Anthony Bourdain on His Split From MMA Fighter Ottavia Busia: 'There's No Injured Party Here'
Anthony Bourdain recently separated from his wife, mixed martial artist Ottavia Busia, after nine years together but the celebrity chef says there are no hard feelings.
“My wife and I live, have lived, very separate lives for years,” Bourdain told PEOPLE while discussing his upcoming cookbook, Appetites. “There’s no drama here. We get along really, really well and it’s not a big lifestyle change happening here.”
Bourdain, 60—who shares a nine-year-old daughter, Ariane, with Busia, 38—admits that it can be “really tough” having to travel and be away from his family “about 250 days a year” for his work on projects like CNN’s Parts Unknown. But “it’s what my daughter is used to,” he says.
“You know, this is a girl who knows her parents are weird. We have somehow managed to raise a very healthy, very happy, self-assured little girl who knows she’s loved, who finds her parents entertaining.”
Now their focus is continuing to raise their daughter together: “As a family, I think we’ve done a really good job and we’re doing a really good job and would like to keep it that way,” he added. “As a marriage, clearly it’s not ideal but there’s no injured party here, nobody’s angry, nobody feels like the injured party, nobody feels like a victim. So we’ll proceed like that.”
When news broke of their separation on Monday, Busia also released a statement to Page Six saying, “Because of professional decisions we both have made, my husband and I have been for years in an unconventional relationship. Nothing has changed. We love each other. We respect the decisions the other has made. And we’ll always consider ourselves a family.”
As for whether he’ll start dating anytime soon, Bourdain tells PEOPLE, “I’m in no rush to even think about that honestly.”