Jon Bon Jovi ... Answers Your Questions
What is the secret to a long-lasting marriage?
—Rika Kaneko-Goldsworthy, San Jose
I don't know that there is a secret. It's hard work and determination. [My wife of 18 years, Dorothea, 44] is really my best friend, and I wouldn't want to be with anybody else in the world. And I don't even wanna hang around anybody else. It's that simple. I got it right the first time.
What is the one item you cannot throw out, even though your wife is begging you to get rid of it?
—Elizabeth Nevone, Shoreham, N.Y.
I can be a bit of a packrat when it comes to those old ratty T-shirts and shorts. I have shorts that could walk home from the beach! I have a T-shirt that I stole off a girl's body at a political rally at a college I was at in New England, because the T-shirt said, "Tell your mom I said hi." She gave it to me right off her back. Thank God she had a shirt on underneath it! That's probably my favorite shirt.
Do any of your children seem to be musical?
—Judy Lawler, Pollock Pines, Calif.
Jesse, my 12-year-old, is playing a little bit of guitar, finally. And Stephanie [who's 14] has aspirations, I think, to sing a little bit. [He and Dorothea are also the parents of Jacob, 5, and Romeo, 3.] Should they find it in their own time, I'll encourage it, but I have never pushed them. It could be something great if they chose to do it, because it's given me a lot of great memories.
How do you stay so hot?
—Leighellen Conley, Duluth, Minn.
I don't know if I'm hot. Thank you to her. I can't really answer that one without just wanting to throw up. So I can't comment on that one!
Do you ever think of running for any political position in our state? What do you say? Governor Bon Jovi?
—Irene Kirwan, Haledon, N.J.
I don't envision a life in politics in the near future. The job doesn't pay well enough! When once asked in the company of [former] President Clinton whose job was better, mine or his, I authoritatively and without any reservation said mine, because I get to keep the house and the airplane.