Since his death, friends have spoken out to say that they were concerned about Bourdain’s relationship with Argento.
‘He would have done anything for her, and that was a little red flag for some of his friends,’ a source told People. ‘Like, he was crazy in love with her, crazy being the keyword.’
After his death, Bourdain and Argento’s friend Rose McGowan has defended the actress saying the couple had a ‘free’ relationship.
In an open letter, McGowan wrote: ‘Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on.’
McGowan goes on to say: ‘Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony.’
Argento gave a heartbreaking statement about the loss of in the hours after Bourdain’s suicide where she referred to him as ‘my love, my rock, my protector.’
‘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. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.’