Anthony Bourdain's ex-wife and the mother of his child breaks her silence: 'I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are'

Anthony Bourdain’s second wife and the mother of his only child, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, broke her silence on Sunday.

The mixed martial artist fighter whom the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown star married in 2007 and separated from in 2016 shared a photo of their 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, standing in front of a microphone performing onstage with her peers. “Our little girl had her concert today,” Busia-Bourdain wrote. “She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her.”

She ended the post by writing, “I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”

Busia-Bourdain moved from Italy to the United States and got into the restaurant business. Bourdain’s best friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert, who sadly discovered Bourdain dead in his hotel room in France on Friday as a result of an apparent suicide, was her boss when she was a hostess at one of his restaurants and set them up. The couple got matching tattoos on one of their first dates. In April 2007, they welcomed their only daughter — he was 50 — and they married just over a week later.

When Bourdain and Busia-Bourdain, who got into mixed martial artist after having their daughter (introducing Anthony into jujitsu), split in 2016, he said it was due to his crazy work schedule, and being away from home 250 days a year. In an interview with People magazine in February, he said it was important to him that never shoot in two cities back-to-back for his CNN series, so he could spend five days a month with Ariane, who lives with Busia-Bourdain in New York. A source told the magazine, “It was quite evident that Tony was a ‘lighter’ human being around his daughter. When he spoke about her, his eyes danced. He talked about her constantly.”

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NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Ottavia Busia and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
NEW YORK - JULY 30: Television personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia attend the 'Julie & Julia' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend 2009 CREATIVE ARTS EMMY AWARDS at NOKIA Theatre on September 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend the 'Julie and Julia Film Premiere' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Ottavia Busia and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank for New York City's 8th Annual Can-Do Awards dinner at Abigail Kirsch?s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Food Bank)
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Chef Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Busia, guest and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio attend the Food Bank for New York City's 8th Annual Can-Do Awards dinner at Abigail Kirsch?s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Food Bank)
(L-R) Ottavia Busia and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend 'Have A Foodie Holiday' in partnership with Food Network, Cooking Channel and Illycafe at Barneys New York on November 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: TV personality Anthony Bourdain and wife, Ottavia Busia attend the 'Treme' New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia attend the 53rd annual CLIO awards at the American Museum of Natural History on May 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend UFC On FOX VIP Party at Mondrian Soho on May 3, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia attends 20th Annual City Harvest An Evening Of Practical Magic at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Ottavia Bourdain and Anthony Bourdain attend On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on October 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend the premiere of 'The Big Short' at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Ottavia Busia and chef Anthony Bourdain attend the premiere of 'The Big Short' at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 10: TV Personality Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Bourdain attend 'Parts Unknown Last Bite' Live CNN Talk Show hosted by Anthony Bourdain at Atomic Liquors on November 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 24280_001_0280.JPG (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
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The girl inspired his 2016 cookbook, Appetites, which was dedicated to her and her best friend. “They’re my principal dining public these days,” he told NPR in October 2016 — one month after he announced his split from Busia-Bourdain. “They’re my audience. That’s who I cook for most of the time, if I’m cooking for other people.”

Because Bourdain and Busia-Bourdain hadn’t finalized their divorce, she is his next of kin. Bourdain’s mother, former New York Times editor Gladys Bourdain, told Page Six over the weekend, “Although they’re separated, she’ll be in charge of whatever happens,” she said. “We haven’t talked for a couple days. I’m sure she’s as broken up as I am.” 

So what is happening with his funeral? Well, it’s on hold for now as they wait for the French government to give the okay. “They won’t be shipping his remains back for a couple of days because of formalities,” Gladys shared.

Gladys was interviewed by NBC News on Monday. She said that she last spoke to her son on Mother’s Day and there was never any sign something was wrong. She described him as “feisty, and very talented” and hopes he will be remembered as “a lover of people of all kinds.”

