Anthony Bourdain, 61, was a gifted storyteller and writer who traveled around the world sharing unique and delicious foods and drinks. He was exceptionally talented and a renowned chef, but his recent death on June 8, 2018 shocked all who knew of him. The news has led people to wonder, who is Anthony Bourdain’s wife? Here are some facts to know about his dating history.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” said CNN in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
While in Strasbourg, France, working on a new episode for his series Parts Unknown, his close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert found him unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning. Many believe his death was self-inflicted. Fans and colleagues flooded Twitter and social media with responses of sadness, shock, and nostalgia for times they spent with him.
Bourdain was in a relationship with actress, director, and activist Asia Argento when he died, and is survived by his 11-year-old daughter Ariane, and two ex-wives Ottavia Busia and Nancy Putkoski. Here’s what we know about Anthony Bourdain’s dating history.
1. Nancy Putkoski
Anthony Bourdain’s first wife was Nancy Putkoski. She was his high school sweetheart, and they were married from 1985 to 2005. Very limited information is known about his first wife, but his next marriage gained much more attention.
2. Ottavia Busia
Bourdain’s second wife was Italian-born Ottavia Busia. In 2002, she moved to the U.S. and worked in the restaurant industry. She eventually met Ripert, who set her up with Bourdain. The couple had their first date in 2007, and Bourdain quickly fell in love with her. Within weeks of their first date, they tied the knot on April 20, 2007. The couple’s daughter, Ariane, was born later that year. Their marriage lasted nine years, and they both enjoyed a love for food and Brazilian jujitsu, but Bourdain’s need to travel for work put a strain on their relationship. In 2016, the couple decided to end their marriage. Thankfully, they remained good friends, and continued to co-parent their daughter.
3. Asia Argento
Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend at the time of his death was Italian actress and filmmaker, Asia Argento. Like his previous wife, Argento also gained a lot of spotlight, especially for her own bold public moves. She directed an episode of Parts Unknown, when Bourdain visited Hong Kong, and he was very impressed with her work. “I’d love to have her a continuing director. I just don’t think we can afford her. But, I’d love nothing more than to repeat the experience. She made it incredible.”
Argento also gained media attention after accusing former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. “I don’t think a lot of people understand what happens to women when they are pressed by men,” she said in an interview. “We fear for our life. We are paralyzed. That’s what happened to me. This movement is the most important thing that has happened to women since the right to vote. And if we stop this conversation, we are really doomed.”
She wrote an op-ed for Women in the World before appearing at the 9th Annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. In it, she addressed the #MeToo movement, and spoke about the judgmental responses she received for accusing Weinstein last October.
“What has been done cannot be undone,” she said. “What has been revealed can no longer be hidden. What has been said can no longer be unspoken. For speaking truth to power, I have been called a whore, a liar, a traitor and an opportunist. The one thing I will not be though, the one thing none of us will be, is silenced.”
Her experience made Bourdain a strong supporter and outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement.
Many Mourn the Loss of a Talented Man
Many colleagues, friends, family members, and fans took to Twitter to express and share their feelings towards Bourdain’s death.
Gordon Ramsay called on his followers to “remember that help is a phone call away.”
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
Glee star Lea Michele wrote that his death was a “heartbreaking loss.”
Another heartbreaking loss.. you are and will always be one of my idols Anthony Bourdain.. watching your show always brought me such happiness. Thoughts and prayers are with your family now… ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mXZuS8RvSb
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) June 8, 2018
Hundreds more are sharing their compassion and concern for anyone struggling with thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Our condolences go out to Bourdain’s family and loved ones.