Groom Regrets NYT Homewrecking Wedding Story

December 21, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Sex and The City’s Carrie Bradshaw said it best: “Sunday is the one day a week you get the single woman’s sports pages: the New York Times wedding section.”

This weekly ritual is a must-read for many singles and married across the country. To see who got married to whom and how they met is titillating, especially when there’s a bit of scandal, like the story written about a bride and groom who fell in love while still married to other people.

Now, the groom regrets the over share.

Carol Anne Riddell, a former New York City TV reporter, had no problem airing her dirty laundry for the world to read in last Sunday’s Vows section of the New York Times. Riddell says:

We did this because we just wanted one honest account of how this happened for our sakes and for our kids’ sakes… There was nothing in the story we were ashamed of (via Forbes).

Riddell’s groom, advertising executive, John Partilla, however, is feeling a bit chagrined about the whole thing — especially since people who read the New York Times wedding section are pretty peeved over it. Patrilla says:

I think if we had had an indication afterwards of the nerve it would have struck, we obviously would not have shared our life in any way publicly (via Page Six).

Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla, who both have kids from the marriages they ended in order to be together, caused an outrage on the web and the NY Times Vows comment section has shut down because there were so many people wanting to get their two cents in.

The New York Times wedding section read:

The part that’s hard for people to believe is we didn’t have an affair,’ Ms. Riddell said. ‘I didn’t want to sneak around and sleep with him on the side. I wanted to get up in the morning and read the paper with him.

And because of the noble way in which they did this, Riddell has no regrets.

“We are really proud of our family and proud of the way we’ve handled this situation over the past year,” she said.

Lets hope it sticks this time!


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  1. How sad. Shamefull.

  2. I think that being in the New York Times is such a BIG HONOR that some people do it for the wrong reasons.. and with newspapers struggling so much for a wide readership, they must be OVERJOYED at the stink this has caused.

  3. I’m sure Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla will be regretting this for years to come. Think of how their families and children must feel? Embarassing.

  4. it’s a pity


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