One of Hollywood’s hottest couples has gone cold! Russell Brand has filed for divorce from Katy Perry.
The ‘Arthur’ star – who married the ‘Firework’ singer in India in October 2010 – lodged papers in Los Angeles citing “irreconcilable differences” but has vowed that the pair will remain friends. According to gossip website TMZ, Russell said: “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
Russell, 36, and Katy had fuelled speculation all was not well with their union after spending Christmas 7,000 miles apart with Katy in Hawaii, while her husband was in Cornwall, South West England. The couple reportedly had a “massive fight” over the festive season and Russell was spotted shopping in London yesterday with his diamond wedding ring noticeably absent.
The pair are believed to have originally planned to spend the holidays with the comedian’s mother Barbara in London before they became involved in a furious argument, and Katy decided to jet off to Hawaii with friends.
A source recently explained: “They had a massive fight. She was like, ‘F**k you. I’m going to do my own thing,’ and Russell said, ‘Fine, f**k you too! Things are not good. The fighting is getting worse.”
According to TMZ.com, the couple knew their relationship was in trouble two months ago but were determined to work on it and try and stay together. However, their efforts didn’t work and both Katy and Russell accepting their once strong love “just wasn’t there” any longer.
The pair made the decision to file divorce papers before spending Christmas apart, with the 27-year-old singer heading to Hawaii with friends, while the 36-year-old comedian spending the festive holiday in Cornwall, South West England.
The couple must now decide how they will split their combined £50 million estate, with the divorce papers showing the rights to their properties are yet to be assigned. They own a £2.5 million California mansion together, while Russell has a £2 million London home.
Katy is worth a reputed £35 million, more than double Russell’s £15 million.
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