Anthony Bourdain Splits From Wife Ottavia Busia
Anthony Bourdain, the American chef and popular TV personality, has split from his wife Ottavia Busia.
Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Busia Split
Busia, 38, confirmed her split from Bourdain, 60, in a statement released to the New York Post’s Page Six.
“Because of professional decisions we both have made, my husband and I have been for years in an unconventional relationship,” Busia told Page Six in an email. “Nothing has changed. We love each other. We respect the decisions the other has made. And we’ll always consider ourselves a family.”
Bourdain is known to travel the world for his show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN, which earned him his fourth consecutive Emmy for Best Informational Series or Special on Sunday. Meanwhile, Busia is based in New York City, where she’s become an avid practicer of Brazilian jujitsu, training at the Renzo Gracie Academy.
Bourdain and Busia had met in New York City while his celebrity chef status was on the rise, and she was working as a general manager at the restaurant Geisha and they were introduced by a friend. The two were married in 2007 and welcomed their daughter Ariane that same year.
In a recent article for Lena Dunham‘s Lenny Letter, Busia admitted that things have changed since she married Bourdain. “I have changed. My husband half-jokes that he married Sophia Loren but ended up with Jean-Claude Van Damme. But there’s something to that. I’m not the same person now.”