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Anthony Bourdain’s estranged wife breaks down in tears in Roadrunner documentary

Anthony Bourdain’s (right) estranged ex-wife (left) is speaking out about their relationship for the first time since his suicide in 2018

Anthony Bourdain’s estranged ex-wife has revealed how she watched him take a dark turn after they separated and said she wishes she’d kept a closer eye on him before his suicide in 2018. 

MMA fighter Ottavia Busia-Bourdain spoke out about her relationship with Bourdain for the first time in the new documentary Roadrunner, which takes a deep dive into the final year of the famed chef’s life.  

Describing her husband of nearly a decade after the pair separated in 2016, Busia-Bourdain said: ‘He was not the same person. 

‘Something changed and became really heavy but he started going to therapy at a certain point and I thought: ‘I can take a step back, I don’t have to be like you know always so worried about him.’ 

With tears streaming down her face she added: ‘I feel like that is something that I will always … I should have kept an eye on him more.’ 

Ottavia Busia-Bourdain (right) reveals how she watched Bourdain (left) take a dark turn after they separated and said she wishes she'd kept a closer eye on him

Ottavia Busia-Bourdain (right) reveals how she watched Bourdain (left) take a dark turn after they separated and said she wishes she’d kept a closer eye on him

Throughout the film released on Friday, Busia shared the emotional evolution of their love story beginning with how the couple was first introduced by chef Eric Ripert, their separation in 2016 and everything in between.  

Busia-Bourdain explained that their lifestyles took a toll on their family, saying that Bourdain seemed to always want the ‘idyllic picture of family and ordinary life’ and that when he got that, it ‘wasn’t enough anymore’.

The couple, who never legally divorced, separated after nine years of marriage, but continued to co-parent their daughter, Ariane.

Busia-Bourdain said she is so grateful for their child and all the memories the family shared together, noting that she chooses to remember Bourdain in that light instead of focusing on his death. 

‘I think this is the last time I’ll ever talk publicly about it because that’s not the way I want to remember him,’ she said. ‘I want to remember when we were together, all the amazing things that we’d done and the amazing person that he was.’ 

Busia-Bourdain, pictured with Bourdain and their daughter, says her husband of nearly a decade 'was not the same person' after their split

Busia-Bourdain, pictured with Bourdain and their daughter, says her husband of nearly a decade ‘was not the same person’ after their split

Busia-Bourdain (left) said she is so grateful for their daughter and all the memories the family shared together, noting that she chooses to remember Bourdain (right) in that light instead of focusing on his death

Busia-Bourdain (left) said she is so grateful for their daughter and all the memories the family shared together, noting that she chooses to remember Bourdain (right) in that light instead of focusing on his death

Bourdain died by suicide at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018, while away in France with Ripert, who was reportedly his best friend.

Roadrunner features videos of the star himself interspersed with interviews from those who knew him best, including Busia-Bourdain.

The film also depicts his whirlwind romance with Italian actress Asia Argento, which began in 2017, and talks about his first marriage to Nancy Putkosi.

According to USA Today, although Busia appears in interviews throughout the film, Roadrunner director Morgan Neville chose not to speak with Argento due to the ‘complicated nature’ of her relationship with Bourdain.

Argento and Bourdain dated for two years and are said to have experienced ‘very high high and low lows’ that allegedly made ‘Bourdain sometimes manic and unpredictable at work’.

Bourdain (pictured above) died by suicide at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018, while away in France

Bourdain (pictured above) died by suicide at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018, while away in France

Those who knew him say Bourdain (pictured above eating an ice cream cone) struggled with mental health issues for several years

Those who knew him say Bourdain (pictured above eating an ice cream cone) struggled with mental health issues for several years

It highlights his family life, career and takes a look at the sad truth behind his struggle with his mental health.

‘The fact of the matter is, his life was full of darkness, always,’ Neville told the New York Times earlier this week.

The academy-award winner says he wanted to show both sides of Bourdain’s life.

 ‘What I felt like I had to do was figure out how to reconcile these two sides of Tony,’ he explained. ‘Because I think when he died, the overwhelming thought that I heard from people was, ‘How the hell does somebody like Anthony Bourdain kill himself?’ Because he had such an amazing life.’

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is in theaters now. 

Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-900-273-8255); TTY: 1-900-799-4TTY (4889). 

AI technology brings Anthony Bourdain’s voice to life in new documentary film ‘Roadrunner’ 

The new documentary film highlighting the life of world-renown chef Anthony Bourdain feature's the deceased star's voice thanks to the use of artificial intelligence

The new documentary film highlighting the life of world-renown chef Anthony Bourdain feature’s the deceased star’s voice thanks to the use of artificial intelligence

The new documentary film highlighting the life of world-renown chef Anthony Bourdain feature’s the deceased star’s voice thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Academy Award winner and Roadrunner director Morgan Neville says he has ‘no reservations’ using AI technology to record several lines for the film in the chef’s voice.

According to ABC News, AI technology stitched together audio recordings of Bourdain over the years and recorded several lines for the film that he may have never actually spoken.

‘If you watch the film — you probably don’t know what the other lines are that were spoken by the A.I., and you’re not going to know,’ Neville said.

For example, in the film, Bourdain’s voice is heard saying, ‘You are successful, and I am successful, and I’m wondering: Are you happy?’

This line was voiced by the AI but was actually written by Bourdain himself. Neville says he discovered the line in an email Bourdain sent to a friend before he died.

‘It was a modern storytelling technique that I used in a few places where I thought it was important to make Tony’s words come alive,’ Neville told the news outlet. 

Director Morgan Neville says he has 'no reservations' using AI technology to record several lines for the film in Bourdain's (pictured above) voice

Director Morgan Neville says he has ‘no reservations’ using AI technology to record several lines for the film in Bourdain’s (pictured above) voice

Neville says he received permission to use the AI technology from both Bourdain's (right) widow, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain (left), and literary executor

Neville says he received permission to use the AI technology from both Bourdain’s (right) widow, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain (left), and literary executor

Additionally, Neville says he received permission to use the AI technology from both Bourdain’s widow, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, and literary executor.

 However, Busia-Bourdain took to Twitter Friday saying she did not offer her approval.

‘I certainly was NOT the one who said Tony would have been cool with that,’ she wrote. 

AI technology has been used in several other films, ABC News reports. In fact, Star Wars used AI technology and previously unreleased footage from The Force Awakens to have Carrie Fisher appear posthumously in The Rise of Skywalker.


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