Jon Bon Jovi used to be a drug dealer.

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The Bon Jovi frontman confessed he bought and sold marijuana while he was a struggling teenager growing up in New Jersey.

He said: “I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much.

“I was entrepreneurial even then, buying quarter pounds of dope and trying to make a couple of bucks.”

The Livin’ On A Prayer singer says a bad experience with illegal substances at an early age stopped him from becoming a user when he eventually found fame and fortune.

The father-of-four said: “Did you ever smoke dope that was laced with PCP (phencyclidine) and then have that whole summer of hallucinations? It was f***ing awful.

“That’s why I’ve never been a drug guy. I always felt I didn’t have the mental stability.”

Bon Jovi recently revealed he is embarrassed to let his kids see his old 80s hairstyle. The rock star – who has sold 120 million albums since Bon Jovi shot to fame in the early 80s – admitted he hasn’t shown his children DVDs of his old concerts for fear of what they might think.

He said: “I’ve heard Richie Sambora (guitarist) and Dave Bryan (keyboard player) say they played their kids a DVD of our old concerts from 20 years ago, and they were really laughing. But I’ve never done that.

“They would probably laugh at my 80s hair. Sure they would. I laugh at it – it’s part of growing up in public.”