Despite the fact that Richie Sambora hasn’t been on tour with Bon Jovi, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi says “He’s absolutely still a member of the band.”
The 51-year-old heartthrob tells Ellen DeGeneres the dispute with the fame guitarist is a “personal matter,” but “we love him very much.”
Although there have been rumors that the dispute is over Richie’s struggles with addiction, RumorFix sources say it’s really over ego and money.
When Ellen asked, “He’s still your guitarist?” Jon replied, “Absolutely.”
That’s in line with what Richie is telling his friends.
He’s calling the whole thing “a hiccup in a 30-year-marriage.” And, he certainly expects to be back on tour telling close friends, “I am Bon Jovi, of course I’ll be back.”