Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia Shares Photo of “Strong and Brave” Daughter

Anthony Bourdain’s ex-wife Ottavia Busia shared a photo of their daughter Ariane, calling the 11-year-old “so strong and brave” just days after the celebrity chef’s suicide.

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Busia posted the photo on Instagram early Monday morning (Jun. 11) showing Ariane—wearing black and tall studded boots—holding a microphone while performing a concert at DROM music venue in Manhattan’s Alphabet City.

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“Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave,” the proud mom captioned the pic. “She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”

Ariane is Bourdain and Busia’s only child.

Bourdain and Busia—an Italian-born trained MMA fighter who studied the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu—were married for nine years, between 2007 and 2016. They wed the week after Ariane’s birth.

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Ottavia was Anthony’s second wife. His first marriage, with a woman named Nancy Putkoski, lasted for 20 years, between 1985 and 2005. He was dating Italian actress Asia Argento at the time of his death, though reports suggest they were estranged in his final days (either that or she was cheating on him with a French journalist).

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The Parts Unknown host was in the middle of filming his award-winning CNN travel food show in France when he was found dead in his hotel room after hanging himself. The 61-year-old’s body was discovered by his close friend, fellow chef Eric Ripert, early Friday morning (Jun. 8).

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Anthony Bourdain’s Daughter Ariane: Fast Facts & Photos

5Anthony Bourdain said that becoming a father changed his life.

Like many first-time dads, Anthony Bourdain said that having a child was a life-changing moment for him.

He said in his 2016 interview with The Takeout: “I guess my whole life, as much as I might have wanted a child for the reason that everybody wants one, I always recognized that at no point until I was 50 was I old enough or up to the job. I thought, you know what, I not only really want a child, but at this point, finally in my life, I think I’m up to the job and I’m the type of person who could do the job well and I’m financially prepared to look after a child.”

Bourdain said the realization that he was capable of caring for a child hit him like a “bolt of lightning.”

He mentioned in the interview that he wanted his daughter to experience all of his “treasured childhood memories” and described the overly elaborate manner in which he would plan meals for her.

“It’s almost an assault, at least for the first few years,” he said. “When we go on vacation, I would find myself, in a really over-organized way, becoming overly aggressive with the personal culinary history. I overloaded the poor thing with all the greatest hits of my most cherished childhood memories and dishes from the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod. I literally had a cycle menu for a poor little kid, and I have a fucking cycle menu up on the refrigerator. ‘Today will be steamers followed by boiled lobster and fresh corn on the cob and seasonal tomatoes! Tomorrow will be clam chowder.’”

Bourdain also said that he felt like it was “wrong, morally” and “annoying in general” to encourage a child to become a foodie, so he never tried to push exotic cuisines on her. “I never even suggested, ‘Hey baby it’s good, maybe you should try it.’ That never worked for me,” he said. However, to his surprise and delight, Ariane seemed to naturally have a refined palate, even at a very young age.

“When she was a very little girl if she wanted to eat pasta with butter every day that was fine with me, but what else was being eaten at the table was often very interesting… and she would often reach for a sardine or an anchovy. Some salty pecorino or even raw oysters, she was eating at age 3.”

Bourdain advised parents to never push foods on their children that they didn’t want to eat. “Never try to get your kid to eat anything she doesn’t already want to eat,” he said. “Just eat interesting stuff in front of her while completely ignoring her. Never, ever suggest ‘try it.’ Never say those dreaded words ‘try it, it’s good.’ Or worse, ‘It’s good for you.’ That’ll poison the well. Eat interesting foods in front of her. If he or she wants to eat grilled cheese, fine. Let them discover it on their own and it will be their own little triumph rather than something you convinced them to do.”

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