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Full NameOttavia Busia
First NameOttavia
Last NameBusia
ProfessionCelebrity ex-wife
Birth CitySardinia
Birth CountryItaly
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusSingle
SpouseAnthony Bourdain
No Of Children1
Networth$1 M
Date of BirthJuly 11,1978
Age45 years

Ottavia Busia is an Italian mixed martial arts artist who came to fame after marrying a celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain.

Her Marriage 

Ottavia Busia is the ex-wife of Anthony Bourdain. The duo tied the knot on April 20, 2007. However, they split up in 2016 after nine years of their marriage.

The reason behind their split was their professional lifestyle. She is single and does not have any rumors about having an affair with anyone. 

She has one child with her ex-husband Anthony Bourdain. Her name is Ariane Bourdain.

Ottavia with her ex-husband Anthony
Ottavia with her ex-husband Anthony Source: Huffpost

Love Life, Romantic

Ottavia met Anthony through their mutual friend Eric Ripert. She was then working as a general manager in a Geisha restaurant. 

They took an interest in each other, and their first date was in a cigar bar. In an interview with, she said they used to meet after her shift was over.

They used to stay up for hours drinking beers and talking about her day at work. 

Ottavia admired how Anthony used to listen to her, enjoyed her talk, and recalled all his memories back in the business.

Since they were in the same field, they had many mutual friends. They always used to have a topic to talk about. The loving duo was head over heels in love with each other. 

They even made matching chef’s knife tattoos.

Her Lifestyle

Ottavia has always been very passionate and adventurous in her life. She was pursuing her dentistry study in Italy when she met and fell in love with an Irish band. 

She loved them so much that she decided to move to the USA. In New York, she diverted her interest to the restaurant. 

She has worked in several restaurants, and she merely enjoyed it. 

She even continued to work when she was 38 weeks pregnant and also had her baby shower at the restaurant when she was already having contractions. 

After her delivery, she decided to go to the gym to get back in shape. It was when she fell in love with mixed martial arts and became obsessed with it. 

Ottavia as a MMA Fighter
Ottavia as a MMA Fighter Source: Pinterest

She wants to remember her late ex-husband cherishing the amazing moment they spent when they were together. 

Ottavia spoke for the first time about her ex Anthony since his ultimate death in 2018 in The Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain. This documentary film provides insight into Bourdain’s career, going from an unknown chef to a celebrity chef. 

They formally never legally divorced but were in a relationship with other people following their separation in 2016.

Recalling her early dating life, she said she thought Bourdain would be a bad boy filled with a bit of arrogance and not what she was expecting but endearing nonetheless. 

During the documentary interview, Ottavia also revealed how happy he was after discovering he was going to be a dad. 

She said he was over the moon, and any doubts if she had dissipated when she realized how happy he knew he would be a father.

Talking about their separation, she recalled that when they were together, it always seemed like he wanted an idyllic picture of the family and ordinary life. 

But after he got all that, I don’t know if he was…I don’t know, she added. 

Following their separation, she noticed he was not the same person. 

Something changed and became really heavy, but then he started therapy at a certain point, and she thought she could take a step back and she didn’t have to be always concerned about him. 

But she still regrets it thinking she should have kept an eye on him more.

She feels lucky that she has their daughter, Ariane Bourdain, as a sovereign of love,14, whom they raised together. She says she is the best daughter she could hope for. 

She further went on to say that it would be the last time she would be talking about it publically because that is not how she wanted to remember him. 

She wants to remember when they were together, all the amazing things they had done, and the amazing person he was. 

Bourdain took his life by hanging himself while staying at the hotel in Kayserberg, France. He was filming an upcoming episode of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.

Ottavia Busia ex-husband Anthony Bourdain and daughter Ariane Bourdain.
Ottavia Busia ex-husband Anthony Bourdain and daughter Ariane Bourdain. Source: Pinterest

Anthony Wasted his life going to the shit holes.

Late Anthony used to travel to numerous countries, and coincidentally when CNN aired Anthony traveling to Africa episode, the president of the country commented countries like Africa were like shit hole countries. 

Anthony then tweeted on this topic later. When asked why he did get affected, Anthony said that apparently, he thinks that he had wasted his life visiting the shit holes. 

He shared that he had spent nearly his two decades of life traveling around all those beautiful and extraordinary places. 

Anthony claims that no one from his team had visited Nigeria. Anthony praises that the people there work like no one. 

