This Is Everything We Know About the Women in Anthony Bourdain’s Life

Anthony Bourdain left behind a legacy. But he also left behind several important women who impacted his life, including his ex-wives, his girlfriend, and his daughter, Ariane Bourdain. Read on to learn about the women in Bourdain’s life, plus how his daughter has been doing since his passing (page 6).

Anthony Bourdain took his own life in June 2018

Anthony Bourdain during a press event.

Bourdain will be greatly missed. | Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Turner

The world tragically lost the beloved chef, television host, and remarkable storyteller after he took his own life in a hotel room in France. Bourdain had dealt with drug addiction but successfully overcame it. He had also admitted in the past to being suicidal at times, especially when his first marriage ended in 2005. He took his obsession with food and built an empire from it, becoming one of the most beloved chefs of all time.

Next: Bourdain had two important women in his life just before his passing. 

He leaves behind a loving girlfriend and daughter

Anthony Bourdain and his daughter.

He left behind a legacy. | AccessOnline via Twitter

When Bourdain took his life, he took a part of others’ lives with him. His girlfriend, Asia Argento, and daughter, Ariane Bourdain, both must learn to live without the man with whom they were closest. Plus, other women who played a role in Bourdain’s life, including his ex-girlfriend Paula Froelich, paid tribute to him after his passing. Froelich also wrote a long Twitter thread about depression and the monumental control it can have over people.

Next: Bourdain and Argento had been together less than two years. 

Bourdain met Asia Argento while filming ‘Parts Unknown’

Actor Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain on a red carpet.

The two met in Rome. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Bourdain and Argento began dating after they met in Rome while filming an episode of “Parts Unknown.” Bourdain was 19 years older than Argento. Their relationship also prompted Bourdain to become one of the biggest advocates of the #MeToo movement. Argento was one of the first women to step forward and accuse director Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. “I was lucky enough to meet one, truly extraordinary woman,” Bourdain said of Argento in 2017.

Next: Argento’s statement praised Bourdain’s generosity. 

Argento released a heartfelt statement after Bourdain’s passing

Asia Argento's tweet.

Asia Argento released her own statement. | Asia Argento via Twitter

When Bourdain passed, Argento quickly took to social media to praise her former boyfriend for the lives he touched and the person he was. Argento posted a statement to her Twitter account that included, “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many … He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated.” She also asked that everyone respect her privacy as well as Bourdain’s family’s privacy.

But rumors swirled when photos of Argento holding hands with someone else in Rome (in the days before Bourdain’s death) surfaced. If the couple had broken up, there was never any public announcement.

Next: Bourdain had two wives before his relationship with Argento. 

But he was married twice before Argento

Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain on a red carpet.

Ottavia Busia and Bourdain remained amicable after their divorce. | Frederick M. Brown /Getty Images

Before Bourdain and Argento dated, he was married twice. Bourdain’s first wife, Nancy Putkoski, was his high school sweetheart. He also once said she was a big reason for his drug addiction. The couple divorced in 2005. Bourdain then dated and married Ottavia Busia, with whom he shared a daughter. Busia and Bourdain remained friends and amicable co-parents after their divorce. They said they’d been living separate lives for quite some time when they finally announced their split, and nobody was harmed when it happened.

Next: Bourdain’s daughter, Ariane, was the light of his life. 

Bourdain and Busia shared a daughter together, Ariane

Ariane Bourdain performing on stage.

Ariane Bourdain absolutely loved her father. | Sarcastard via Twitter

Ariane Bourdain is Anthony Bourdain’s only child. After his passing, Busia posted on social media about her daughter, calling her “strong and brave.” Ariane Bourdain had performed at a music venue just days after her father’s death, and Busia said in the post that her daughter, “Wore the boots you bought her,” referring to Ariane’s late father, Bourdain. Bourdain and Busia always worked to keep their daughter out of the spotlight, and the two co-parented well. According to Busia’s Instagram post, Ariane Bourdain appeared to be trying her best to resume life as normal.

Next: Bourdain once said this about his daughter. 

Bourdain said he felt a ‘responsibility to live’ once his daughter was born

Ariane playing with Anthony Bourdain in a pool.

Ariane lit up Bourdain’s life. | Eldiariony via Twitter

Bourdain would light up whenever conversation about his daughter ensued. And he told People back in February 2018 that had some responsibility to “at least try to live” now that he had a daughter. Bourdain said there had been times in his life when he thought about suicide, but his daughter made him not want to do it. “In retrospect, I don’t know that I would do that today — now that I’m a dad or reasonably happy,” he said.

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