Long time Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora left the band's tour earlier this year.  Rumors have been rampant as to the precise reason.

Now, Sambora is setting the record straight.  He told The Today Show Australia (quotes via Billboard), "Honestly, I went out for the first leg of the tour, I had no idea this was going to happen...I just started spending time with my kid between [tour] legs, and my spirit wouldn’t pull myself out the door. I just needed to be home."

Sambora also hopes to rejoin Bon Jovi, eventually.  He just wants a bigger break between tours.