Anthony Bourdain's 'Strong' 11-Year-Old Daughter Delivers Performance After His Death

anthony bourdain’s ‘strong’ 11-year-old daughter delivers performance after his death

Just days after her beloved dad took his own life, Bourdain's daughter, Ariane, gave a 'strong and brave' performance. Even sweeter, the youngster didn't take the stage without a reminder of her father.

Ariane, whose mother is Bourdain's ex-wife Ottavia Busia, is an aspiring musician. And she took to the stage to perform just days after her father's tragic suicide.

Ottavia posted a photo of her ex-husband's only child holding a microphone at DROM, a music venue in Manhattan's East Village, on Instagram.

anthony bourdain's 'strong' 11-year-old daughter delivers performance after his death

This photo was Ottavia's first post on social media since Bourdain sadly died.

In the caption, Ottavia wrote:


"Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her."

"I hope you are having a good trip wherever you are."

Bourdain had a close and special bond with daughter Ariane. He always made a point to talk about her in his books, during interviews and to people around him.

In his book Appetites: A Cookbook, he wrote:

"Fatherhood has been an enormous relief, as I am now genetically, instinctually compelled to care more about someone other than myself."

"I like being a father. No, I love being a father. Everything about it."

anthony bourdain's 'strong' 11-year-old daughter delivers performance after his death

Bourdain also said he was 'happy and developed a sense of responsibility due to his daughter.'

In an interview with People magazine, he added that he would hang on to life as long as he could for Ariane.

He said:

"I also do feel I have things to live for."


"There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, 'I've had a good run... Why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing ... jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth.'"

"[Before my daughter, I would] go to places where I was, frankly, asking for trouble. It was a daredevil move."

"In retrospect, I don't know that I would do that today… now that I'm a dad or reasonably happy."

anthony bourdain's 'strong' 11-year-old daughter delivers performance after his death

When his career started to get in the way of his relationship with his daughter, Bourdain came up with ways to spend more time with her.

For instance, he explained to the People that he always made sure he never shot episodes of Parts Unknown in two cities back-to-back.


He did this so he could spend at least five days out of the month with his daughter.

And although he was dating Italian actress Asia Argento since 2017, Bourdain still had a close relationship with Ariane's mom.

anthony bourdain's 'strong' 11-year-old daughter delivers performance after his death

In 2016, he commented on his relationship with Ottavia after announcing their breakup.

He said:

"My wife and I live, have lived, very separate lives for years."

"There's no drama here. We get along really, really well. And it's not a big lifestyle change happening here."