Jon Bon Jovi opens up more about daughter's drug arrest, 'steep decline'
Jon Bon Jovi recently opened up more about his daughter's recent drug arrest, citing her "sudden and steep decline."
"I didn't have any sisters," Bon Jovi told the Associated Press in an interview published on December 3. "We bring home this girl the first day. Now what? Where's the manual? There was no manual. So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down. I appreciate the outpouring of kindness in light of what happened in my household."
"I'm shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea," he continued. "But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that's where we're at with it. Steph is a great kid. Great GPA. Cool school, Hamilton College up in Clinton, N.Y. Everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that's the end of it. But who knew? I've got three more to come."
Bongiovi, 19, was hospitalized earlier this month and was charged with drug possession after police responded to an emergency call at Hamilton College in New York. She and a male student were arrested for drug possession. The charges were later dropped due to a state law that exempts people who suffer overdoses or those who report them from being prosecuted for drug cases.
On November 21, the rock legend talked to a local Fox television station in Los Angeles in an interview to promote the new film "Stand Up Guys," explaining how the unfortunate event rocked his whole family.
"This tragedy was something I had to face too," Bon Jovi told the station. "So, we'll get through it and people's incredible warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So, we're good. We're good."
Bongiovi is the singer's eldest child. He and wife Dorothea have three younger sons.
Bon Jovi is also an actor. He began his on-screen career with a small role in the 1990 film "Young Guns II" and went on to star in movies such as "Moonlight and Valentino" and "U-571" and also had a recurring part on the show "Ally McBeal."
He is not a cast member of "Stand Up Guys," but rather contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the crime comedy, which is set for a limited release in the United States on December 14 before hitting more theaters in February 2013.