Jon Bon Jovi opened upabout his daughter’s drug overdose this weekend on Katie Couric’s new show Katie.
Bon Jovi’s daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, overdosed in her dorm room at Hamilton College in New York last November. The 19-year-old girl was using heroin at the time. Bongiovi was arrested, but the charges were later dropped.
The singer said that his daughter is doing fine now but that the experience really opened his eyes about the dangers of drugs. Bon Jovi said that, after the incident, he realized that there were many people who had sons or daughters killed by drug use.
Bon Jovi said: “Worst phone call ever … She’s doing great. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayer’s throughout. The problem is much more prevalent than I knew. I cannot get over how many people I’ve met that said ‘my son’ or ‘my daughter.’ It happens to all sorts of families all over.”
Bon Jovi said that there drugs are much more accessible to kids these days and that there is a lot of pressure on college students.
The singer added: “There’s a lot of pressure on kids these days. There’s a lot of access to things that my generation didn’t have. I’m just happy that she’s healthy and whole.”
Here’s a video of Jon Bon Jovi talking about his daughter.
Shortly after Bon Jovi’s daughter overdosed, the singer said that he had a similar experience when he was younger and that he was looking forward to helping his daughter move past this.
Bon Jovi said: “Thing happen. Live moves on. This tragedy was something that I had to face too so we’ll get through it. And people’s warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So we’re good.”
Bon Jovi, who recently put his NYC apartment up for sale for $42 million, also talked about his high school sweetheart Dorothea, touring with his band, and how he’s managed to stay relevant for three decades.