Anthony Bourdain’s Last Interview: What He Said About Girlfriend Asia Argento
It’s been over a month since Anthony Bourdain’s shocking death and now one of his final interviews has been published online which gives a glimpse into his relationship with girlfriend Asia Argento.
The interview was originally conducted by Popula in February, however, it was not released until July 15.
“The worst thing Asia ever said to me, she’d had a bad day, she was doing a play in uh, Turin? Somewhere in Italy,” the celebrity chef recalled. “And she was rehearsing and she’d had a really bad day with the director. Dude, of course. And she comes home and she’s f**king furious. And we’re texting back and forth, cause we only argue by text. She’s like, f**king angry. ‘F**k you too! You always wanna win! You always win!’”
Bourdain admitted that her words affected him. “I was really offended by this. I was so hurt by this,” he said. “I do not need to win. I am not a competitive person. I need to survive.”
The 61-year-old and Argento began dating in early 2017 after the two met on his CNN show Parts Unknown. The actress was one of the first women to publicly accuse former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape. Following Bourdain’s death, she released a statement via social media which read, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.”
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) June 8, 2018
Fans turned on Argento though after it was revealed that she was photographed with another man just days before Bourdain committed suicide. She was then targeted by internet trolls who accused her of using the #MeToo Movement to further her career and blamed her for the late chef’s death. Argento insisted that she never knew about Bourdain’s suicide “obsession.”
On July 12, several celebrities including Rose McGowan, Terry Crews, Olivia Munn, and others involved in the #MeToo Movement wrote an open letter defending the Italian star.
“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain,” the letter published by the Los Angeles Times read. “Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain … Our request for Asia is a request for any and all survivors. Our standing up for her is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them. We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia.”
Bourdain was found unresponsive in a French hotel room on June 8 while filming Parts Unknown by his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert. His cause of death was ruled a suicide by hanging.