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Asia Argento reacts to Anthony Bourdain book slam: ‘STOP BUSTING MY BALLS’

'Stop busting my balls,' the Italian actress shared in her Instagram Story

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento.
Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento. Photo by Instagram

Asia Argento has seemingly lashed out at her villainous portrayal in a new unauthorized Anthony Bourdain biography.

In Charles Leerhsen’s Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain, the journalist shares a text message conversation between the couple on the night the late celebrity chef committed suicide in June 2018.

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“Is there anything I can do?” Bourdain pleaded with the Italian actress in their final exchange.

“Stop busting my balls,” Argento wrote back, to which Bourdain then replied: “OK.”

After snippets of the book started making the rounds this week, Argento, 47, posted a picture to her Instagram Story with those same words on Thursday.

Leerhsen’s book, excerpts of which were published by the New York Times, details Bourdain’s downward spiral and complicated relationship with Argento.

“I find myself being hopelessly in love with this woman,” Bourdain shared in a text message with his ex-wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain.

Elsewhere, he complained about fame and his globe-trotting life.

“I hate my fans, too. I hate being famous. I hate my job. I am lonely and living in constant uncertainty,” he texted his former wife.

According to the book, Bourdain financially supported Argento and her children and even paid a settlement to a young musician and actor who accused her of sexual battery.

Anthony Bourdain with Asia Argento
Anthony Bourdain with Asia Argento Photo by AFP/Getty Images /Getty Images

But the Parts Unknown host became enraged when he saw photos of Argento dancing with the French reporter Hugo Clement in a hotel they had stayed together in.

“I am okay,” he texted her. “I am not spiteful. I am not jealous that you have been with another man. I do not own you. You are free. As I said. As I promised. As I truly meant. But you were careless. You were reckless with my heart. My life.”

Hours later he hanged himself in the shower of his hotel.

Leerhsen said he had exchanged several messages with Argento, who quoted Oliver Wilde in one of her responses: “It is always Judas who writes the biography.”

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain hits bookstores on Oct. 11.

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