Anthony Bourdain & His Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia: The Untold Story Of Their Marriage 

Anthony Bourdain’s relationship with Ottavia Busia was highly talked about one while their romance lasted. This was mainly because of the kind of deep connection they initially shared before their marriage crashed. Their wide age gap was also a topic of discussion among fans of the couple. The fact that Anthony Bourdain and his ex-wife Ottavia Busia were often in the news is not quite surprising at all considering the fact that Bourdain was a very famous celebrity chef who made a lot of fame around the USA and the rest of the world with his culinary skills and mind-blowing TV presentations on food and the human nature.

Bourdain’s marriage to Ottavia Busia caused some ripples and helped to shoot Ottavia to the limelight as fans of Bourdain, who were intrigued by her connection to the celebrity chef, decided to search about her and this gave her a lot of exposure to the media. The couple was married for some time before their romance experienced hiccups and they eventually parted ways. But, what really happened to them? Why did they have to go their separate ways even though their love was something several fans came to admire? We have gathered some facts about the couple for your reading pleasure. Continue to discover the untold story of Anthony Bourdain and his ex-wife Ottavia Busia’s marriage.

Anthony Bourdain & His Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia

Individually, Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia are very interesting figures. They both knew what they wanted from life and chased after their passions to make sure they got the most from what gave them joy.

Anthony Bourdain, who was born Anthony Michael Bourdain on the 25th of June, 1956, was an American celebrity chef who was widely admired for his very humorous and good-natured charisma. Bourdain developed a love for food and cooking right from when he was a young man and thus, decided to pursue a career in cooking while he was studying at Vassar College in New York. As a result, Bourdain dropped out of school in his second year so he could chase his dreams. He then enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America to hone his skills at cooking.

The talented chef gained widespread acclaim when he started to run various restaurant kitchens located around New York City and wrote several books on food. He was also known for his adventurous lifestyle because he was always on the move around different countries of the world, writing about their food and their nature. His culinary writings and his travel adventures caught attention and he became one of the most popular faces on CNN and other TV channels.

On the other hand, Ottavia Busia is a mixed martial artist of Italian origin who became famous after she met Anthony Bourdain. Born in Sardinia Island Italy, Ottavia was quite adventurous even as a child and dreamt of doing great things. At first, she wanted to become a dentist and actually started studying dentistry to achieve this dream. However, in the process, she met and fell in love with an Irish rock band. She loved the band so much that she decided to relocate from Italy to the USA just to follow them.

In the USA, Ottavia started working in different restaurants in New York and eventually landed a job at the popular Geisha restaurant in New York where she quickly rose to become the general manager. It was while she was at the Geisha restaurant that she met Anthony Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain & His Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia
Anthony Bourdain with Ottavia Busia and their daughter, Ariane

The Untold Story Of Their Marriage

Anthony Bourdain & his ex-wife Ottavia Busia were introduced to each other by a mutual friend called Eric Ripert at the Geisha restaurant in New York. When they met, they took an interest in each other immediately and started going out on dates. They soon found out they had some things in common and their love deepened. In fact, they became so fond of each other that they decided to get matching chef’s knife tattoos. They finally tied the knot as husband and wife on April 20, 2007.

The interesting thing about the couple is their huge age difference. According to reports, Anthony Bourdain was 22 years older than Ottavia but apparently this did not mean anything to them because their love was for real. They welcomed their daughter called Ariane in 2007 and, shortly after this, things began to change.

The first change came when Ottavia Busia decided to go to the gym and get back her pre-pregnancy body after their daughter was born. However, she didn’t just get back her pre-pregnancy body, she also fell in love with mixed martial arts afterward and became obsessed with it. Her obsession with mixed martial arts did not go down well with Bourdain who felt that she had changed from the woman he met and married.

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On his own part, Anthony Bourdain was becoming more popular and as a result, was getting more work to do. His work schedule became too strenuous and this meant he had to stay away from home very often. In fact, it was reported that he was away from home for about 250 days in a year and this did not go down well with Ottavia at all. Apparently, their marriage was cracking and they knew it.

Finally, after years of battling their differences, the couple announced their split in September 2016. However, they remained friends for their daughter’s sake. Sadly, on the 8th day of June 2018, Bourdain took his own life by hanging himself in his hotel room while filming his project Parts Unknown. His death came as a shock to fans around the world and especially to Ottavia Busia and their daughter, Ariane.

Samuel Daniel
Samuel is a researcher and content creator who is deeply passionate about writing and singing. His expertise is in finance, celebrity profiles and net worth, creative writing, fictional character development, as well as article writing, revolving around exciting names in the world of entertainment, sports and business. Previously, he has worked as Sports and Foreign news correspondent, and voice-over expert with NTA as well as a reporter and deputy news editor for orientation broadcast studio. He holds a B.Sc in Mass Communications


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