Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has broken his silence about his current absence from the group's Because We Can World Tour, although he hasn't exactly revealed what's going on.
Just after Jon Bon Jovi told the U.K. Standard that "it's getting more and more difficult every day to not just say something," Sambora told Britain's Daily Mail that "Enough with the trash-talking -- Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine, working very hard on my fashion company, and this is a private matter. I don't have any major problems in my life right now. I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. They've paid money to see Bon Jovi, and right now they're not getting the whole deal."
Sambora added that he feels Bon Jovi "wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He's making it very difficult for me to come back."
Sambora has been off the road since the second leg of the group's tour began in Canada during early April. He's been replaced by Phil X, who also filled in when Sambora missed part of the group's 2011 tour during a stint in rehab.
But earlier this year Sambora told us that he had put systems in place in his life to help maintain his sobriety:
"Y'know, I'm a guy who's fallen down in the public eye and got back up and fallen down again and got back up again...You have to put a system into place, and that's what I've done...I obviously work with a life coach that keeps me lined up. I'm involved with other people that are in recovery. I take singing lessons. I started taking guitar lessons for the first time in my life, at age 52. So...I feel like a kid again."
Bon Jovi is touring Europe through July 4, then returns to the U.S. for five July stadium shows. The group also plays Rock In Rio on September 20 and will tour Australia in December.
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