Parts Unknown.

Jeanie here.

When I was in college, I was obsessed with the food industry. I was just beginning to fall in love with cooking. I found myself reading endlessly about different styles of cooking from different chefs. When I found out Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert were visiting a nearby university for a speech, I couldn’t pass it up. I was at the edge of my seat hearing about their culinary stories and their friendship. What stood out to me most was when he was asked where was his favorite country to visit he said, “Vietnam.” He kept talking about how much he fell in love with the food, the people, the country, and the culture when he visited there and it made me fall in love more with my family’s history.

His passing stunned the both of us, especially me.

I’m in disbelief that someone so loved, inspiring, and unique struggled with such dark demons that he couldn’t imagine his place in this world anymore. After writing about all of the hidden secrets of the culinary world, we are left wondering about the unknown parts of his mind. I just hope so deeply that he somehow found the peace he was looking for. Our thoughts are always with the loved ones that people leave behind.

In light of what has happened, we have removed all references relating to Michael’s ex and her own struggle with mental illness. She has privately informed me that she is seeking help and therapy and we only hope she betters herself. We wish her the best as she finds a path of positivity and light. It is critical that ones struggling with mental illness seek the help they deserve. 

The end.

Michael here.

This is finally the end of an extremely toxic and ridiculous chapter of my life. If you could feel the energy of our home and our minds, it feels pretty damn good here.

What I mean is after all of this time trying to hide this harassment from my ex, anticipating her next attack, or thinking of ways to debunk her lies about me, I can’t even muster up an ounce of care about her anymore.

Through sharing our personal experiences dealing with a manipulative cyberbully, the outpouring of support that we have felt these past few days made me realize we wasted a lot of energy on someone worth absolutely nothing. Every single message from you all has made us feel free and loved in ways we can’t even begin to express. This girl has a delusional perspective on life and what is going on that to even speak to her or about her is a waste of my time. She can spiral out of control on her own as she attempts to victimize herself. Her failure to acknowledge her destructive actions towards us will only negatively impact her own life.

So as of today, she is to be completely ignored.

I am honestly the luckiest guy to have the support of my family, our Instagram community, my friends, and especially my girl. Jeanie has truly been a source of strength and support for me throughout this. She has taught me so much about what real love, kindness, self-respect, compassion, and what caring for others really means. Although Jeanie is someone that needs nothing from me, I will give her everything I have. Through all of this bullshit, you really do learn to appreciate the important things in life.

The end.

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