Jon Bon Jovi had many reasons to celebrate at Tuesday's Winter Whites Gala in London — some more obvious than others.
Not only was the ageless rocker honored by Prince William for his humanitarian work, he was surrounded by his family — and they looked healthy and happy, and were having and a good time.
Last year, things weren't as picture perfect for the Bon Jovi clan. The singer's only daughter, Stephanie, suffered an apparent heroin overdose in her Hamilton College dorm room in upstate New York on Nov. 14, 2012. At the time, the 51-year-old star spoke out about the incident and said he had "no idea" the 20-year-old had been experiencing personal troubles, calling her a "great kid. Great GPA. … She was doing great, then a sudden and steep decline."
The blonde, who's the eldest child of Bon Jovi and his high school sweetheart wife Dorothea, looked beautiful in a white and black floor-length gown with side-swept hair as she posed for family photos with her parents and brothers Jacob, 11, and Romeo, 9. (Jesse, 18, was not with the family.)
The group seemed jovial and in good spirits, posing with Prince William, who presented Bon Jovi with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his charity work, for a few snapshots. Stephanie was also with her dad chatting up Taylor Swift. (Both William — yes, the prince! — and Swift also later sang backup for Bon Jovi during his performance of "Livin' on a Prayer," which has gone viral.)
Since her hospitalization, Stephanie has been spotted out with her father many times in New York City and the Hamptons, where they have a vacation home. However, this is the first time they've hit the red carpet together since the incident. Earlier this year, after some time had passed, Bon Jovi shared what he learned from the scary experience.
"It was my worst moment as a father," he told The Mirror in May. "She was by no means sticking needles in her arms. But there's a lot of synthetic stuff in the world and a lot of temptation and access and pressures that just a generation ago you and I didn't know about. I feel it was a terrible tragic lesson of life but I thank God every day because she is whole. It happened and it has gone. I know personally people whose sons and daughters, where it was a lot, lot worse. That could have been Stephanie."
With Thanksgiving upon us, we're sure he's counting his blessings — though it's probably more a daily thing then once a year.
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