Rose McGowan just released a heartbreaking statement on behalf of Asia Argento about the suicide of Anthony Bourdain and addressed some of the speculation that their relationship issues had something to do with his death.
In the statement, first post by The Daily Beast, McGowan says that she was asked to “write these truths” while sitting with Argento.
“I know so many around the world thought of Anthony Bourdain as a friend and when a friend dies, it hurts,” McGowan wrote.
The “Citizen Rose” star then addressed some of the anger directed at Argento by Bourdain fans following his suicide. McGowan, who was also a close personal friend of the “Parts Unknown” host, asked people not to “lash out and blame.”
“He put down his armor, and that was very much his choice. His decision, not hers,” she said.
According to prevention experts, assuming there is one cause or one action that precipitates a suicide oversimplifies the complexity of suicide, depression and mental illness.
On June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in France by fellow chef and friend Eric Ripert.
In the days prior to Bourdain’s death, photos of Argento holding hands and hugging French journalist Hugo Clement were published online, which prompted some to connect the photos to Bourdain’s death.
“Anthony and Asia had a free relationship,” McGowan said in the statement, “they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on.”
McGowan revealed that when Bourdain started dating Argento, he confided in a friend that “he’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him.”
As The Blast first reported, McGowan rushed to be by Argento’s side in Rome following the news of Bourdain’s passing. Both McGowan and Argento are two of Harvey Weinstein’s most vocal accusers and two of the most ardent leaders for women in the #MeToo fight.
According to Rose McGowan’s statement, Argento sought help to deal with the trauma from Harvey Weinstein, who she accuses of raping her, and the subsequent emotional roller coaster she’s been on since fighting against the scorned film producer over the last few months.
During their fight against Weinstein, Bourdain had publically and fiercely stood by both women.
“His depression won,” McGowan wrote. However, she offered that people take “solace” knowing that the past two years that Argento and Bourdain were together, were some of his happiest.
McGowan’s full statement is below.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help.