Russell Brand and Katy Perry split after “she put fame ahead of children”
Sweet music: The pair at last year”s Grammy Awards
Russell Brand’s marriage to Katy Perry collapsed as he became exasperated over her refusal to put her career on hold to start a family, it was revealed yesterday.
The star, 36, announced on Friday that the couple’s 14-month marriage was over after they spent Christmas apart and were both photographed without their wedding rings.
Brand’s lawyers filed divorce papers at Los Angeles Superior Court citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ between the pair who met at the MTV Music Awards in 2009 and were married in India a year later.
But last night sources close to Brand, who has carved out a successful Hollywood career starring in films such as the 2011 remake of Arthur, blamed the marriage breakdown on the fact his 27-year-old wife was not prepared to put motherhood ahead of fame.
One said: ‘I don’t think Katy really understood what marriage was about. I don’t think she was prepared to give up her career.
‘This wasn’t one of those occasions when Russell was mucking about, he wanted to settle down and have a family.
‘I don’t think that’s what Katy wants. I think she’s very confused. They’ve been speaking a lot.
‘There have been a lot of phone calls this week. Katy is 27. That’s not too young to get married. But professionally she is in a very powerful position.
‘She’s just done a year-long tour, she’s incredibly successful and she wasn’t ready to give up her career. I don’t think she was prepared to give that up and give time to the marriage.
‘It was reported she was taking a year off, but I don’t think she’s doing that. It’s very sad. Russell is very cut up about it all.
Miles apart: Katy spent Christmas in Hawaii while Brand was photographed in Cornwall over the festive season
‘It’s not great news. It is very raw and very recent. I don’t know what will come from this.’
So far Miss Perry, who is understood to be in Hawaii, has not commented on the end of the marriage.
Yesterday, Brand was seen leaving the Savoy Hotel in Central London where he is believed to be staying.
Dressed in a grey jumper and leather jacket, the star made a low-key exit from the hotel with his face hidden by dark sunglasses and a woollen hat. One of those accompanying him was singer Florence Welch from the band Florence and the Machine.
On Friday, Katy’s father, Keith Hudson, 64, a born-again evangelical Christian who tours American churches with his wife Mary, was visibly upset as he spoke outside his home in Irvine, California.
Russell Brand watches the Christmas Day swim in Coverack, Cornwall, on Christmas Day while his wife Katy was in Hawaii
Low key: Brand accompanied by singer Florence Welch, far left, pictured leaving London”s Savoy Hotel today wearing dark glasses
He said: ‘I can’t talk, I’m sorry about that. I’ve had 1,500 people calling me today. I’m really sorry.’
News of the split came after months of speculation about the state of the couple’s relationship as they struggled to make time to see each other between their work commitments.
In November, Brand was forced to play down reports his wife had already filed for divorce during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres chat show saying: ‘What She could have told me.’
But the rumour mill went into overdrive when the couple were both photographed without their wedding rings as they spent Christmas 7,000 miles apart.
Brand was pictured in Cornwall on Christmas Day where he was understood to have spent the weekend with comedian David Baddiel, while his wife was seen frolicking in the surf in Hawaii with a male friend.
It”s all over: The legal document filed in Los Angeles refers to the singer by her given name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
In his statement confirming the marriage was over, he said: ‘Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage.
‘I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.’
Yesterday, an American website claimed it was former stand-up comedian Brand who filed the divorce papers because Miss Perry, who was brought up by her deeply religious parents, did not want to be the one ending the marriage.
The site claimed the couple agreed to end their marriage weeks ago but wanted to wait until they were both out of the country before the papers were filed on Friday.
It was claimed Brand filed the divorce papers as Miss Perry, who was brought up by her religious parents, pictured, did not want to be the one ending the marriage
In the seven-page document, Miss Perry is listed by her birth name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. Brand, who bought a 4 million house in the Hollywood Hills with his wife, has ticked the box for ‘property rights to be determined’.
The couple, whose lavish wedding in October 2010 saw them riding on elephants, are not believed to have signed a pre-nuptial agreement.
Under Californian law, Brand could be entitled to up to half of the money his wife earned during their marriage – despite claims they lived together for only six weeks of that time.
Miss Perry, who found global fame with her 2008 single I Kissed A Girl, is believed to be worth 28 million while her California Dreams world tour is believed to have earned her an additional 12 million.