Jon Bon Jovi: I Was “Shocked” About Daughter Stephanie Bongiovi’s Drug Overdose

Jon Bon Jovi and his daughter Stephanie Rose backstage at the White Trash Beautiful fashion show at the IndigO2 in London.  PA Photos /Landov

It's been several weeks since Jon Bon Jovi's daughter overdosed on heroin in her college dorm room, and the rocker is still struggling to make sense of what happened.

On Nov. 14, 19-year-old Stephanie Bongiovi and her friend, Ian S. Grant, were arrested at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Charges were later dropped due to recently amended state laws; she recovered from the overdose at a local hospital.

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"I didn't have any sisters . . . There was no manual," Bon Jovi, 50, told the Associated Press Dec. 3 of raising a daughter. "So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down."

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The "It's My Life" rocker continued, "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. 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," he insisted. "Great GPA. Cool school, Hamilton College up in Clinton, New York. Everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline."

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Bon Jovi — who has four children with wife Dorothea Hurley — said he's glad "we caught it when we did" and hopes "that's the end" of his daughter's troubles. "I'm confident, but no one knows the future," he told the Associated Press. "It is what it is."

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