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Russell Brand files for divorce from Katy Perry

Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting a divorce

Katy Perry and Russell Brand's missing wedding rings did mean something: Brand on Friday filed for divorce from Perry.

"Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage," Brand said in a statement. "I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."

Brand filed in L.A., TMZ reported, posting documents that reveal the traditional California divorce dilemma, "irreconcilable differences."

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Those differences were evidenced just before Christmas in an allegedly "massive" fight that, according to Us Weekly, might have been about Russell and his feelings about Perry's parents and their beliefs. The two spent the holidays apart, Russell in London and Katy in Kauai.

The two married in October 2010 with an elaborate ceremony in India, fending off a swarm of media attention ahead of the event. Reports at the time indicated they have no prenup. In recent TV interviews, both parties had downplayed talk of problems.

So much for poppin' out those babies. Sigh.

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Photo: Katy Perry and Russell Brand on Dec. 3 in L.A. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.


Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off engagement, split up

Chaz-bono-engagement

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off their engagement -- in fact, after six years together, they've called off their whole relationship.

"Thanks for your concern about our separation," the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and transgender activist wrote Monday on Twitter. "I'm doing fine, and we remain on good terms with nothing but respect and affection 4 each other."

The couple had been engaged for two years, but a spotlight was trained on them recently before the Nov. 28 air date of the documentary "Being Chaz," which included a scene in which Bono, 42, had finally presented Elia with a diamond ring.

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"Being Chaz" was a follow-up to "Becoming Chaz," the Emmy-nominated documentary that followed the transgender process of the former Chastity Bono. Bono and Elia -- who has said she's bisexual -- had previously put off getting married until Bono's transgender process was completed.

The only child of Sonny Bono and Cher, who was declared a man in May 2010, lasted six weeks on the most recent "DWTS" cycle.

Though Elia stayed with Bono through "DWTS" and through the "Being Chaz" air date, we can't help but think of Paris Hilton, who confirmed that her relationship with Cy Waits had been kaput for a while, with that detail being kept (strategically?) mum until right after a drama-queen episode of "The World According to Paris" in which she'd slapped her beloved in the face.

Waits was "not used to this lifestyle, the media and being on a show," an E! News source said in explaining the reportedly mutual and amicable split. Elia had to handle those pressures as well, with the added challenge of helping her girlfriend become her boyfriend along the way.

That said, in Waits' defense, Elia wasn't called upon to hold any knife-wielding "fans" at gunpoint until the cops showed up.

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Photo: Jennifer Elia and Chaz Bono in September. Credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images

 


Celebrity breakups of 2011: How many can you name?

Arnold and Maria, Kat and Jesse, Kris and Kim, Demi and Ashton

Lots of celebrity couples broke up in 2011 ... how many can you remember? We shouldn't kick up our heels at evidence that the famous and well-funded are as human and fallible as ordinary folk. But it's pretty hard not to.

"Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world."

Yes, Ashton, yes it is.

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Kutcher -- who allegedly spent his and Demi's sixth anniversary fooling around with a San Diego party receptionist -- was among those thinking deep, end-of-relationship thoughts as 2011 drew toward a close. 

ScarJo had a tough 2011 on the personal front.  She had a tough 2010 too, splitting up with Ryan "Sexiest Man Alive" Reynolds. She followed that this year with a split from Sean "I'm 24 Years Older Than You" Penn. Topping it all off, photos of her bare backside and upper body, hacked from her phone, were trotted out all over the Internet. Those pictures weren't for 24 Years Older Than You, by the way; they were for then-husband Sexiest Man Alive.

Meanwhile, Kat Von D, whose upper body has been seen bare without the hassle of hacking, found herself planning a summer wedding, then later counting the number of alleged hook-ups by fiance Jesse James while they were together.

"Today I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year ..." the tattoo artist wrote in mid-November on Facebook.

Which is worse: someone cheating on you behind your back, or someone who doesn't back your behind? Kris Humphries allegedly said Kim Kardashian had a fat behind.

