RUSSELL BRAND AND Katy Perry are set to divorce just over a year after their wedding, the comedian has said.
“Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends,” said Brand, 36, offering no other details.
He and the 27-year-old pop singer were married in October 2010 at a resort inside a tiger reserve in India.
Brand’s recent film credits include Arthur, Hop and Get Him to the Greek. He is among the ensemble starring alongside Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, set for release next year.
Perry’s run of No 1 singles earned her the distinction of becoming MTV’s first artist of the year earlier this month. She hosted US skit show Saturday Night Live on December 10 and gave no indication the couple was in trouble.
The couple got engaged in January 2010 after meeting at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where he hosted and she performed.
Brand was effusive about his bride while promoting projects earlier this year, saying marrying Perry has “given me much more strength in what I do.”
“For a long while, what I do professionally was all that mattered to me really,” he said in March. “Now I think, well, whatever I do, I’ll just go back to her, and that’s incredibly comforting.”
But he cited irreconcilable differences in papers filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
A representative for Perry did not immediately return a call seeking comment.