EXCLUSIVE: Bono shares secret to long marriage on 40th anniversary of his first date with bonwife Ali Hewson

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Bono wanted his family by his side when he accepted the Man of the Year honor at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards on Monday night.

The U2 frontman showed up on the red carpet with his wife of 34 years, Ali Hewson, and their two daughters, Eve Hewson, 25, and Jordan Hewson, 27. In addition to accepting an award, Bono shared with ET's Nischelle Turner that he and Ali were celebrating the anniversary of their first date 40 years ago.

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The 56-year-old rocker recalled walking his now wife to a bus stop on the north side of Dublin, Ireland, but joked that it wasn't love at first sight -- for her at least. "She's working up to that," he quipped.

As for what keeps their relationship going, Bono's answer will definitely surprise some fans -- and celebrities for that matter. "We feel the red carpet has kept us close," he said. "If things are going around, we say, 'Let's do the red carpet, certainly.'"

Continuing to gush over his marriage, Bono added, "It's just been a great ride, a magic carpet ride."

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The father of four also spoke with ET about his fight for gender equality. "If we get organized and make enough noise and we're good at both of those things, then we really can change the narrative," he said.

He continued to echo these sentiments in his acceptance speech. "I asked my wife, Ali, tonight on receiving this award what I should say," Bono said. "And she just repeated what she's been telling me since we were teenagers, which is, 'Don't look down at me, but don't look up at me either. Look across to me. I'm here.'"

Bono wasn't the only singer being recognized at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards. Gwen Stefani was also honored and sweetly thanked her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, in her acceptance speech.

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U2 members Bono, left, and Larry Mullen Jr. perform during an announcement of new products by Apple on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, smiles next to U2 members, The Edge, Bono, and Larry Mullen Jr. during an announcement of new products on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from the band U2 after they preformed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled a new Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Bono from the band U2 speaks to delegates during the European People's Party Congress at the convention centre, Dublin, Ireland, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
The Edge, from left, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The Edge, left, and Bono of U2 perform on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Bono of U2 performs on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Bono of U2 performs on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Bono, right, and The Edge of U2 perform on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
The Edge, left, and Bono, of musical group U2, arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Bono of U2 performs on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
From left, Larry Mullen Jr., Bono, Adam Clayton, and The Edge of U2 pose in the press room with the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bono of U2 poses in the press room with the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Adam Clayton, left, and Bono of U2 pose in the press room with the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From left, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge of U2 pose in the press room with the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bono, left, and The Edge, of musical group U2, arrive at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bono, left, and The Edge, of musical group U2, arrive at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bono, of musical group U2, accepts the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
From left, The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 perform on stage at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff /Invision/AP)
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