And you know where that couple landed -- the same place as all the other couples in our gallery: Splitsville.

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Photos, clockwise from top right: Kat and Jesse; Kris and Kim; Demi and Ashton; and Arnold and Maria. Credits: Getty Images, top, center and bottom right; Reuters, left.


Kris Humphries: Annul it, void it, just make it all go away

Kris Humphries wants an annulment

Kris Humphries is having a legal field day this week, parrying soon-to-be-ex-wife Kim Kardashian's divorce petition with a request for legal separation and an annulment instead -- and as of Friday he reportedly wants their prenup disappeared as well.

Humphries asked for an annulment of the marriage in a response filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court. Kardashian filed for divorce on Oct. 31 after 72 days of wedded bliss or something. TMZ said Friday that the pro basketball player wants the annulment for religious reasons.

The annulment is being sought on the grounds of fraud, according to court documents. That sounds pretty nasty, but it's also a box that can be checked if it can't be alleged that one or the other party involved was already married, was too young to get married or was physically incapable of getting married at the time of, you know, getting married.

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Of course, there are also the boxes alleging that someone wasn't of sound mind at the time of the wedding, or that someone was forced to say "I do." But there we are again, getting back into nasty territory. Plus the last two don't count if the parties lived together freely after getting hitched -- and of course, Kris and Kim's cohabitation was captured on camera for the sake of reality TV.

Oops.

Humphries wants the prenup voided not because of any his-and-hers property issues but rather, according to Radar Online, to nix what a source calls an "extensive" confidentiality clause.

"Kris wants to be able to talk about the situation without being sued," said a Radar source supposedly close to the situation. Apparently, the thinking is that if the marriage were annulled, it would be as if it never existed, so a prenup would become moot. Well, never existed except for the two-part TV special.

Kim, meanwhile, doesn't appear too worried about a judge buying that the marriage was contrived for the cameras. She's reportedly told friends that as a "marketing genius" along with mom Kris Jenner, there's no way she'd set herself up for the Kardashian brand bashing that has resulted from filing for divorce.

Also, the couple still have not yet determined an important element of their split: Who gets Bruce Willis? Oh wait -- that's a different divorce.

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Photo: Kris Humphries in New York City in November. Credit: Donald Bowers / Getty Images


Heather Locklear, Jack Wagner too darned busy to stay engaged

Jack Wagner and Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner reportedly called off their engagement last week because wedding planning was too time-consuming -- and because it was all too disruptive to their kids.

Locklear and Wagner, the "Melrose Place" lovers who brought the romance to real life in 2007 and got engaged in August, were spending so much time planning their big day that they had no time left for family, Jack told TMZ. The family-time commitment was complicated by the fact that they didn't want to do the blended thing, he told the site, because it would be disruptive to their too-young kids.

Wagner has two sons, 16-year-old Peter and 21-year-old Harrison, from his marriage to Kristina Malandro, which ended in 2006. Locklear has 14-year-old daughter Ava Sambora from her marriage to Richie Sambora, which ended in 2007.

(Hey, the "young" thing was his word, not ours.)

The two broke the news to their families on Tuesday, her publicist said, but no explanation was given at that time. Wagner said Monday that they "still love each other very much," however.

Guess nobody thought to get married like Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell did, at the U.K. equivalent of city hall? Though, OK, they did have a pretty cool reception, and that takes time to throw together.

No matter. If it ain't right, it ain't right. Just ask Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian.

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Photo: Jack Wagner and Heather Locklear on "Melrose Place" in 1999. Credit: Rob Brown / Fox Broadcasting

 


Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher: Divorce means even more rumors

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher in 2010

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are a couple no more, two months after Ashton's sixth-anniversary gift to Demi of a scandal around his alleged infidelity with a San Diego party receptionist while she was off working in New York City. Her belated gift to him was, of course, her decision Thursday to get a divorce.

After his-and-hers statements Thursday, speculation -- some of it humorous -- has filled the information vacuum. Prepare yourself for some gossipy gossip, which we hope you'll keep in the proper perspective.

