This week’s cover story of PEOPLE Magazine features an incredibly in-depth interview with Jon Bon Jovi, discussing the balance between family life and his over three decade career, where he admits being rock’s perennial “sex symbol” never appealed to him. “I’m not a journeyman. I know some people who are applause junkies. I’m not.”
Bon Jovi is set to go out on tour to promote their new album This House Is Not For Sale, something that Jon always does “kicking and screaming. You see my fingernails in the driveway.” He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Dorothea, for 27 years, and together they have four children, daughter Stephanie, 23, and sons Jesse, 21, Jacob 14, and Romeo 12.
Coming back home after being away on tour has its struggles as well Bon Jovi says. “You go from that life of vampires … then suddenly you’re taking the garbage out and the kids to school, going to bed at 10:30. It’s a dramatic change! In a perfect world you’d go to a place like astronauts and decompress for a few days before they let you out into the real world.”