The storybook marriage of 27-year-old Rebekah Gregory and 30-year-old Pete DiMartino appears to have come to an end. The couple grew close to one another as victims at the ground zero blast at the 2013 Boston Marathon. They were at the finish line awaiting DiMartino’s mother complete the 26.2 mile run. It was then the blast occurred that claimed the lives of three people and injured scores of others. Both Gregory and DiMartino escaped with their lives, but both were maimed as a result. Gregory would end up losing her right leg. DiMartino would suffer a shattered knee and badly damaged Achilles tendon.
“After the decision was made to amputate my leg in November, I found myself having to make an even more painful choice — to separate from my husband Pete,” Gregory told People. “Over the last several months I’ve come to realize that going through such a horrific event together put a fast-forward on our relationship that we each handled differently.
“While my heart is beyond broken, I have a certain peace knowing from day one, I truly gave it my all, and have been fully invested in keeping this marriage, and my commitment before God. I still love Pete with all of my heart and ask that everyone respect our privacy as we try to figure out our next steps. As for now, I am focused on doing what I feel is best for my son and I, and will concentrate my time on healing, both physically and emotionally.”
At first, it appeared that the adversity brought the couple together on a deeper plane that most could only dream of having. Their romance blossomed and the couple were married in a castle in North Carolina. Now, Gregory has announced that she has separated from her husband after less than a year of marriage. In explaining her reasons for the breakup, she cited that as time passed it became apparent they responded to the bombing attack differently. She now attributes the attack as having hastened their relationship before it had time to sufficiently evolve.
At the same time, Gregory admits the looming trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been taking a toll on her emotionally. She feels as if her life goals have been absorbed in issues related to the trial and the separation from her husband. For the time being, she is concentrating on her son.
“Today I realized that lately, life has gotten a little overwhelming,” she wrote Feb. 17 on Facebook. “I have set such high expectations for myself, while meanwhile going through other major struggles completely unrelated to my amputation. My dreams have once again been clouded by nightmares (probably due to the ‘other stuff’ and the trial.) And I have overall had this feeling of being really unsettled.”
Boston Marathon bombing victims separate