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Anthony Bourdain And Wife Ottavia Busia Have Reportedly Split Up

After 9 years, the pair are going their separate ways.
Anthony Bourdain and his wife Ottavia Busia are doing their own version of conscious uncoupling. 
Anthony Bourdain and his wife Ottavia Busia are doing their own version of conscious uncoupling. 

Celeb chef Anthony Bourdain is a single man again.

People magazine reported on Monday that the “Parts Unknown” host recently split from his wife Ottavia Busia, a mixed martial arts fighter. The pair were married in 2007 and have a 9-year-old daughter together.

In a statement to Page Six, Basia, 38, said that she and Bourdain, 60, remain close.

A source close to the couple told Page Six that “they’ve been separated for a while” and that “there was no one else involved.”

So far, it seems like the couple has made good on the promise to stay close. Just last week, Busia congratulated Bourdain on his Creative Arts Emmy Award win.

The pair met and married in quick succession: In a 2012 New York Times profile of Basia, the MMA fighter said that on one of their first dates, they got matching tattoos of a chef’s knife on their shoulders. A few dates later, they were married.

She told the Times that the pair were equally outspoken and opinionated.

“We make fun of each other a lot,” she said. “I say what I want. People either like it or not, but I don’t care.”


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A few months back, Bourdain, who travels often to film “Parts Unknown,” called his family “completely dysfunctional” ― but in a good way.

I love my family but it’s not an ordinary family,” he told People in May, “If I’m not traveling, I’m pretty much doing jack s— on a Friday night. I’m going to bed when my nine-year-old decides to go to bed. If I’m home, I’m not going to the hot new restaurant, I’m not walking a red carpet, I’m cooking something that my daughter decides she wants, or staying very close to home.”

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