Who gets Bruce Willis? What will @mrskutcher's new Twitter handle be? Will this drama, like the life of Charlie Sheen, be incorporated into Ashton's "Two and a Half Men" character's story line? (Whoops, too late on that last one, as Kutcher's Walden Schmidt has already been suffering the pain of a divorce from a wife who told him he was emotionally immature.)

Then there's the open-marriage buzz. "Everyone in Hollywood knows about their arrangement," an unnamed "insider" told the Star tabloid, "but they've managed to keep it a secret from the general public."

Chelsea Handler, who said she doesn't know them "personally very well," opined to a shocked, simply shocked Piers Morgan on his CNN show that "I think they probably had a lot of good times with some other women... Clearly they had a lot of threesomes, that led to twosomes without Demi and that leads to a divorce." After watching tape of the couple on a previous "Piers Morgan Tonight," she added, "I absolutely feel for her." 

One such twosome was allegedly with Sara Leal, who went public with her claim that they'd had unprotected sex twice, that Ashton was not "weird or perverted," and that they'd talked about astrological signs and politics afterward.

Leal said he'd told her he was "separated," and she believed him.

And still bubbling in the background -- as opposed to bubbling in the hot tub allegedly shared pre-coitally by Kutcher, Leal and another young lady, all of them naked --  is a slightly lower-profile scandal from 2010, involving a woman named Brittney Jones who claimed she and Ashton had done the nasty while Demi was out of town.

"Ashton told me that both he and Demi had an 'open relationship' and that he was not in fact cheating,"  Jones told TMZ on Friday, adding that even though divorce is a bummer, she felt somewhat vindicated.

Jones' veracity became suspect when she released a sex tape late last year, using Kutcher's name to market it (though not claiming he was in it). He threatened to sue her, and then Ashton and Demi launched a charm offensive on Twitter and elsewhere, declaring their marriage to be rock solid.

After the Leal revelation, the couple pretty much kept their mouths shut, up until Thursday. Except for his pro-Joe Paterno tweet. Oops.

Now, with all that muck having been raked, it seems divorce might actually bring a bit of good news for Demi, who some have worried looks scary thin these days. Turns out women and men alike tend to gain weight "in a period of marital change," according to our friends at Booster Shots.

So bring on the comfort food, soon-to-be-ex-Mrs. Kutcher. It's what happens next.

 

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Photo: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in May 2010. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images


Demi Moore to file for divorce; Ashton Kutcher responds on Twitter

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

Demi Moore has filed for divorce from Ashton Kutcher, the 49-year-old actress said Thursday in a statement.

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," Moore said. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."

Kutcher responded via Twitter, saying, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK."

The news marks the end of weeks of speculation as to the couple's status after rumors spread in September after a San Diego woman's detailed account of an alleged sexual tryst with the 33-year-old Kutcher led to widespread reports that Kutcher and Moore were splitting.

The couple had not spoken directly about the alleged affair, said to have happened the weekend of their sixth wedding anniversary, while Moore was in New York for work. Kutcher did send a Twitter message linking to the Public Enemy song "Don't Believe the Hype."

As recently as last month, Moore was spotted visiting Kutcher in his "Two and a Half Men" trailer, and the two went on a Kabbalah camping trip together. The two have attended several recent events solo, but both had been spotted wearing their wedding bands.

This could be the first divorce where the fate of a Twitter handle — Demi goes by @mrskutcher — is part of the negotiations.

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Photo: Demi Moore watches Ashton Kutcher at the launch party for "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" in April. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.


Kat Von D says Jesse James cheated with 19 women in a year [Poll]

Kat Von D

Kat Von D is no longer giving ex-fiance Jesse James the benefit of the doubt, instead alleging that he cheated on her with at least 19 women while they were together.

Nothing like almost running out of fingers and toes keeping track of what a great guy someone isn't.

"Today I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year ... ," the "L.A. Ink" star wrote Sunday on Facebook.

