Jon Bon Jovi has opened up about the day his 19-year-old daughter overdosed on heroin.
"It was horrible, a horrible moment. It was my worst moment as a father," he tells the British newspaper The Daily Mirror.
The 51-year-old rocker recalls getting a 2 a.m. call from his daughter Stephanie Bongiovi, who was phoning him from a hospital near her upstate New York college.
"The first thing she said, 'I'm all right,' but then she said this is what happened," Bon Jovi remembers. "You wake up, you shake it off and put your shoes on and say, 'OK, I am on the way home.'"
Bongiovi, a student at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and her 21-year-old companion, Ian Grant, were initially arrested in November and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Those charges were later dropped because of a New York state law that prohibits prosecution of people who have overdosed, as well as those who help them seek medical care.
For Bon Jovi, who says he has never touched drugs despite his rock-star life, the incident was a wake-up call as a father.
"She was by no means sticking needles in her arms," he tells the Mirror. "But there's a lot of synthetic stuff in the world and a lot of temptation and access and pressures that just a generation ago you and I didn't know about.”
Bon Jovi also discusses with the Mirror lead guitarist Richie Sambora abruptly leaving the band's tour for "personal reasons."
"Love him, spoken to him once. I talked to him once, once in six weeks and 18 shows," Bon Jovi says. "He's not fired; we didn't have a fight. It certainly isn't about money."
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