Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is telling friends that Jon Bon Jovi’s team is feeding the press with lies about the rock star.
“Richie does not have a substance abuse issue — in fact, he’s been sober for about a year,” one of Richie’s friends tells RumorFix exclusively, disputing reports that Jon is upset that Richie is a “hard partier.”
Richie’s friends are also denying that the rocker was “kicked off” the tour. “He always planned on taking a few days off so he could have meetings for his new clothing line called NikkiRich with fashion designer Nikki Lund,” our source says.
The dispute between the two rock idols is over egos, says our source. “Richie thinks Jon is a big control freak.”
“It’s like a marriage,” Richie is telling friends, “there are problems,” and he calls this argument “a hiccup in a 30-year-marriage.”
Richie is telling friends he expects to have their dispute resolved in time for Bon Jovi’s live performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 19.