Ava Sambora helps her dad load up the car

03/27/2008 at 07:38 PM ET

Ava Elizabeth Sambora, the 10-year-old daughter of Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, 48, and actress Heather Locklear, 46, helped her father load up the car prior to a trip to Laguna Beach, CA today.

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BostonMom on

Wow, she is the absolute spitting image of her mother! Now those are some good genes to have!

Shan on

She looks so grown up for 10 years old. She looks a lot like her mom.

Nicole on

How is he driving?? He got arrested 2 days ago!!

Sarah’s note: He was released on his own recognizance and has yet to be charged. So until they get that together and he’s found/pleads guilty (if that’s the case), he’s fine to drive if they didn’t confiscate his license at the scene (which it seems they didn’t). His court date is May 7th.

Elizabeth on

As others have already said, she looks so much like her mom! Lucky girl.

Judyb on

Wow what a beautiful girl! She certainly looks like Heather.

Amanda on

Wow! My first thought was she looks EXACTLY like her mom! What a lucky girl!

Nikka on

She look like a rock star celeb baby, definitely. Also, I thought she’d be spending some time way from her dad after what happened yesterday (if it’s still true).

charsmom on

She IS beautiful …

btw: Wasn’t Richie just pulled over for DWI? And he is driving his daughter to the beach? That seems wrong to me …

Laura on

I think it’s cute that although she looks so grown up (and sooo much like mom Heather), she still has a doll in her bag! It’s nice seeing a 10 year old acting like a 10 year old.

heather on

She is 10?!?!?!? She is gorgeous.

How exactly is Dad driving? Was there not just a DUI like 2 days ago?

Sarah’s note: Reason upthread.

Melanie F. on

Wow she is a gorgeous little girl and looks so much like Heather, although I can see Richie in her also.

rosie on

I agree with everyone else. She looks gorgeous and so much like Heather!

Michelle on

I know everyone’s already said it, but when I saw the picture my first thought was “Holy cow! She looks like a mini-Heather”.

And my second thought was why on earth is she driving anywhere with her dad? I know legally nothing’s happened to him yet, but I’m surprised Heather is still letting him drive Ava around.

Colleen on

He hasn’t been charged with anything. He opted to take a blood test, which gives the most accurate results. With the blood test, you have to wait a few days for the results from the lab to come in. So, as of yet, he has not been charged with anything. Innocent until proven guilty, right?
That being said, anything could have happened in that car. Maybe his phone rang and he swerved as he answered the phone, so the cops pulled him over and smelled liquor on his breath. It’s possible he had only one drink and just smelled of liquor- we have no idea.
Also, it was reported that a few weeks ago Heather was having some issues with mental illness and was taken to the hospital. Maybe Richie has custody while Heather sorts out her issues?

Daze on

She’s beautiful. She is the spitting image of my 11 year old. Same hair, same nose and shape of face. Wow. Well, Heather is from NC and is also a member of the Lumbee tribe as well, we may be related. (Yes, blonde or not, Heather Locklear is Native American).

Allie on

To everyone who posts stuff about Heather not letting Ava ride with her dad.. you don’t know what actually happened. Sure there are reports but no one (meaning the Public) really knows the circumstances and what happened.

Colleen on

Wow. She looks so much like Heather. She’s beautiful!

Heather on

I know its been said a dozen times, but she really looks like her mom! She’s very pretty. Good to see her looking happy; I can imagine watching your dad get arrested can be quite upsetting.

mary on

This is the first picture I see of her and she is a mini me of her mother.

Stephanie on

This is the first pic I’ve seen of her in awhile and she looks so much more grown up. She looks just like Heather.

Allie on

To Daze – Heather is not from NC, she was born and raised in Southern California. She has “distant paternal ancestry”. Just for the record. Ava is beautiful though.

Cheri on

She’s beautiful… having said that… why would her mother allow her to drive with him again?

brooke on

Ava looks exactly like heather, so cute.

meghan on

Ava is certainly blossoming into a beautiful young lady. Also bear in mind, Heather would not place Ava in danger. She must have a very good reason to trust Richie with their daughter. Let’s wait until all the facts come to light before we form our opinions on the matter.

terri on

She looks more like Heather than I remember. And her hair is lighter.

elisabeth on

She is a GORGEOUS child! She looks so happy too! And she has little rocker style!

