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    Richie Sambora: I Still Love Heather Locklear and I Know She Loves Me

    Heather Locklear, Richie Sambora Duffy-Marie Arnoult/Wireimage

    Are Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora the friendliest exes ever, or are these two headed for reconciliation?

    The Bon Jovi guitarist recently opened up about his ex-wife and admitted that he still has feelings for the mother of his daughter, Ava Sambora.

    "Time does heal old wounds. I mean, I still love Heather and I know she loves me," he told People magazine. "She's the mother of my child, man. What can you say?"

    The 54-year-old also gushed about his daughter, saying, "She and I are close and have a candid relationship. Boundaries are set…that doesn't budge."

    He continued, "She is an amazing kid and dedicated to school. She's acting. The first audition she [went] out for was Judd Apatow's This Is 40—and she got it. She's been doing Disney stuff. I'm really proud of her—she's just a joy.

    NEWS: Heather and Richie vacation in Hawaii!

    "My favorite girl—her and my mom, I always say."

    Locklear and Sambora were spotted together on a family vacation in Hawaii early last month.

    The two were all smiles as they walked along the beach in Kona while a few friends trailed shortly behind.

    The former couple called it quits on their 13-year marriage back in 2007. 

    Locklear was romantically linked recently to 44-year-old plastic surgeon Dr. Marc Mani.

    Prior to that, she was engaged to former Melrose Place costar Jack Wagner before they ended their relationship in 2011 after almost four years of dating.

    As for Sambora, his most high-profile relationship following his breakup with Locklear was with Denise Richards.

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