Almost two years after Katy Perry and Russell Brand tied the knot in India, the ex-couple are now divorced. Brand filed for divorce from the pop star in December, and it was finalized on Monday (July 16).
According to E! News although Perry and Brand reached their divorce agreement back in February, by California law, they had to wait six months for the union to be officially dissolved. Brand’s filing, which cited irreconcilable differences, came just 14 months after their lavish ceremony in front of family and friends. The exes famously hooked up after flirting at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
The two have addressed their split several times since first announcing their divorce. Brand spoke about it in a few interviews, including a sit-down with ITV1’s “Lorraine” show, where he said that the marriage “did work out in a way.” He added that “you just have to have acceptance of things. She is a person that I love, but now this is a new time.”
The comedian also opened up to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show about his famous ex. “I still love her as a human being,” he said. “But sometimes when you’re in a relationship, I suppose it doesn’t work out, does it? But that doesn’t mean I regret it or anything. I was very happy to be married with her. She’s such a beautiful human being and I just have only love and positivity for her.
“You can’t absolutely make everything the way you want it to be in life,” he continued. “Sometimes things are just different and then you have to just move with that and try and remain in contact with what is beautiful about yourself and with each other with any situation.”
Meanwhile, Perry addressed the split in her 3-D film, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” which hit theaters earlier this month. She explained to MTV News why she made sure her divorce made the film’s final cut.
“It’s not about the problem; it’s about how you solve it,” Perry said. “And if I can be an example showing people that they don’t have to lay down and die because they’ve been thrown a curveball, then that’s great. If I can help someone else out because they feel like the only loner in the world or the only person that is going through the situation and they see me and they’re inspired to keep moving forward, then I’ve done my job.”