New book shows Anthony Bourdain struggled with fame and heartbreak before his tragedy.
In "Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain," journalist Charles Leerhsen contains text texts from the late celebrity chef's final days.
"I despise my fans. Loathe fame. I loathe my job," Bourdain wrote to his ex-wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, one of his closest confidants. "I'm lonely and uncertain."
Leerhsen's book, forthcoming Oct. 11, indicates that Bourdain and his then-girlfriend Asia Argento had jealous outbursts.
Five days before Argento's death in June 2018, the CNN host viewed images of them dancing in a Roman restaurant.
Bourdain was "incensed" by the photographs and searched the "Land of the Dead" star's name online "hundreds of times," forcing them to dispute over the phone and via text.
OK. Not mean. I'm not jealous you're seeing someone else. Not my. Free! So. Promised. The "Parts Unknown" star texted Argento a day before his death, "As I honestly meant."
"You were sloppy. You were heartless. Life."
Bourdain said he was particularly wounded since the alleged tryst happened at a hotel they loved in Rome.
Argento replied, "I can't take this."