Alas, despite recently denying breakup rumors, Russell Brand filed for divorce from wife Katy Perry today, after just over fourteen months of marriage. The thirty-six-year-old former sex and heroin addict said in a statement, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."
Brand was spotted in London today sans wedding ring for the second day in a row, clearly indicating trouble in paradise. The couple had spent Christmas 7,000 miles apart, with Perry in Hawaii (also not wearing her wedding ring), and Brand in England. Prior to that, a source was quoted as saying, "They had a massive fight. She was like, Fuck you. I'm going to do my own thing," while Brand supposedly replied, "Fine, fuck you too."
Brand's legal team filed court documents in L.A. today, citing the usual, vague "irreconcilable differences." The divorce papers show that there are "community property assets," which indicates that there may not have been a pre-nup.
Though fourteen months doesn't seem like a long time to be married, by Hollywood standards, it's not a bad ride. The recent marriages of Kim Kardashian and Sinead O'Connor, for example, didn't last quite as long as a good bowel movement, making Perry and Brand look like Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward by comparison. (Or at least Ashton and Demi.)
So, until further details are provided, let the speculation begin: was Brand's old wandering eye beginning to wander again? Was Katy Perry's Katy Perry-ness becoming too much? (Like bringing the Smurfette voice, along with the blue hair, to bed?) Was he jealous of all that showing off of cleavage? Had he been too honest about her performance on SNL?