It seems that actor Russell Brand will be "The One That Got Away" from pop music princess Katy Perry after his lawyers filed a petition for divorce in Los Angeles on Friday.
"Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage," Brand said in a official statement. "I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
The news comes after weeks of tabloid and online speculation that the couple were estranged, particularly after the two opted to spend the Christmas holiday apart...on separate continents. Hollywood gossip site TMZ claims that Perry did not want to be the one to file for divorce, as it goes against her religious beliefs. Perry's father Keith Hudson is a pastor with his church. Both of Perry's parents publicly gave their approval of Brand after his whirlwind courtship and marriage to their daughter in 2010. Brand has admitted to battling his own demons with drug and alcohol dependencies in his past as well as being a recovering sex addict.
Brand, 36, is currently in his native England while Perry remains in Hawaii, where she has been vacationing. The separation comes only a few weeks after Brand made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, where he proclaimed his eternal love and devotion to the "I Kissed a Girl" chanteuse. "I'm really happily married ... I’m married to Katy. Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge," he told the talk show queen. "I’m still alive."