Richie Sambora on Leaving Bon Jovi: ‘I’m Really Glad I Did It’

Richie Sambora said his decision to walk away from Bon Jovi on the eve of a 2013 tour to take care of his teenage daughter Ava was the correct one for his family.

“It wasn’t a popular decision by any means, obviously, but there was really almost no choice about it,” he said in a new video at People. “I’m really glad I did it. It’s certainly worked out for our family. [Ex-wife] Heather [Locklear] is doing very, very well now, and Ava’s doing phenomenally.”

The words echo what a source close to the family told the same magazine in October, shortly after the family celebrated the 23rd birthday of Ava, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University earlier in the year. “It was the right decision to step off the stage to be a full-time father,” explained the source. “At the end, he was suffering being on the road so much. Richie has no regrets about leaving the band.”

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