Richie Sambora opened up about why he made the difficult decision to leave the rock band, Bon Jovi, in 2013.
The 61-year-old guitarist admitted that it happened because his 23-year-old daughter, Ava, needed him and “does not regret” that she put family first.
Sambora joined the band when he formed in 1983. “It was not a popular decision in any case, obviously, but there was almost no choice in this regard. I had a lot of conscious work to do around it [my personal life]”Sambora told People magazine.
“We went through a lot of things together. It was a period of psychological maintenance for the family,” he explained. “You know, I’m not an angel. But I realized that Ava needed me to be around at that moment. The family had to come first and that’s what happened.”
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Sambora, who shares Ava with his ex-wife and actress Heather Locklear, 59, said that due to the band’s intense tour schedule, he will only be able to return home to Los Angeles for a few days, here and there.
“Fortunately, I was earning enough money to be able to have a private plane, take my ass home and see my baby even if it was just for a day. If it was Halloween, it was a boom, at home,” he recalled.
Sambora confessed that it was not a long-term sustainable lifestyle. “When I look back and start listing the tours … 18 and a half months, 52 countries … It’s like, wow. It was really time for a break. I did this on the 14th. over a period of 31 years, “he said.
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The rocker says that now his relationship with Ava has “deepened” because of the time they spend together and what he has actually loved over the years, has been to lead her to high school every day.
“This is where the conversation ended. She was trapped in my car for those 30 minutes. She couldn’t get out,” he joked. “You can find out what you needed to find out and see how it feels and all sorts of things. I’ve always had a very open conversation. I just said, ‘Hey, you can tell me anything.’ I “I will be on your side.”
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Sambora gushed about how proud he is of Ava. “She is an amazing young woman with a bright future. She is just dedicated to being a good person,” he said.