Russell Brand is Divorcing Katy Perry

Russell Brand and Katy Perry...in 'happier' times. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski)

They buried the announcement on the cusp of a holiday weekend: one of Hollywood’s biggest transatlantic couples is no more, as British comedian Russell Brand has filed for divorce from American pop star Katy Perry. “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” Brand said in a statement to People Magazine. “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.” The news comes just a little over a year after the pair wed in a lavish ceremony in India.

Katy’s career is flying high these days, as she continues to pump out No. 1 hits, but Brand has fallen on hard times. His big star vehicle, this past spring’s remake of Arthur, flopped massively. He looks to the upcoming film musical Rock of Ages to rekindle his erstwhile “It boy” status.

Well… there’s always Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin to keep our two nations ever-so-bonded.

The Russell/Katy split… did you see it coming?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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