Ex-girlfriend Paula Froelich mourns Anthony Bourdain with a series of tweets on depression
Froelich said she last met the chef a year ago: "He was a great guy. A great guy. I last saw him a year ago. He was a wonderful human being."
With the world still trying to digest the news of celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain's suicide, his colleagues and loved ones are taking to social media to mourn his death. Joining the list is Bourdain's ex-girlfriend, Paula Froelich.
The columnist took to Instagram on Friday, just hours after the news of his alleged suicide had surfaced, and posted one of her favourite photos of her and the deceased CNN personality. Her caption read: “To a good man, a great friend, a loyal love. That’s all I’m going to say.” The 44-year-old had dated Bourdain for several months in early 2005, reported Yahoo.
She then took to Twitter to post several tweets on depression. “It’s a sneaky little, sticky Bitch. You can be rich as hell, totally successful but still lonely AF and the ‘you’re nothing but a fraud’ voice only goes away when the Ambien takes effect,” her first tweet said.
She went on to add: “It’s lonely, it magnifies everything into something awful, and you don’t know when or if this cycle will end… so it’s also terrifying. And embarrassing. And humiliating – because there’s something wrong with you.”
The next tweet read: "The problem with that is ambien makes the harsh voice louder in the morning. And there’s only a few you can talk to about it – but even then sparingly because it just gets OLD, doesn’t it? And you become the sad sack … even though you’re normally so FUN."
She continued: "You know because you’ve wondered and went to go get checked out hoping that there was some magic pill somewhere that would make it all better. But no. There’s not."
Froelich concluded saying: "But take heart in knowing: only the best, funniest, loveliest, most empathetic, wonderful, talented people have depression. You’re in a good crowd. Now. Let’s go fight that black dog. Together."
Apart from the thread, Froelich had shared with The Daily Beast on Friday that she had seen Bourdain a year before. “He was a great guy. A great guy. I last saw him a year ago. He was a wonderful human being,” she said.
All the way back in April, 2005, Froelich had confirmed her relationship with Bourdain by sharing with the New York Times, how she got him to cater for her book party.
“I have to tell you he offered which I never would have asked him. I mean that’s a bit much, you know, to be like, ‘Oh hey by the way I know that we like to hang out and have sex but will you cook for my party?’ You know, no. He offered,” she said at the time.
Bourdain was 61 and is said to have taken his life while filming an upcoming episode of his award winning show, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown", in France.
He was found unresponsive in his hotel room by his close friend and French chef Eric Ripert, as CNN reported.