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Anthony Bourdain Talks His Lengthy-Distance Relationship with Girlfriend Asia Argento

Anthony Bourdain has fortunately difficult his already hectic journey schedule to accommodate his relationship with Rome-based actress Asia Argento.

On this week’s concern of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, the chef-turned-TV-host, who spends about 250 days a yr capturing his CNN present Elements Unknown, opens up about what makes their long-distance romance work so properly.

“I need to spend as a lot time along with her as I can,” says Bourdain—even when which means getting on a airplane extra typically than he already does.

The globetrotter by no means shoots two cities back-to-back. As an alternative he reserves about 5 days a month to spend with Ariane, his 11-year-old daughter along with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia in New York, adopted by journeys to go to Argento, 42, in Italy.

It helps that the actress, whom he met when the 2 collaborated on the Rome episode of Elements Unknown in 2016, is closely concerned in his artistic course of. She just lately directed an upcoming episode set in Hong Kong and Bourdain will typically seek the advice of Argento for her wealthy data of music and movie when placing collectively the sequence.

Requested if her presence has made him softer on and off set, Bourdain admits, “I’m happier for certain. It’s good to be with any person who I see as a peer.”

“She’s been on this circus since she was 9,” he provides. “She is aware of a lot extra about so lots of the issues which are necessary to me—music, books, movie, the technical facets of movie, and simply the bizarre state of celeb, being any person that folks come as much as. That’s one thing she’s handled lots longer than me. I used to be 44 earlier than that began taking place. Whereas, it’s been like that for her since she was a child.”

PEOPLE spent three days with Anthony Bourdain whereas he filmed an episode of Elements Unknown. Decide up the newest concern, on newsstands Friday, to get a better take a look at his life on the highway, his final journey ideas and secrets and techniques from the set.

Their shared priorities additionally clearly make these two an ideal match.

“This lady likes to work. She is powerful, impartial, artistic, and must have an obsession, must make issues,” says Bourdain. “I believe we’re each relieved by the truth that we each respect one another’s work. No person’s ever going to say, ‘Oh, however you promised we had been going to go to the seaside.’ No, you get a gig, that’s it. Work first.”

Elements Unknown airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

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