Bourdain had been dating Italian actress Asia Argento, whom he met when he shot an episode of Parts Unknown in Rome in 2016. After she issued a statement on Friday, calling him “my love, my rock, m my protector,” she was photographed leaving her home over the weekend with one of her two children.

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TMZ reported that Asia, who has been a central fixture in the #MeToo movement, was probably headed to his funeral, that doesn’t seem likely because it’s not yet planned. There has also been speculation they were having trouble in their romance.

Over the weekend a little bit more was learned about Bourdain’s death. Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny said there were no indications anyone had entered his hotel room at Le Chambard, a five-star hotel in Kaysersberg, nor was there any other sign of foul play. The case is officially closed, and “we’re ready to give the body to his family.”

Bourdain also skipped dinner with Ripert in the hotel on Thursday night and did not show up for breakfast the next morning, according to the New York Times. At that point,  Ripert tried to reach Bourdain on his cellphone, leading a receptionist to go into Bourdain’s room, where he was found hanging from a hotel bathrobe belt in the bathroom. “This leads us to suspect that not much preparation and premeditation went into the act, and leads us more in the direction of an impulsive act,” de Rocquigny said.

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UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Chef Anthony Bourdain has a drink at Tintol restaurant in Times Square. Bourdain, 49, is the star of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,' the Travel Channel series that's half travelogue and half food show. Traveling constantly for the show, on which he regularly grosses viewers out by eating such delicacies as fermented shark meat in Iceland - 'the smell alone would stop a rhinoceros in its tracks,' he says - means he's only in his Manhattan apartment a few days out of the month. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Chef Anthony Bourdain, 27 October 2003. AFR Picture by MICHELE MOSSOP (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Chef Anthony Bourdain does a cooking demonstration at the South Beach Food And Wine Festival on February 26, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Chef Tom Colicchio and TV personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Village on February 28, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: Anthony Bourdain discusses his book 'Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook' presented by Books and Books at Lincoln Theatre on June 30, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
TOP CHEF -- 'An Offer They Can't Refuse' Episode 808 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jduges Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain (Photo by David Giesbrecht/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Anthony Bourdain attends the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village during the 2011 South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 27, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends the Great Googa Mooga 2012 at Prospect Park on May 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 650 -- Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Bourdain, Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: Ira James/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TASTE - ABC's 'The Taste' features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain. (Photo by Sasha Shemirani/ABC via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Anthony Bourdain attends the Disney ABC Television Group 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 10, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Bourdain attends the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Anthony Bourdain signs his book at Hey New York: Meet Anthony Bourdain + Eric Ripert book signing event for his book 'Appetites: A Cookbook' at Williams-Sonoma Columbus Circle on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 10: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends 'Parts Unknown Last Bite' Live CNN Talk Show hosted by Anthony Bourdain at Atomic Liquors on November 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 24280_001_0026.JPG (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (L-R) Senior vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis, Anthony Bourdain and Senior vice president of development and acquisitions Vinnie Malhotra attend the CNN Upfront 2014 at Skylight Modern on April 10, 2014 in New York City. 24679_002_0417.JPG (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Turner Networks)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0657 -- Pictured: (l-r) Author/Chef Anthony Bourdain and host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on April 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Chef, Author and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attends The 2015 Bronx Academy Of Letters Chefs' Tasting Benefit at The Edison Ballroom on March 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (L-R) Chef Mario Batali, Artist Shantell Martin, and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Author/chef Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Center For Fiction Benefit & Awards at The Metropolitan Club on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
Anthony Bourdain poses with the outstanding informational series or special award for "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
REFILE-QUALITY REPEAT U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Anthony Bourdain after an interview at a shopping area of Hanoi, Vietnam May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento attend the 2018 Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:Anthony Bourdain is seen in midtown on January 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Anthony Bourdain attends Build Series Presents discussing The New Documentary 'Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent'at Build Studio on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
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