadian Suzanne Smith, an assistant to the band's former manager Paul McGuinness. The couple was engaged before they broke up on "extremely good terms" after eight years together.
In January 2011, the Irish Independent reported that Clayton had become a father in early 2010 following a relationship with a French woman.
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