Richie Sambora is going to teach Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter how to play guitar.
That’s the deal the former Bon Jovi guitarist and Dannielynn Birkhead, Smith’s 15-year-old daughter, made Friday, May 6, at the annual Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala. After Sambora performed at the gala, he met up with Dannielynn and her dad, Larry Birkhead.
Dannielynn’s mom, a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, passed away in 2007 at the age of 39.
“Richie is very fatherly and he has a lot of respect for Larry protecting and taking care of his daughter, just like Richie did with his daughter when he stepped off the stage,” said a source to People.
Sambora and ex-wife Heather Locklear have a daughter named Ava, 24.
“Larry and Richie have a lot in common,” the source said. “They have so much love and protection for their daughters.”
Sambora invited the Birkheads to his place in California for the lessons.
A native of Woodbridge, Sambora is a regular at the annual Kentucky Derby events. Birkhead and Dannielynn make the scene, too.
Dannielynn also made headlines because of the outfit she wore to the gala. It was the same hat, tie and cummerbund black suit that Janet Jackson wore to the event two decades earlier.
Jackson was also at the gala on Friday. The outfit, incidentally, was designed by another Jersey guy, Wayne Scot Lukas.
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In other news, Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi were bestowed with the Special International Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards in London. Sambora accepted the award in person, Bon Jovi appeared by video.
The Ivor Novello Awards have been presented since 1956.
Sambora exited the band Bon Jovi in 2013, citing excessive touring and a need to spend more time with his family.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]
Source: Asbury Park