Late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain‘s last texts were just unveiled in an allegedly unauthorized biography. The 61-year-old passed away in 2018 after taking his life in the middle of an assignment for his popular show.
Bourdain initially became famous due to the success of his literary piece “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” and then went on to star in a number of television programs.
Bourdain’s last messages are being revealed four years after his passing via Charles Leerhsen’s unauthorized biography of the chef. The book, titled “Down And Out In Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain,” sheds light on the 61-year-old’s culinary career as well as his last text exchange with his girlfriend at the time, Asia Argento, and his estranged wife, Olivia Busia Bourdain.
Read on to learn more.
Anthony Bourdain Said He Hated His Fans
According to a Tuesday report by The New York Times, Bourdain exchanged words with his then-girlfriend Argento concerning her affair and revealed he hated his celebrity status not long before he killed himself. The chef’s private texts were reportedly excerpts from Leerhsen’s unauthorized biography, “Down And Out In Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain.”
The book reportedly shed a dark light on the last days of the 61-year-old, including his mental state shortly before taking his life in 2018 in a French hotel room. At the of his death, Bourdain was in the process of carrying out an assignment for “Parts Unknown,” his popular culinary adventure show.
In the text messages Bourdain exchanged with Olivia, his estranged wife, the chef revealed that he hated everything that came with his life as a celebrity, including his fans and job. “I hate my fans, too. I hate being famous. I hate my job,” he wrote. “I am lonely and living in constant uncertainty.”
Anthony Bourdain Called Asia Argento ‘Reckless’
In the book excerpts related to Argento and her exchange with Bourdain, the 61-year-old accused her of being “reckless” with his heart. Argento is an Italian actress and filmmaker and has starred in a number of films like “Land of the Dead.”
During the exchange, Bourdain wrote, per NYT, “I am not jealous that you have been with another man. I do not own you. But you were careless. You were reckless with my heart. My life.” The messages were reportedly sent the day before the author took his life. He revealed that he was especially heartbroken because the alleged affair was conducted in a hotel the duo went to often.
In response, Argento revealed that she couldn’t “take this” and broke up with Bourdain. The text messages between the former couple continued the next day when the tv personality asked if there was anything he could do to change her mind. The “xXx” actress responded, “Stop busting my balls.” Bourdain took his life a few hours later.
The Late Chef’s Brother Accused The Author Of Defamation
According to reports, Christopher, Bourdain’s brother, took offense to the as-yet-unreleased biography. He claimed that the author, Leerhsen, had written down a defamatory depiction of his relationship with his family.
In a previous interview with HuffPost, however, the author claimed that Bourdain stopped speaking to Christopher two years before he passed away and “intensely disliked him.” Leerhsen further revealed that several family members and friends had commended him for his “accurate” portrayal of the dynamics of the chef’s family.
Leerhsen went on to reveal that his source(s) for the private text messages were “confidential.” “The estate has not objected, and I don’t anticipate any objections,” he said. “I did not steal or in any sense ‘take’ them; they were given to me.”
Asia Argento Is Not On Board With The Biography
As of yet, Argento has not confirmed whether she did send and receive the unveiled text messages with Bourdain. According to The New York Times, the Italian actress did say, however, that she was not comfortable with the biography and had told Leerhsen that he “could not publish anything I said to him.”
Despite the controversy surrounding the work, Olivia seemed to be the only person close to the late chef who was apparently unbothered. As his wife, she controls his estate, including his phone and laptop, where the book’s most revealing parts were acquired.
According to the biography’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, the work was a “groundbreaking, candid, well-sourced — but definitely unauthorized — biography of the celebrity chef and TV star Anthony Bourdain, based on extensive interviews with those who knew him intimately.”