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Harmony of Roles: Richie Sambora’s Juggling Act Between Bon Jovi and Fatherhood

Renowned former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, not only a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer but also a devoted father, recently shared insights into balancing his rockstar life with parenthood in an exclusive interview with People Magazine. Despite the demands of touring with Bon Jovi, Sambora emphasized maintaining a strong connection with his daughter. He revealed his approach:

“Whenever I reached a location, I made it a point to come home whenever possible. I had a reserve of funds that allowed me to hop on a private plane, spend the day with my daughter, and then hop back on to head to the gig. And I did that quite a bit.” Recalling a poignant moment during a tour in Australia, Sambora narrated an instance when his younger daughter, Ava, had a father-daughter dance at school:

“People thought I was crazy because I had three days off in Australia, and she had a daddy/daughter dance when she was 8. I said, ‘Don’t tell her, but I’m coming home.’ With a 12½ hour flight and time zone differences, it was insane. But I figured it out, surprised her, and those are the kind of things, in any relationship obviously, but it needed to be done when I was sometimes gone. It was very, very important to me.”

Sambora’s Departure from Bon Jovi: Prioritizing Parenting for Daughter Ava

Formerly the lead guitarist for Bon Jovi for an impressive 30 years until his retirement in 2013, Richie Sambora made a pivotal decision to step away from the stage to dedicate more time to his daughter, Ava. While his departure initially faced some criticism, Sambora remains steadfast in his belief that family should always come first, expressing contentment with his choice. In a candid interview with People Magazine in December 2020, he reflected:

“It wasn’t a popular decision by any means, obviously, but there was really almost no choice about it. I had a lot of conscious work to do around [my personal life]. We’ve been through a lot of things together. That was a time of psychological maintenance for the family. You know, I ain’t no angel. But I realized, Ava needed me to be around at that point in time. Family had to come first, and that’s what happened.”

Emphasizing his love for fatherhood above all else, Sambora shared: “Luckily, I was making enough money to have a private plane, get my ass home, and see my kid, even if it was only for one day. If it was Halloween, it was boom, home.” From grappling with addiction problems during his time as Bon Jovi’s lead guitarist to embracing a full-time role as a family man, Richie Sambora has undergone a significant and fulfilling transformation.

Daddy’s Girl: Ava Sambora Expresses Gratitude for Richie’s Dedication


In the reciprocal sentiment between Ricky and Ava, gratitude flows both ways. In the same 2020 interview, Ava expressed profound appreciation for her father’s unwavering support, recounting:

“He showed up to every dance recital I performed in and attended all of my school functions, no matter how far he had to travel.” Reflecting on the earlier mentioned 12-hour flight, she added: “He even flew all the way from Australia to surprise me at my father-daughter dance.” Ava, having recently earned her master’s degree in psychology, is now gearing up for a doctorate, a journey fully supported and celebrated by her proud father

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