We all need a friend like Oprah!
Director and activist Ava Duvernay is apparently a huge fan of Bono, so her bestie Oprah pulled some strings and surprised her with tickets to a concert. And, because she’s Oprah freaking Winfrey, she set up a meet and greet afterward.
Oprah posted the most adorable video on Instagram of her “dear friend” literally snuggling Bono. The U2 frontman even kisses her hand in the sweet moment. Always the proverbial talk show host, Oprah tried to get a reaction out of Duvernay but she was pretty much speechless.
Winfrey captioned the video, “My dear friend @ava LOOOVES Bono. So as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter, Forever gift I surprised her with the help of @guyoseary with tickets to concert and meet and greet afterwards in Nashville! Sweet moment.”
Despite being at a loss for words in the presence of the U2 star and fellow activist, Duvernay found plenty when she posted a photo of the pair on social media. The “Selma” director wrote an emotional ode to the rocker and U2, crediting them for opening her eyes to activism and guiding her through the most challenging times in her life.
“I have loved Bono and U2 since I was a girl. I’ve been guarded and guided by their work in many moments of my life. I first learned about human rights and activism, not through Martin Luther King as he was blandly taught in school, but through the passion of Bono’s voice singing of the civil rights icon in the song PRIDE,” wrote Duvernay.
“I named my first narrative film, I WILL FOLLOW, after their song that meant so much to me and my Aunt Denise. She was the one who first introduced me to their music. I played their song BAD on the day I buried her and it helped me lift my head as I drove to the funeral, like a balm for my wounded heart. My favorite all-time song of U2 is DROWNING MAN. It’s not a hit song. It’s a heart song. And it lives in mine. In the song, Bono sings the words: “take my hand.” A moment before this picture was snapped, he reached over and took mine in his. I was breathless and speechless. He and Edge were everything a fan wishes their hero will be upon meeting them. Every single thing.”
We’re not crying, YOU’RE crying! 😢
She also made sure to thank the woman who made it all happen, Oprah: “My true thanks to all who made the moment possible, especially my friend @Oprah, who knows my heart and that this would make it shine and shimmer and sing. It did. In more ways than I can express. It’s a beautiful day. xo”
Oprah + Ava (+Bono) = BFFS 4EVA