Richie Sambora: I'm in a "Very Good Place" With Ex-Wife Heather Locklear

Celebrity News Sep. 26, 2012 AT 7:30PM
Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora on October 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora on October 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage

Time healed all wounds for Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear.

More than five years after the rocker and the Melrose Place actress ended their 13-year-marriage, the "Every Road Leads Home to You" singer said they've made amends -- and it's not just because they share 50/50 custody of 15-year-old Ava.

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"We're very good. It's actually even beyond for [our daughter's] sake," Sambora, 53, said on Access Hollywood Live September 25. "Heather and I really respect each other and we've become better friends, I think, now that we're not married."

Adding that they "go out all the time as a family," Sambora said he's currently "in a very good place" with the '90s TV icon, 51.

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Sambora -- who ended his on-and-off romance with Locklear's former pal, Denise Richards, 41, in June -- also opened up about life with Ava.

Richie Sambora and daughter Ava Sambora on May 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
Richie Sambora and daughter Ava Sambora on May 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
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"Throughout my parenting I have given her a moral barometer, because when they become teenagers, they're going to be away from you more than they're going to be with you," the Bon Jovi guitarist explained. "They're going to make their own decisions."

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"She's dating. She's already dated," Sambora added. "I have a nice big house and I make sure all the kids come over to my place so I get a chance to [meet] them."

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