Anthony Bourdain Opened Up About Asia Argento, Fatherhood, & His ‘Happiest Moments’ In Revealing Interview Before His Death

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Those who loved Anthony Bourdain still have so many questions for him. And shockingly they may actually get a couple answered.

The late celeb chef and world traveller did an interview with Popula back in February that was just published on Sunday — and it may offer new insights into the final months of his life.

Related: Bourdain Took Part In A “Death Ritual” With Darren Aronofsky

He talked about the awe he had for his daughter, the love he had for girlfriend Asia Argento, and the greatest moments of his life.

See the highlights (below):

On Hating Taking Vacations And Never Retiring

“I wondered about this; I’ve stopped wondering. I’d entertained the notion that I’m working toward a goal, or a day, where I could sit on a Tuscan hilltop in a hammock with a big stack of books, but I understand now that I couldn’t… that I can’t do that. I can do that for short periods of time. But I can’t. I can’t.

It’s helped me a lot that Asia is the same way. That there’s no shame in this, you know… She’ll point out the ridiculousness of kicking back on the beach, because she’ll say right up front… ‘This doesn’t appeal to me at all! This is a living death.’

I can’t do it. I can do it for a few days at a time…

Like I’ll finish a book or something like, an entire season of the show? And I’ll look at the calendar and realize I have three weeks of nothing, which… seemed like a really good idea for the rest of the year. But during that period immediately after unburdening myself of this pile of frantic work—that’s when I go into a panic and I start overcommitting to a lot of projects, maybe comfortably removed from that date but I do suddenly feel like: What do I do now?

I need deadlines, I need pressure, I need my mind to be working.”

On His Happiest Moments Traveling The World

“I do find that my happiest moments on the road are not standing on the balcony of a really nice hotel. That’s a sort of bittersweet—if not melancholy—alienating experience, at best. My happiest moments on the road are always off-camera, generally with my crew, coming back from shooting a scene and finding ourselves in this sort of absurdly beautiful moment, you know, laying on a flatbed on those things that go on the railroad track, with a putt-putt motor, goin’ across like, the rice paddies in Cambodia with headphones on… this is luxury, because I could never have imagined having the freedom or the ability to find myself in such a place, looking at such things.

To sit alone or with a few friends, half-drunk under a full moon, you just understand how lucky you are; it’s a story you can’t tell. It’s a story you almost by definition, can’t share. I’ve learned in real time to look at those things and realize: I just had a really good moment.”

On Raising His Daughter

“Asia said this to me. Children create themselves independently of us. All you can do is show, like in my case, my daughter feels loved. She knows she’s loved. She has good self-esteem. Very important.

And good martial arts skills. So no man, no boy… she knows she can take any boy in her age group. That’s all I can do as a father. I can’t pick all of the things that, you know. I can’t. She so far… ahead of me, I can’t pick her music, her boyfriends, whatever, however she’s going to turn out. I can give her these basic things…

I think how resolute she is, how much she wants to change the world, is willing to sacrifice in order to change the world, that’s gonna have to come from within.”

The Worst Fight He & Asia Ever Had

“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. 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 fucking furious. And we’re texting back and forth, cause we only argue by text. She’s like, fucking angry, ‘Fuck you too! You always wanna win! You always wanna win!’

I was really offended by this. I was so hurt by this. I do not need to win. I am not a competitive person. I need to survive… I don’t need to be number one. I don’t need to beat the fuck out of somebody. I don’t need to be ahead. I just want to still be here at the end of the fuckin’ day, doing what I’m doing, without anybody hassling me.”

“I need to survive.”

Damn.

Read the rest of the candid interview for talk about food, politics, and more HERE.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Jul 16, 2018 7:32pm PDT

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