Richie Sambora Opens Up on Bon Jovi Departure: 'It Was My Daughter and My Family'

Guitarist also notes he may still rejoin the band.

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Richie Sambora has been speaking with Australia's The Music about his reasons for leaving Bon Jovi.

As Sambora notes, his decision to call time on the band was motivated by his daughter and his family:

"I missed so much of my daughter's life and my heart was breaking.

"I know [leaving Bon Jovi] wasn't a popular decision that I made, but… 30 years is a good run. It's almost unheard of. I had to make a pretty unpopular decision, but I had a chance to go to my kid's parent teacher night, her sweet 16 birthday party, I got to go and watch her cheerlead - honestly, that bond needed to be done. I missed it.

"I missed so much of her life and she's all I got. My wife [actress Heather Locklear] and I are obviously divorced, and I want to be a dad."

Sambora also noted that he had no malice towards the other band members and expected that he would record and tour with Bon Jovi again:

"I said very openly it should have been a bit longer [between tours]," he said. "We had just had two massive tours back to back.

"I needed a little more time home to be with the family, but the guys wanted to go, so that's cool. I don't think it's the end of the organisation or the end of the band at any point. People grow at different speeds and they have different desires.

"But I have no malice whatsoever. And I think at some point we'll make some more records and go out and tour again, but it's time for a break, man."

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    While Jon Bon Jovi's daughter is doing blow and pooping in people's beds...ya, I know, its weird but my brother goes to College with her and she's mega-f'd up!
    His daughters hot as f*ck, and I know all you perverts over 18 are thinking the same but can't say because the NSA will send the Men In Black to finger you.
    Hey, are you Irish? It's a very Irish thing to say that someone's gonna "finger you". I'm being deadly serious here btw!
    If it makes him feel any better, no one cares about Bon Jovi anyway.
    Yeah, the couple million people that go to their concerts throughout a year don't care.