The rowdy British comedian confirmed the news that he is divorcing Katy Perry today.
“Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” Brand confirmed to the Associated Press. “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
Neither Perry nor Brand have addressed the split on their Twitter accounts, but both were spotted sans wedding rings after spending Christmas thousands of miles apart: Katy in Hawaii with friends and Russell at home in London.
The couple wed 14 months ago in a fairytale celebration in India, the same locale where Brand proposed to Perry just four months into their relationship. They began their relationship immediately after the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where Brand flirted with Perry on camera.
While the divorce papers will cite the usual “irreconcilable differences,” insiders says that Brand’s constant mockery of Perry’s extremely religious family put a strain on their young marriage, as did their incredibly busy careers that kept them apart more often than they were together.
The move comes just weeks after Brand insisted to Ellen Degeneres that all was well in his marriage, saying, “I’m really happily married… I’m married to Katy. Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge. I’m still alive.”
SheKnows is awaiting comment from Katy Perry’s camp.