Monika on

she is a stunnign little girl, but there is no way in heck, i would allow my daughter in the car with him.

yaosa on

What a beautiful girl! I love the length of her hair! I see a nice mixture of both parents but definitely she has a lot of Heather.

Lucy on

I only ever see her smile like that when she’s with her father. This child worships him so much

the whole DUI thing is just a big mistake and will be rectified as soon as the blood tests are returned. Given Ava was with him, and there was no nanny present, Ava herself would have known whether her father had been drinking.

I hope Richie gets the apology he deserves from the public when that happens because it certainly isn’t fair.

Ericka on

She looks just like her mother!…wow.

I’m semi shocked along with everyone else that he’s allowed to drive….let alone Heather allowing her daughter to be driven around only days after that.

Lucy I think you’re in denial…he won’t be given an apology. He was drunk & he was driving….plain and simple.

Jennifer on

Ava is a beautiful little girl! She looks so much like her mom!

Lucy on

Ericka, until the blood test results are returned how could you possibly know that? He hasn’t even been charged with anything yet! Plus he was let go on his own recognizance he didn’t have to post bail or anything

I love how people have made their minds up already, truly. The police haven’t but the public have. Isn’t that justice right there? Especially since we don’t even have all the facts.

Ava looks beautiful, happy and well cared for by her father. That is the bottom line and the rest will all come clear when the facts are disclosed via the blood test.

Renee on

She looks just like her mom. It’s none of our business. This is all between Heather and Richie. She is their daughter, not ours.If Heather feels comfortable enough for him to drive around their daughter,we should accept that.

Sheri on

Oh my goodness – I did a double-take when I saw this picture. She looks EXACTLY like Heather … but taller like her Dad. What a beautiful little girl. I haven’t seen a picture of her in awhile – she is really growing into a pretty young lady. Wow, 10 looks a lot older now than it was in my day!

Aria on

Oh my goodness she looks like her father!! THAT SMILE is all Sambora!

She’s stunning.

Black on

Lucy, I totally agree with you.
Let’s wait and see what happens when the results come.

And I also think that Ava is one stunning gorgeous girl, and indeed also see the resemblance with both her parents.
And it’s true that we only see her smile like this on pictures when she spends time with her adoring dad.
They seem to have a great bond here.
I think it’s so nice to see they enjoy their time together.
Love to see more pictures of Ava!

And I love the name, If I get a little girl, I will use it forsure.

Sarita on

If he had not been drinking why didn’t he just do the blow test and get it over with? I’m sorry but if you have not had anything to drink you will take the fastest route to being cleared.

About the photo: she is the spitting image of her mother! Unbelievable.

tink1217 on

wow she really does look so much like Heather!!!! Gorgeous girl!! Hope the whole situation is rectified. As long as Richie gets help.

JenJen on

Totally agree.. first thing that went thru my head… is wow she looks so much like her mom.

sushi on

isn’t Reese witherspoon’s daughter also named Ava Elizabeth?
she’s beautiful.

Carol on

Wow she looks like mom. I would think her mother would not have allowed her to go with her dad if there was a problem with drunk driving so it’s best not to judge.

Michelle on

She is a gorgeous girl like her mom! Beautiful mix of both parents.

Beks on

Actually, I think I am in the minority….I see more Richie in her face than Heather. I see Heather, like the eyes, but everything else looks like her dad minus the blonde hair😆

Olivia on

Ya she looks a lot like Heather I thought “wow” thats heather when i first saw. But she also looks like richie.

Judyb on

Maybe the hat is what makes people think Ava looks older? I think she looks cute. I have seen ten year olds with tons of makeup and crop tops. She is not wearing any makeup and she is dressed appropriately for a preteen. She appears to be tall (long legged) but we can’t really tell how tall she is because she is by herself. She is a beautiful.

Jen on

Someone looks like Mommy!

kim on

I love Heather’s work and I think she is a timeless beauty. That being said I have to say her daughter is the most beautiful young girl I have seen in forever. She looks just like her mom and at the same time she looks her age, not like other young children in Hollywood, whose parents forget they are children. Heather really seems to be a great mother.

lenona on

Kim, her father is the one currently looking after her and when the truth comes out with regard to this suspected DUI people will realise that all the more.

What exactly is Heather doing these days anyway? I agree Ava is the most beautiful child but her father is a big big part in keeping her a little girl. She never has a smile like that with her mother, and Heather certainly does have a knack for smothering this little girl in make up. Her father certainly doesnt if anything I think she’s dressed very much like he does in these pictures lol. She’s Daddy’s girl for definite

Caturday on

This young lady is gorgeous just like her mom.
What a little heartbreaker !!
She should get into modeling..

