Bon Jovi former lead guitarist Richie Sambora opened up about his decision to leave the band back in 2013 in order to spend more time with his family and revealed that he did not have another choice but to leave the band for his daughter.

As you may remember, Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi prior to a concert as a part of the Because We Can Tour after working with the band for three decades and co-writing most of the group’s iconic hits over the years with the frontman Jon Bon Jovi.

The main reason for Sambora’s departure was the need to be with his daughter, Ava Elizabeth Sambora as he revealed in an interview that his daughter needed him as much as he needed his daughter after years of touring and being away.

During a recent interview with People magazine, Richie Sambora, once again, opened up about his decision to leave Bon Jovi and revealed that it was not an easy choice. However, he stated that it was a necessity since his family had to come first, especially his daughter Ava who needed her father around.

Here is what Richie Sambora stated about his decision to leave Bon Jovi:

“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. 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. The family had to come first, and that’s what happened.”

Moreover, Sambora revealed that touring for months throughout his career with Bon Jovi for three decades was proof for him to take a break both for himself and his family since they did that 14 times over 31 years.

Here is what Richie said about the Bon Jovi tours:

“My lord, when I look back and start to list the tours … 18-and-a-half months of being on the road, 52 countries. It’s like, Wow. It was really time for a break. We did that 14 times over a 31-year period.”

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