Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has shared a sweet apology letter that his late friend Anthony Bourdain wrote to his daughter a number of years ago.
In the letter, which Homme shared on social media, Bourdain writes to the rocker’s daughter, Camille, now 12, apologizing for a promo in which he smashed her dad’s guitar. The promo was for an episode of “No Reservations” and saw the celebrity chef take Homme’s guitar and shatter it against a tree.
“Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me,” Homme tweeted, explaining how upset his daughter was at the time. He then shared the heartfelt letter of apology, writing, “Ariane, this was your father,” referencing Bourdain’s 11-year-old daughter to ex-wife Ottavia Busia.
“Dear Camille, I hear you were very upset with me after seeing the promo for this show, which I filmed recently with your Daddy and his friends,” Bourdain wrote.
“You saw me take Daddy’s guitar and smash it against a tree and I’m sure that was upsetting. That this was in fact a not so subtle homage to the early works of John Landis and John Belushi is something you could have hardly been expected to know, Animal House having been released long before you were born, and I apologize.”
“Know that that was in fact, not really Daddy’s guitar, and that we were both just playing around,” he continued. “In real life, Daddy would have been very angry were I to do such a thing – and as he is a large man, I strongly suspect I would not still be here to write this letter. I like your Daddy very much. We are friends.”
Last month, hours after Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France on June 8, Homme paid tribute to his “brother” at a Queens of the Stone Age performance at Denmark’s Northside Festival.
“Sometimes, you lose somebody. And today we lost somebody, so this is for Tony,” Homme said, dedicating “Long Slow Goodbye” to Bourdain.
Read the full letter from Bourdain above.