When Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi in the midst of their “Because We Can” tour in April for ‘personal reasons,’ rumors began to fly about the reason behind his sudden departure.
Some said Sambora’s battle with substance abuse had once again reared its head, while others stated that the guitarist and Jon Bon Jovi had been constantly fighting about money. Others, still, speculated that it was actually Bon Jovi’s wife Dorothea that wanted Sambora off of the tour, for reasons that suggested he was a bad influence.
Now, after months of wondering, Richie Sambora has finally addressed what he says is the real reason he left the tour…and we can mark the answer down as “none of the above.”
This morning, on Australia’s Today show, the rocker revealed that he had simply wanted to spend more time with his 16-year-old daughter, Ava.
“I just figured 30 years; you gotta figure 24/7. I think people don’t understand exactly what that means,” Sambora began. “You don’t get to come home. There’s a huge sacrifice in that. I missed a lot of my daughter’s life.”
The guitarist also says that he didn’t expect to leave so abruptly, but just found that it was necessary for both him and his family.
“Honestly I went out for the first leg of the tour, I had no idea this was going to happen,” Sambora told Today. “I just started to spend time with my kid between legs and my spirit wouldn’t pull myself out of the door. I just needed to be home.”
Additionally, Sambora flat-out denies fighting with Jon Bon Jovi about money, though he does concede that every band has their “ups and downs.” Regardless, Richie seems to think he will be returning to the band in the future.
“I don’t think it’s going to be the end of the band or anything like that,” Sambora said.
In the meantime, Bon Jovi has replaced Sambora with guitarist Philip “Phil X” Xenidis; a New Jersey who has stepped into Sambora’s shoes in the past. The band still has several tour dates left in 2013, with shows planned in Canada, Japan and Australia from now through December 17.
Bon Jovi released their 12th studio album, What About Now? on March 12 of this year.
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