Maria Papadakis Is Getting Divorced

“I’m heartbroken,” says the beautiful socialite, just seven months after her fairytale wedding.

The new issue of Philadelphia Wedding, about to hit newsstands this week, features a gorgeous four-page spread documenting the November 2012 nuptials of Maria Papadakis and Brendan Kent, who tied the knot in one of the most glamorous ceremonies Philadelphia has seen in a long time. But today, the newlyweds are headed for divorce.

Less than eight months after her guests dined on sumptuous fare from Jose Garces, were serenaded with an operatic “Maria, Maria” from West Side Story (see the video below), and danced to the Eddie Bruce Orchestra under the big chandelier in the Academy of Music’s main theater, the 28-year-old Papadakis says that her relationship with Kent is effectively over. “I’m heartbroken things have happened the way they did,” she says. “It’s been painful.”

The couple met in 2010, one year after Papadakis’s father, Drexel University president Constantine Papadakis, passed away. According to the story in Philadelphia Wedding, Kent told Papadakis over dinner at Stephen Starr’s Alma de Cuba that he wanted to marry her — it was their first date. Kent officially proposed several months later in front of the Cinderella castle at Disney World, but there would be no fairytale ending.

“There have been issues brewing for a while,” Papadakis says of the relationship, adding that Kent has moved out of their home at Broad Street’s Symphony House. She has removed her wedding ring and is working with a lawyer. “We have been apart for some time,” she explains, noting that she did not attend Kent’s recent graduation from Drexel. “I’m sure that was very awkward for him.”

Papadakis, who is developing a career in the media, declined to elaborate on the issues that have contributed to the downfall of her marriage, chalking the separation up to “irreconcilable differences.” She says that as recently as last week, she wasn’t sure which way things were heading, but that now, “things have come to a more finalized halt. Brendan and I have gone our separate ways. I am a hopeless romantic, and sometimes that gets the best of us.”

Kent was unable to be reached for comment. As of Monday afternoon, his Facebook page still featured several photos from the wedding.

Original photo by Marie Labbancz; used with permission of Maria Papadakis.

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  • Christi Christopher

    If you have had problems for awhile, you never should have gotten married. Getting married doesn’t fix anything. Also when your wedding is a complete production, you may want to reprioritize.

  • phillysportsfan

    “I want to marry you” on the first date isn’t a very good line. and since he actually meant it, it’s kind of creepy, no? and what does it say about the woman who goes for that?

    I mean, i could see telling a friend after the first date, “i think he/she is the one.” but not telling her that.

  • The Dog

    Wow, i called that one…Papadakis really is Philly’s version of Kim Kardashian! Vapid, no discernable talent, semi-famous deceased father and can’t make it to her 1st Wedding Anniversary. When does the “Sex Tape” come out?

  • Michele G Rogers

    I have no idea who she is. If she’s Philly’s Kim K, then I’m grateful for that.

  • Rachael Boseman

    Her being the Philly version of “KIm K” is possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard…she’s a girl who married a boy and it didn’t work out – get over it. Just because she’s getting divorced doesn’t mean that the marriage was a solution to problems or there will be a sex tape coming out. How do you even jump to that conclusion? It’s called life and I’m pretty sure the last thing she needs is relationship advice from all of you who most likely aren’t even married because you’re too busy antagonizing people you don’t know.

    • Maria Morgan

      Really you are going to get all high and mighty when people poke fun at a failed publicity stunt? Ha good luck with that. Perhaps her friends should have gotten off their pedestals and actually helped this girl out. Said any slew of cheesy one liners such as, this dude could be the next american psycho for all you know, doesn’t he work in finance? Run. Or just cause he proposes in front of the Disney castle does not make him prince charming. Nope instead this marriage was pimped out to media outlets with a 4 page spread soon to hit the stands. So no conclusions are abundant in this car reck of a marriage. Shocker two people who didn’t know one another, hadn’t been through life’s trials and tribulations crashed and burned. Rubbernecking 4 EVA.

      • Rachael Boseman

        High and mighty? It’s something educated people refer to as PERSPECTIVE (sound it out). This is hilarious. Yes most people in life do strive to mirror Kim K’s life so clearly that’s what this girl was trying to do. Really? I think your age still has fractions…and of course, every grown woman enjoys their FRIENDS getting involved with their marriage – that is how to make it work after all…I hope you find the Kim K deep inside of yourself soon so you can move on already. You know, the whole lack of significant education (even basic spelling), one failed marriage, and of course being knocked up thing she’s done that you’re going for – keep going, you’ll get there! I don’t know what “rubbernecking 4 eva” means but just type the extra words, it’s ok, you can do it. Next time overachiever. Good job, you get a sticker now.

  • Whatwhatwhat?

    I have a hard time understanding the local media’s obsession with her. There are a ton of motivated, accomplished, strong, intelligent, beautiful women in this City & Region that you could profile and while no one denies that Maria looks good in a cocktail dress or that her father was a transformative figure for the Drexel community, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot else there to warrant this excessive, odd coverage.

  • Toby

    He outkicked his coverage

  • Malby

    Marriage as spectacle. Lovely.