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How Bono and Swizz Beats Became Best Friends

Few things warm our hearts like oddball celebrity team-ups, the kind that make you wonder how the group in question ever ended up in the same room. So we consider it our duty to draw your attention to such groupings. Recently, a new pairing came into our lives when photos of Bono and Swizz Beats enjoying themselves together surfaced. Being reasonable, undemanding people, we expected never to find out how such a meeting occurred. Even when the power duo announced their Haiti relief song, we assumed it’d be up to our imaginations to figure out how U2's singer and a guy who used to spend a lot of time with DMX became friends. Happily, we were wrong.

Talking to MTV yesterday, Swizz broke it all down: “Bono, he's a music lover ... I'm a music lover. We knew each other for a while through [Interscope chairman] Jimmy Iovine. He's with Jimmy. We share a lot of mutual friends though the art world. Enrico Navarra, which is one of my art mentors, is one of his art mentors. We always hook up in France. I go to his crib, we go to Enrico's crib. He does art. It's like a musical/art/philanthropic relationship that's there. He's an amazing guy. He has an amazing family. He embraced me and my people with open arms. He's a brother.” They have the same art mentor! Of course!

Swizz Beatz Sends 'Much Love To Bono' For Haiti-Benefit Collaboration [MTV]

Photo: TheRealSwizz/Twitter