"I'm shocked as much as the next parent with this situation," the rocker says

By Dahvi Shira
Updated December 03, 2012 07:20 PM
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Jon Bon Jovi isn’t just livin’ on a prayer following the apparent heroin overdose that hospitalized his daughter Stephanie Rose Bongiovi last month.

Speaking out about the issue with his daughter, the legendary rocker, 50, says he’s “confident” Bongiovi, 19, will be okay, telling the Associated Press, “You surround them with the best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it.”

Although the musician and his family are getting past the Nov. 14 incident that occurred in Bongiovi’s Hamilton College dorm room in Clinton, N.Y., the musician is still surprised it happened.

“I’m shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea,” Bon Jovi explains. “Steph is a great kid. Great GPA. Cool school everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great, then a sudden and steep decline.”

Reflecting back, Bon Jovi says when he first became a father he wasn’t sure how best to raise a little girl, but he and his wife provided a loving, stable home for their daughter.

“I didn’t have any sisters,” he says. “We bring home this girl the first day. Now what? Where’s the manual? There was no manual. So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down,” he says. “I appreciate the outpouring of kindness in light of what happened in my household No one knows the future. It is what it is.”