After more than 20 successful years in music, Jon Bon Jovi knows the meaning and value of hard work, something he wishes to pass onto his kids, Stephanie Rose, 14, Jesse James Louis, 12, Jacob Hurley, 5, and Romeo Jon, 3, with his wife of 18 years, Dorothea. Determined to keep them grounded, the 45-year-old rocker wants to teach them a good work ethic and not to spoil them with the finer things in life just because he can – his kids have never had credit cards and only recently got cell phones.
If they see my work ethic, maybe that will instill that in them. I work hard at whatever I do, whether it’s the football team, the philanthropic work or making records.
Jon hopes Stephanie will learn that this summer during her internship at Interview magazine in New York City. The lifelong New Jersey denizen, who will soon relocate the clan to the city for "stimulation" and in support of Stephanie’s pursuit of a fashion career, surmises her experience will be much like his first gig at his cousin Tony Bongiovi’s Power Station recording studio, where he had to start from the ground up.
Believe me, it wasn’t all that romantic. It wasn’t like Mick Jagger said, ‘Come on in, sit down.’ He said, ‘Get me a f***in’ cup of coffee and get out.’ I’m intending for it to be more like that for her.
As he and Bon Jovi prepare to release their 10th studio album, Lost Highway, on Tuesday, Jon admits he has no clue what his children think of his music after all these years.
I don’t know. I do sometimes corner them in the car on the way to school and ask them what they think about a mix of a new song, but I never make them listen to a whole record. I’ve heard Richie [Sambora] and Dave [Bryan] say they played their kids a DVD of our old concerts from 20 years ago, and they were laughing. But I’ve never done that.
Should he travel back down memory lane with them, Jon believes his kids would too be in hysterics over his killer ’80s mane and get-ups.
Sure they would. I laugh at it – it’s part of growing up in public.