Richie Sambora left the current Bon Jovi tour for "personal reasons." Nobody has really elaborated on what that means, but many have suspected that it is related to drugs. Sambora previously left a Bon Jovi tour for rehab and, in a recent interview, Jon Bon Jovi stated that Sambora has "been through it before."
But, Sambora has a different take on the subject. The guitarist tells the Daily Mail:
"My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash talking! Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine working very hard on my fashion company Nikki Rich and this is a private matter."
That is confusing.
If Sambora left the tour to focus on a fashion career, that's clearly not a "personal" reason, but a professional one. Also, it seems highly unlikely to be real reason. There clearly is a rift between Sambora and Bon Jovi.
The guitarist and front-man have been integral parts of Bon Jovi for 30 years. Now, Sambora says that fans, "are not getting the whole deal."