Jon Bon Jovi has denied reports that he pushed Richie Sambora from the band for his hard-partying lifestyle.
A source had claimed that Jon's wife Dorothea wanted to keep their tour free of drink and drugs, and that Sambora's stream of drinking with "Hollywood bimbos" was a negative influence.
Now Jon has disputed these claims, and says Sambora really did quit to deal with the personal issues that were originally given as his reason for departure.
"I think Richie's doing all right, [but] I haven't spoken to him," he told the Austin American Statesman. "We were surprised. It was 3:30 on show day on Tuesday and we got a phone call that he wouldn't be there. It's a personal matter."
The only public word from Sambora on the matter is a recent tweet addressing fans:
"Thank you everyone for your concern. I'm well, but had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon."
Clearly Sambora does have some personal issues which mean he can't function on tour, and maybe Jon Bon Jovi did put some pressure on the guitarist to straighten up his act. But according to these latest comments, Sambora really did leave on his own accord in the end.
"Don't believe what you read on TMZ because it's the furthest thing from the truth," added Jon.