British comedian Russell Brand has announced today that he filed for divorce from singer Katy Perry after 14 months of marriage.
Russell Brand, 36, said in a statement today: “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
The British comedian was spotted in London today without his wedding ring for the second day in a row.
Russell Brand’s legal team filed court documents at the Superior Court in Los Angeles today citing ”irreconcilable differences”.
The divorce documents, which refer to Katy Perry, 27, by her give name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, show there are “community property assets”, suggesting there may not be a pre-nuptial agreement in place.
It does not list a date of separation.
The couple sparked rumors of trouble after celebrating Christmas 7,000 miles apart. Russell Brand spent the festive day in Cornwall while Katy Perry was with friends in Hawaii.
Katy Perry, who is yet to comment on the split, was not wearing her wedding ring either when she was photographed frolicking in the surf on December 25.
The pair’s split comes just four weeks after Russell Brand declared his relationship was going strong.
Russell Brand told Ellen DeGeneres on December 2: “I’m really happily married. I’m married to Katy. Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge. I’m still alive.”
In November, Katy Perry told the same TV host that that she “would love to have children” with Russell Brand.
Katy Perry said: “I think that’s one of the reasons you get married, especially to the person that you marry. You think: <<That person is going to be a good partner, a good parent.>>”
Asked if she wanted a big family, Katy Perry added: “If it doesn’t hurt the first time I’ll keep popping them out.”
But there was clearly trouble brewing when they decided to spend Christmas apart, allegedly after a huge row.
A source was quoted as telling Us Weekly magazine: “They had a massive fight. She was like, <<F*** you. I’m going to do my own thing.>>”
Meanwhile the insider said that Russell Brand replied: “Fine, f*** you too.”
Katy Perry began dating Russell Brand in 2008 after meeting on the set of Get Him to the Greek.
He proposed just four months later on New Year’s Eve and they were married in October 2010.
Their lavish ceremony at a five-star resort in India included two elephants, acrobats and jugglers.
Russell Brand was once notorious in England as a hard-partying bachelor and self-confessed sex addict.
He later had a spiritual awakening and got sober after years of heroin and alcohol abuse.
The actor insisted he’d reformed his wild ways before settling down with Katy Perry.
“I think I was ready for it,” Russell Brand 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.”
Russell Brand will next appear in the 80’s musical film, Rock Of Ages, alongside Tom Cruise.