Katy Perry and Russell Brand: In the Wake of Divorce
Jul 19, 2012 | 9:59am EDT
It's now been four days since Katy Perry and Russell Brand's marriage has been officially laid to rest. Are the two mourning their relationship, or have they moved on? We check in on how Brand and Perry are faring in the wake of their divorce.
Russell Brand Reacts
Brand has greeted his divorce head-on with a bevy of media appearances and interviews. With a movie (Rock of Ages) currently in theaters and his new comedy show, Brand X, airing on FX, it makes sense that Brand is making the promotional press circuit. However, he has been surprisingly open about his marriage in the days following his divorce's finalization. And, despite one jab at Perry while filming Brand X, Brand's strategy so far has been to take the high road.
About that jab. UK newspaper The Sun reports that Brand entered into a lighthearted verbal sparring match with a woman in the audience who shared his wife's name. “Anyway, enough of you," Brand is reported as saying, "I’ve had enough arse-ache from people called Katy in the last year.”
Since then, Brand has been keeping to civil remarks while on the record. In an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight on Tuesday, Brand stuck with the outpouring of "love and positivity" for Perry he offered up on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show back in May. "Of course I still feel great feelings of compassion and warmth for Katy," Brand told Morgan.
And then, this morning in an interview with Howard Stern on Sirius/XM radio, Brand spoke the most candidly (and politely) about his ex-wife to date. "For the record, when we got married it was, 'I've just got to. I've got to marry her, I love her so much.' And then we got married and I thought, 'Okay, this isn't really working out.'" When Stern pried for more dirt, Brand simply said, "I don't want anything to hurt her. She's younger than me, she's a young woman and she's beautiful and she's sensitive and I care about her deeply... I don't want to be too glib... She'll read it and she'll be sad and I don't want that."
Brand did confirm for Stern, however, that the rumors linking him romantically to Isabella Brewster, the younger sister of Dallas star Jordana Brewster, are true. "Some things in the newspaper aren't true. Other things, like the crossword, are true," he said coyly before following up with, "That is true, actually." But, while Brand admits to dating Brewster, she's not the only lady friend he's been entertaining. "For the moment I'm just kind of enjoying the freedom of [being single]," Brand told Stern.
Katy Perry Reacts
While Brand has been opening up to the press, Perry has found solace in the company of her friends. First she let loose at friend and stylist Johnny Wujek's '90s roller-skate birthday party over the weekend (where she donned a fantastically nostalgic ensemble), and then on Monday she hit up a karaoke bar, where she was caught on video gushing, "I love my best friend!"
Perry may be keeping tight-lipped to the press this week, but she did comment on her divorce — albeit in a vague way — to MTV News in an interview for Katy Perry: Part of Me. "It's not about the problem it's how you solve it. If I can be an example, showing people that they don't have to lay down and die if they've been thrown a curve ball, then that's great. If I can help someone out because they feel like the only loner in the world or the only person going through the situation and then they see me and are inspired to keep moving forward, then I've done my job."
Perry also commented on her failed relationship with Brand in her "Wide Awake" music video. In the video, Perry navigates a dark labyrinth with a brunette little girl — it's not a stretch to say that she's a younger version of Perry — until she arrives in an enchanted garden where her Prince Charming awaits. But instead of falling into his arms, Perry punches him in the face. There might as well be a name tag on the prince that reads "Russell." Watch the video below.
On the dating front, Perry has been linked to Florence + The Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd. But, in an interview with USA Today, Perry denies her relationship with Ackroyd, stating that dating right now would be inappropriate. "That's not even appropriate to label," she said. "There are times I go out and meet people and flirt, but it's not really appropriate to have anything serious." It remains to be seen whether, now that her divorce is finalized, Perry will decide to go public with her love life once again.