EXCLUSIVE: Jon Bon Jovi dishes on having one of the strongest marriages in Hollywood: 'I am just a lucky guy'

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Jon Bon Jovi is opening up about his family life and where he's at in his relationship with former Bon Jovi band member Richie Sambora.

After Sambora left Bon Jovi's 2013 tour to spend more time with his daughter, Ava, rumors started swirling that there was a feud between the guitarist and the band's lead singer, but Bon Jovi tells ET's Nischelle Turner that couldn't have been further from the truth.

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"I said it from day one: we had no ill will," Bon Jovi says. "He just didn't show up for work anymore."

While Bon Jovi admits he hasn't spoken to Sambora face-to-face in years, he did have a pleasant correspondence with his former bandmate on Twitter over the summer.

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SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live on stage on Day 3 at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi And Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi And Richie Sambora (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
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AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'Dance Contest' - Airdate June 11, 1985. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BON JOVI
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs on stage circa 1986. (Photo by Mike Cameron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Singer Jon Bon Jovi and bassist Alec John Such of Bon Jovi perform on stage circa 1987. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Jon Bon Jovi during Bon Jovi in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - August 1, 1987 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Bon Jovi on 4/3/89 inMinneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
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Jon Bon Jovi perfrms in concert circa 1992 in New York City. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Jon Bon Jovi poses for photographs during the 'Bed of Roses' video shoot in 1993 in Death Valley, Nevada. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - 21st JULY: Jon Bon Jovi from American rock group Bon Jovi performs live on stage at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York on 21st July 1995. (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)
Bon Jovi Gibt Mini-Konzert Im Hamburger Cafe Fees . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
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Will Ferrell, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 6: Jon Bon Jovi, musician and now co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul AFL football team speaks with the media after Philadelphia Magazine named him one of the 22 'People to Watch' that will change Philadelphia at Tiffany & Co. November 6, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 22 people were selected not only because of their success, but Philadelphia Magazine believes will become household names in the next decade. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi performs 'It's My Life' during 32nd Annual American Music Awards - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for American Music Awards)
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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 5: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi holds up his 'City of Philadelphia Brotherly Love Award' during the Liberty Medal Gala October 5, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton received the 2006 Liberty Medal for their efforts in helping raise more than $1 billion for disaster relief efforts. (Photo by Tim Shaffer-Pool/Getty Images)
Bon Jovi performs live Opening Night at the Prudential Center October 25, 2007 Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 27: Jon Bon Jovi co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul celebrates at the end of the Arena Bowl XXII at the New Orleans Arena on July 27, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Philadelphia Soul defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59 to 56. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1563 -- Air Date 12/12/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs on stage at the Sydney Football Stadium on December 17, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Musician Jon Bon Jovi looks on before the New England Patriots play against the New York Jets on November 13, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 37-16. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Musician Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley (R) attend The Cinema Society With Chrysler & Bally Host The Premiere Of 'Stand Up Guys' After Party at The Plaza Hotel on December 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live for fans at Etihad Stadium on the first show of his 2013 Australian Tour on December 7, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and National recording artist Jon Bon Jovi hang out before the start of NFL game action against New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live on stage on Day 3 at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
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Following the August release of Bon Jovi's latest single, "This House Is Not for Sale," Sambora tweeted his congratulations, writing, "Congrats to all the guys on the new single!"

Sambora and his girlfriend, Orianthi, also shared a video in which he tells the band, "God bless. Good luck. Hope you guys do great ... big love."

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Bon Jovi later replied, tweeting, "Thanks Richie and Orianthi. Look forward to hearing your record too ... all the best, JBJ."

It's no wonder Bon Jovi could be so understanding of Sambora's exit. If any celebrity knows the importance of spending time with one's family, it's him. After all, Bon Jovi's 27-year-marriage to Dorothea Hurley is one of the strongest in show business.

"I am just a lucky guy," Bon Jovi says. "I got it right the first time. It is just that simple. And I would not trade it."

The couple shares four children together (Stephanie, 23, Jesse, 21, Jacob, 14, and Romeo, 12), and their oldest son, Jesse, plays football for Notre Dame.

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"I got all the Notre Dame swag. I mean all I could ever want!" Bon Jovi gushes.

And while the 54-year-old musician enjoys being able to relish in the normalcy of cheering on his son from the stands, he admits that it's usually short-lived.

"I'm just one of the dads," Bon Jovi explains, "but then the marching band starts playing 'Livin' on a Prayer.'"


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