Jon Bon Jovi's Hardest Dad Moment
News of Jon Bon Jovi’s eldest child and only daughters’ alleged drug overdose broke worldwide on Wednesday and the world is veracious for more information. What is his reaction? What does the man who, during his expansive career as a phenomenally successful musician and front man of the biggest band in the world, conscientiously avoided the ‘drugs’ in sex, drugs & rock n roll, have to say about his daughter being charged for drug offenses and being hospitalized for an alleged overdose? What are his thoughts about his baby girl possibly being expelled from college under their disciplinary guidelines at the age of 19?
Protective of his private life, Jon Bon Jovi is not going to share these thoughts with the world. Right now Jon Bon Jovi does not care that he is the most famous rock star on the planet and that this status creates an insatiable public curiosity for details of his private and family life. Right now Jon Bon Jovi is a man in incredible, heart wrenching pain. A man who received a phone call that no parent ever wants to receive at any time of day, let alone the quiet, dead of the night. Imagine this man, being woken from sleep to hear that his baby girl, his first born, had been rushed to hospital for an apparent drug overdose. What goes through his mind? Terror, pure, unadulterated, terror.
A million questions send his mind into overload, coupled with the urgent need to GO, to get to her and to see for himself that she is ok. That she is still his baby girl, albeit possibly worse for wear. Terrified, ashamed and confused, but still, at the very core of things, alive and in one piece for him to hold her and be her Dad.
Today Jon Bon Jovi is not ‘Jon Bon Jovi - Rock God’. He is Dad. A dad grappling with mixed emotions. He is relieved that his baby is alive, that those terrifying minutes or hours until he was by her side did not culminate in an ending that would have broken him forever. He is wondering what he could have done differently over the course of her whole life to prevent this. He is wondering if this might be his fault somehow. He is wondering how to explain this to his younger children. He is wondering how to shield her from the public desire for the information, how to protect her from the fallout and let this unfold like it does in a regular family.Continued on the next page