Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora says he owes his sobriety in part to his 15-year-old daughter Ava.
In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, the 53-year-old musician reveals that Ava was “a big part” of his decision to go to rehab last year.
“She (Ava) was like an angel to me, man… that was the catalyst for me actually getting sober.”
Richie, who split from Ava’s mom Heather Locklear in 2006, says he’s thankful for the time he spent at the facility, saying, “People look at rehab as a bad thing … I looked at it as an opportunity to do something positive for myself.”
“Luckily I wasn’t that guy who lost his band, his family, his house and his job,” he adds. “I wasn’t a victim.”