"There was a time when I was confident and excited at proving the world wrong, because I believed so deeply in people's ability to change for the better. ... I did feel like it would be a positive thing for those who judged Jesse solely based on what they read in tabloids, to see that change is always possible."

The tattoo artist, 29, said she still believes that, by the way, but that she deserved "a big fat  'I told you so,' from everyone,' and wished she "didn't have to say, 'You all were more right than you'll ever know,' but you were."

Kat and Jesse went public as a couple in September 2010 after his marriage to Sandra Bullock unraveled in grand style over revelations of his infidelity. (It wasn't with her, Von D reminds folks, and indeed, the James-Bullock ninja divorce was final in June 2010.) Kat and Jesse got engaged in January, then broke up on and off until their final split in September. Her reality show "L.A. Ink" recently went off the air after four seasons.

Last May, James blamed an abusive childhood for his inability to keep it in his pants when he was with Bullock. "I was a terrorized kid," he said about the abuse he received from his father. "I was petrified of my dad.… It wasn't so much getting the ... beat out of me or getting my arm broken or getting kicked or whatever or punched, it was the in-between time. It was the fear of that happening again."

For those keeping track, James' other-woman tally hit three and maybe four when he was wasting Sandra Bullock's time. Talk about being afraid of bad things happening again.

In this situation, the Ministry doesn't have the heart to be unkind. And Kat says she still believes in love.

Your thoughts?

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Photo: Kat Von D at an event in L.A. on Sept. 30. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press


Zoe Saldana steps out single after Keith Britton breakup

Zoe Saldana and Keith Britton have split up

Zoe Saldana and entrepreneur Keith Britton have called off their longtime relationship.

Saldana and Britton "have amicably separated after 11 years," a representative of the "Avatar" actress said in a statement. The pair, engaged in June 2010, had a rare consistency for love in young Hollywood.

Though their romance is over, they're still together in one sense: "Saldana and Britton remain committed business partners as co-founders of fashion resource MyFDB.com," the rep added to People.

At the Hollywood Style Awards on Sunday night, Saldana made her first public appearance since the breakup was announced, presenting the hairstylist of the year award to pal and collaborator Mara Roszak.

In a modest pink number, Saldana seemed in good spirits while celebrating Roszak, who so often makes Zoe shine everywhere from "the Oscars to photo shoots and in between." 

Saldana on Thursday presented the award for record of the year to Calle 13 for "Latinoamerica" at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

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Photo: Zoe Saldana at the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.


Kim Kardashian safe and sound, keeps ‘Marriage Counselor’ job

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Kim Kardashian is safe and sound. It turns out the reports of kidnap and death threats on the set of Tyler Perry's “The Marriage Counselor” were all a bunch of rumors.

In reality, fans were upset with Perry for casting the reality TV star in his latest film, and had no problem expressing their anger and frustration on his website. 

One commenter, H.R. Hudson wrote, “I urge you to not cast Kim in your movie, 'The Marriage Counselor.' Kim Kardashian has no respect for the sacred institution of marriage. And treats it as if it's a joke.”

But the hubbub over the casting news never went anywhere and Kardashian’s reps confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that there was “no truth” to the gossip.

Fueling the drama was a report by MediaTakeOut.com suggesting that Kim had “extra heavy" security on set and a joke Holly Robinson Peete made on Access Hollywood Live.

“We can always count on Tyler Perry to give a ‘blacktress’ a job,” Peete said on the show. “So, all across the world ‘blacktresses’ are upset.”

Despite the criticism and rumors, Kim, who is set to play marriage counselor Judith’s best friend Ava, isn’t going anywhere. Perry confirmed to TMZ, "She is scheduled to work as planned."

Kim could certainly use the distraction. Just this week her ex-publicist told the New York Post that her whole wedding was staged, while her ex, Kris Humphries, decided to lawyer up.

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Photo: Kim Kardashian poses with a milkshake after a news conference for a milkshake bar in Dubai in October 2011. Credit: Jumana El Heloueh / Reuters


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