Doreen on

Wow, my first thought was–and it’s apparently everyone else’s also–, she looks like a younger version of her Mom! She’s Heather’s spitting image just as much as Reese’s daughter Ava looks like her!🙂 Very cool and this girl looks older than 10 I agree!

Nicole on

what a beautiful girl!

I see alot of Heather in her. Gorgeous mom and daughter.

J.M. on

Wow that is a mini Heather if I ever saw one!! Gorgeous!

Di on

I can’t believe that Heather has not gone to court to keep Richie from driving with her daughter. Here is what we know: We know Richie has some kind of a substance abuse problem and we know that his driving recently aroused the suspicion of the police which is why he was pulled over and arrested. Just because charges have not been filed does not mean Richie did not do anything or at least the very least exercised poor judgment. I would not feel safe leaving my child with Richie.

gina on

HMM!!! It seems like celebrities get special treatment. I CANNOT believe he did not automatically,like everyone else,loose his liscense!!! HE was arrested for dui and had his child in the car!!! Can you imagine how many times he was drinking and driving with his kid in the car? He could of killed his child! There is no excuse for drinking and driving. You can take a cab or get a designated driver! MY NEICE WAS NOT AS LUCKY. MY SISTER got hit by a drunk driver.Her 5 yr.old daughter was in the back seat in a seatbelt and was hit from behind. The impact killed her. My sister survived the crash and ha not been the same.AND GUESS WHO ALSO SURVIVED THE CRASH? THE DRUNK DRIVER WHO GOT 15 years but that person still has his life. My innocent neice died in the hands of someone being drunk. I hope Sambora gets help because if he continues to drink and drive someone may loose their life.And most likely it the innocent ones.

leslie on

aaw!!! she looks like her mom!!!!

Renee on

Di, don’t you think you’re being a tad overdramatic. We don’t know all the facts and again I say it’s none of our business. If Heather didn’t feel her daughter was safe, she would have gone to court but she didn’t and gave him permission to spend time with their daughter. Some of you act like he doesn’t deserve to see his daughter. Even people in prison get the chance to see their kids.

Black on

That’s one gorgeous girl, looks like both Heather & Richie.
Would love to to see more pictures of her, especially with Richie.
And I agree with Lucy, let’s wait until the results come in.

Love the name Ava too.

Oh the joys of being a celeb on

Oh come on you guys! Dont give me the “oh nothing is proven yet” argument. Yes that is correct that it may be false, however having read these boards for a while, had it been someone like Britney Spears who had only been SUSPECTED of drunk driving NO ONE would WAIT until it was proven or disproven. There would be over 100 messgaes here saying what a terrible parent she was and much more…Its a shame that some celebs are forgiven and others never are.

Oh the joys of being a celeb on

Oh come on you guys! Dont give me the “oh nothing is proven yet” argument. Yes that is correct that it may be false, however having read these boards for a while, had it been someone like Britney Spears who had only been SUSPECTED of drunk driving NO ONE would WAIT until it was proven or disproven. There would be over 100 messgaes here saying what a terrible parent she was and much more…Its a shame that some celebs are forgiven and others never are.

Oh the joys of being a celeb on

Oh come on you guys! Dont give me the “oh nothing is proven yet” argument. Yes that is correct that it may be false, however having read these boards for a while, had it been someone like Britney Spears who had only been SUSPECTED of drunk driving NO ONE would WAIT until it was proven or disproven. There would be over 100 messgaes here saying what a terrible parent she was and much more…Its a shame that some celebs are forgiven and others never are.

Oh the joys of being a celeb on

Oh come on you guys! Dont give me the “oh nothing is proven yet” argument. Yes that is correct that it may be false, however having read these boards for a while, had it been someone like Britney Spears who had only been SUSPECTED of drunk driving NO ONE would WAIT until it was proven or disproven. There would be over 100 messgaes here saying what a terrible parent she was and much more…Its a shame that some celebs are forgiven and others never are.

emerald green on

I think that Richie was just a little under and felt bad that his dad died, and he just went through a divorce. I feel bad for him and Ava. I couldn’t imagine people saying to me, Oh look at you dad… what a bad guy, cause he is NOT!!

She is very beutiful though. I think she has nice hair too.

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