Bono has criticised controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for â€œexploitingâ€ his image in the run up to the Italian elections.
The U2 frontman was dismayed to learn his picture was used in a glossy magazine listing the Berlusconi governmentâ€™s achievements, as they seek reelection next week.
The brochure for the Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party, which has been distributed to Italian households, claims Bono is â€œgrateful to the prime minister for the actions promoted by the Italian government toward poor countries,â€ involving the singerâ€™s high profile campaign against world poverty.
However, Bono has hit back at the claims, writing an open letter to the media mogul reading, "Mr. Berlusconi, as flattered as I can be of appearing in your brochure, I also feel a bit exploited."
He also called on Italy to honour the G8 group of world leaders promise to give money to the worldâ€™s poorest people, writing, "If your commitment is real and your signature is trustworthy, then the world wants to know how Italy intends to reach this target.â€