After 14 months of marriage, Russell Brand has filed for divorce from Katy Perry.In papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Russell Brand, 36, cited “irreconcilable differences.” No other specifics were provided in the documents, though Russell Brand is asking that each party pay their own attorney fees and that their property rights be determined.”Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” Russell Brand tells Us Weekly in a statement. “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
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The California-born pop star, 27, and the British comedian-turned-actor began dating in 2009. Russell Brand popped the question four months later, and they were married in October 2010 in a lavish ceremony – that included two elephants as well as acrobats and jugglers – at a luxury resort in northern India.
In the early months of their marriage, the two were giddy in their compliments to each other.Perry called Russell Brand her great man of God, while Russell Brand said his spiritual and emotional connection to his bride made him “love everyone.”In Redbook’s April issue, Russell Brand said he had been more than happy to give up his partying ways to settle down.
“I think I was ready for it,” he said. “If you’re wild, like a wild animal, marriage won’t contain you. I think that’s how a lot of people get into trouble.”But in recent weeks, they faced a drumbeat of rumors of trouble in their marriage. Both laughed off the reports, with Russell Brand telling Ellen DeGeneres earlier this month, “I am really happily married.”
The couple spent Christmas apart, Russell Brand was pictured in Cornwall while Perry was seen spending it with friends in Hawaii – neither was wearing a wedding ring.Russell Brand made his US breakthrough presenting the MTV awards in 2008, causing outrage when he branded then-President George W Bush “a retarded cowboy fella” who “wouldn’t be trusted with scissors” in England.Despite the controversy, he was asked back in 2009 and went on to score acting roles in Hollywood comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
This year Russell Brand played the animated heir to the Easter Bunny’s throne in the family film “Hop” and took on the title role in “Arthur”, a reimagining of the 1981 Dudley Moore classic. There had been rumours of a split after they spent Christmas apart, Russell Brand in Cornwall and U.S. pop singer Perry in Hawaii.They were married Oct. 23, 2010, in a ceremony on a tiger preserve in India and have been seen together all this year on red carpets for music awards and film openings.
The couple got engaged in January 2010 after meeting at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where he hosted and she performed.Earlier this month, Russell Brand, star of Arthur and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, denied in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that they were splitting up.