The tragic story of Stephanie, the daughter of Jon Bon Jovi

A perfect life? Almost.
A rock legend
Happily married since 1989
The scare that no one expected
She was 19 years old
Unaware of his daughter's addiction
Overdosed in her dorm room
First thing: call dad
'The worst moment of my life'
Legal repercussions
'Good Samaritan Law'
Forgiveness within the family
Teaching the world about substance abuse
Generous even in the hardest moments
Complete cleanup and start over
The eldest of four siblings
Different lines of work
Stephanie Rose Bongiovi
A perfect life? Almost.

Jon Bon Jovi seems to have a perfect life. But not all is gold that glitters for the rock star.

A rock legend

The singer and his band have been rocking for more than 40 years, they have sold more than 130 million copies, he is a millionaire, handsome, has great hair and, in addition, he is pleasant, generous and committed. When Jon Bon Jovi is not working, he is dedicating his time to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

Happily married since 1989

If all that were not enough, the singer has a perfect family. Married to Dorothea Hurley since 1989, they have four wonderful children who never give them any worries.

Or so we thought.

The scare that no one expected

Despite the fact that Jon Bon Jovi is responsible and attentive towards his children, he could not prevent that his only daughter, Stephanie Rose (1993) fell into the pit of substance abuse. It nearly killed her.

She was 19 years old

It happened in 2012, in Stephanie's freshman year at college, when she was only 19 years old. Jon Bon Jovi remembers it as "my worst moment as a father."

Unaware of his daughter's addiction

As he told People magazine, "I'm as surprised as the next parent to come across this situation. I had no idea. Steph is a great girl. Good grades, great at college, everything was idyllic... "

Overdosed in her dorm room

One night, when Stephanie Rose was in her bedroom at Hamilton College with a friend, she overdosed on a highly dangerous substance that left her unconscious on the floor of the room, 'Rockcelebrities' reports.

First thing: call dad

Quickly transferred to a hospital, the young woman initially failed to respond to stimuli. After a while, though, the doctors managed to revive her and save her life. When she came to, the first thing Stephanie Rose did was call her father.

'The worst moment of my life'

In an interview with Metro, Jon Bon Jovi referred to that call as "the worst moment of my life."

Legal repercussions

Obviously, there was a difficult talk between father, mother and daughter, but before that, Stephanie Rose and her friend were charged with possession of illegal substances. So she did not just have an abuse problem but also legal issues on top of that.

'Good Samaritan Law'

Luckily, New York's 'Good Samaritan' law, which prohibits prosecuting someone who has been affected by excessive substance use, was applied to both students.

Forgiveness within the family

Within the family, problems were also resolved quite easily. Her parents asked for some space from the press in order to avoid too much embarrassment for the young woman.

 

Teaching the world about substance abuse

Yet, they didn't want to hide it either. Jon Bon Jovi was clear that the event was an opportunity to teach the world and show it the effects of dangerous substances.

Generous even in the hardest moments

The singer was aware that he was not the only, nor the last, father to go through such trauma. He wanted to give visibility to the recovery of his daughter and instill hope into those people who went through something similar.

Complete cleanup and start over

Jon Bon Jovi, Dorothea Hurley and Stephanie Rose worked together for months to get the young woman completely clean.

The eldest of four siblings

Stephanie Rose is the oldest of four siblings. The other three are boys: Romeo Jon, Jesse and Jacob Hurley. Obviously, the eldest sister had to give a good example to the boys.

Different lines of work

Since the tragic event, Stephanie Rose has worked as an assistant at the (now defunct) Weinstein Company, walked the runway as a model for Nikki Lund, and danced on stage with her father to the song he'd dedicated to her in 2000: 'I Got the Girl.'

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi

Currently, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi is a production assistant and is still completely clean. Her tragic story had a happy ending, though it could easily have gone otherwise.

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