The chef claimed it as a refutation of everything he had ever seen to date; the human being he had met on his journey and the traveling in his last 17 years of traveling. 

Many people say that seeing the picture of Africa and after visiting the country, they complain it is not a good place. 

However, in Anthony’s show, he showed exotic locations in Africa. Anthony recalls Mark Twain’s words, saying that travel is lethal to prejudice. 

He said that walking to the extent where we can and walking in other people’s shoes to see how hard people work and struggle on an everyday basis and to watch how much people can do and how things around been going. 

Anthony confronted he adores going to numerous places just thinking about a thing and having all those expectations turned on their heads. 

Anthony giggles and claims himself as a fool as in his view, curiosity is a virtue that actually is not. 

Other than that, when Anthony was asked on a food level what America would look like if there existed no food from any of the other countries. 

Anthony says that there would be no presence of the classic Americana. 

Anthony says that the history of the world is presented on your plate, as each and every food is that expression of a long story and struggle. 

Lastly, he claims that this is the real happiness of traveling and eating as you get to know who is cooking and the reason behind it. 

Anthony’s girlfriend opened up about his suicide and said he cheated on her too

Following their separation in 2016, Anthony started dating Italian actress Asia Argento

In February 2018, Bourdain, in an interview with People associate editor Ana Calderone, Bourdain said that he would rather die in a saddle than retire. 

Ana, who spent three days on the road with Bourdain, said that he was a responsible dad and loved her so much. 

He made time for in-between shoots and would never shoot two cities back to back. He always made time to go back to New York with his daughter. 

He at the time also said he was happy at that point in life having to meet Asia Argento

He gushed about her calling her a strong woman and that they share a lot of things in common. 

He told Ana that he was happy in ways that he thought he wouldn’t be. 

Bourdain’s ultimate death by suicide was shocking and devastating at the same time. 

His girlfriend Asia, during an interview with Daily Mail back in September 2018, opened up about his death where she admitted to cheating on him at the time and also said he cheated on her too. 

After the death of Bourdain, Asia also received harsh and hateful comments saying that she had murdered him. 

She broke down into tears, saying that she would also like to find the reason behind his death. 

Speaking about the allegations that she was not faithful to Bourdain, she said that people need to think about something like that. 

He had cheated on her too, so it wasn’t a problem for them. 

She said that he traveled 265 days a year, and when they saw each other, they took great pleasure in each other’s presence.

Asia further went on to say that she cannot think of Anthony as somebody who would do an extreme gesture like this or something like that. 

And what she does feel terrible about is that he had so much pain inside of him, and she didn’t see it, for which she will forever feel guilty. 

She recalled getting a phone call from Bourdain’s manager saying he took his life. 

After hearing the devastating news, she could neither speak nor cry but then started screaming where she felt like she was in the abyss. 

It was anger that kept her alive because otherwise, the desperation, there is no end, she said.

She also expressed that she will forever be grateful for giving her the two happiest years of her life.

Her Net Worth

Ottavia’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 Million. Her average salary is about $35000 annually.

She is an MMA Fighter and a Jujitsu expert at present. She is also a TV actress and appeared in Film named “No Reservations,” which was a box office hit and grossed over $92 Million worldwide.

Below is the list of MMA Fighters, along with their net worth:

NamesNet Worth
Georges St-Pierre$30 Million
Brock Lesnar$22 Million
Anderson Silva$18 Million
Randy Couture$17 Million
Ronda Rousey$12 Million
Royce Gracie$5 Million
Ken Shamrock$1.5 Million

Ottavia’s Husband Net Worth

Anthony Bourdain’s net worth was estimated to be around $1.2 Million.

He was a celebrity chef, an author, and a travel documentarian.

 He dropped out of his college to follow his passion and rejoined the Culinary Institute of America to improve his skills. 

He wrote the article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” was famous worldwide. 

Several books like “Kitchen: Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, “A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines,” were written by him. 


  1. Ottavia was born in 1978, which makes her age 41 as of 2019. She celebrates her birthday on July 11 every year.
  2. She was 22 years younger than her husband, Anthony, when they got married.
  3. Their daughter Ariane performed at a concert days after her father’s death and paid tribute to him. She also wore the boot Anthony bought for her.
  4. Ottavia’s ex-husband Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61 in his hotel room in France on 8 June 2018.
  5. We cover most of the information about Ottavia Busia, as it is difficult to find on other wiki sites.

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Updated On Mon Aug 21 2023 Published On Thu Jan 16 2020 By paper-boat

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