Pop singer Katy Perry, comedian/actor Russell Brand finalize divorce

Pop singer Katy Perry, comedian/actor Russell Brand finalize divorce

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Feb 09, 2012 at 8:28 AM PST
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The marriage of Katy Perry and Russell Brand is officially over. The British actor and his wife were granted a divorce by a judge on Wednesday, marking an end to their 14-month old relationship.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand were officially separated Wednesday after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marc Marmaro signed the couple's divorce papers. However, the pair will have to wait until July 14 to be legally single because under the California law, couples have to wait at least six months after filing before their divorce can be finalized.

The celebrity couple tied the knot in October 2010 in a grand wedding at a resort in India after a whirlwind three months of courtship. The wedding came at an auspicious time for the pair, as they were both at the zenith of their careers. British comedian Russell Brand was introduced to Hollywood after hosting the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and has since starred in films “Arthur”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek”.

Singing sensation Katy Perry also released a series of hits like “I Kissed a Girl”, and “California Gurls” last year and was nominated for two Grammy Awards for her song “Firework”.

Unfortunately, they were married for just one year. They announced their split on December 30, 2011, citing “irreconcilable differences.” In his first statement about the divorce, Russell Brand said, “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends.”

In the divorce documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, the pair say they "have entered into a comprehensive written settlement of all issues, including, without limitation, with respect to the property to be confirmed or assigned to each party."

According to sources, the divorce settlement was very friendly. "This divorce is as amicable as it gets, and Russell was a mensch," an insider spilled to a tabloid.

Despite their varying wealth, Perry and her ex-hubby did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement before getting married. However, Russell Brand, 36, did not claim his right to a portion of her approximately £45 million worth of fortune, which he is entitled to under Californian community property law, walking away with the £13 million he had when he joined the relationship.

In the judgement, Katy Perry, 27, has been allowed to restore her maiden name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. The pop singer signed the papers with a heart and a smiley face on the dotted line.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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