“Jon Bon Jovi had his ego hit hard when daughter Stephanie overdosed on heroin on November 14, 2012 in her college dorm. Since then Jon has been distraught and even angrier to business associates and friends. Jon said point-blank to Richie’s face, ‘I thought an overdose would have come from a daughter of yours, not mine.’”Personally, I think if Jon had actually said said that, Richie would have walked out there and then, not sit through the whole first leg of the tour stewing over it (and displaying remarkable acting skills). And why would Jon be suggesting the media ask Richie what happened, if he had said what Hollyscoop is claiming?
It was this low-blow comment from Jon to Richie that basically ended whatever relationship they DID have. Sources say that since Jon’s daughter’s overdose, Jon has gotten even angrier and more cruel to Richie. Richie has always maintained that his exit was for "private reasons" that he would not go into. We now know that this "private matter" was actually Jon's belittling.
“Richie just went quietly and played for 20 plus shows that ended in late February, but when he had to return on April 2 for the next leg, Richie decided he wasn’t being paid enough to go through with all the cruelty from Jon,” adds the source.
Also, the first leg finished in March, not February. But this is just another thing to add to the melting pot of speculation.
Richie, meanwhile, has tweeted again...
Hey everybody, there's nothing I can say right now cause nothing is resolved. I thank you all for your loyalty and concern...— Richie Sambora (@TheRealSambora) May 25, 2013
...as has Jon's little brother Matt...
One GUARANTEE. Bon Jovi isn't going anywhere. Do yourselves a favor and don't believe everything you read. So called press fishing 4 scoop— Matthew Bongiovi (@MatthewBongiovi) May 25, 2013
There also seems to be a bunch of fans repeatedly tweeting this for some reason:
@BonJovi @MatthewBongiovi @TheRealSambora Need explanations They ran out of excuses.Richie&Jon gives the face,assumes #WeWantSamboraBackfollowed by a number, which I'm assuming is added because Twitter bars you from posting duplicate tweets from the same account. Apart from the #WeWantSamboraBack hashtag at the end, I'm not even sure what the tweet means. Then again, it's probably a fitting reflection of the chaos and confusion in Jovi Land right now.