Ava Sambora is the daughter of actress Heather Locklear and Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora. Not only do the two share the same features, they share an extremely close bond. Sambora wrote an essay for People describing her relationship with her mother.
“My mom always taught me to be kind to whomever I met. She treats every person with respect and makes them feel important. While she embodies kindness in many ways, her ability to care for and give to others is what I admire most. She is selfless and inspires me to be selfless as well. My mom always made me feel heard. She never judged me and made sure I didn’t feel alone. This was so important to my mental health and helped me continue on with my life.”
Sambora has struggled with anxiety for most of her life. When she started at university, the anxiety worsened and manifested as serious panic attacks. She went on to tell how her mother would help her in these moments.
“I struggle with anxiety, but about a year ago it was very debilitating. I live almost an hour away from her, and when I would have anxiety attacks, she would drive over and visit me. Anytime of the day, she would stop what she was doing and come to comfort me. When I would insist she did not have to, she would stay on the phone with me late into the night, until I was calm enough to sleep. She did everything she could to help me get through those difficult months, from taking me to every doctor’s appointment to giving me tons of books on managing anxiety.”
Locklear, herself, responded to the essay, writing back,
“In an era of ‘mean girls,’ Ava has always been a miracle to me. She never has a bad word to say about anyone, and for a teenage girl, that is something. She has this innate sense of confidence and strength. She doesn’t feel the need to put others down in order to feel better about herself. I’ve often seen her transform a potential gossip fest into a conversation about that person’s most amazing attributes.”