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Katy Perry, Russell Brand make nice with divorce settlement

Russell Brand and Katy Perry

"Russell Brand to Katy Perry: I don't need your stinking millions!!!" That's the headline that really wasn't, as Brand and Perry have reached a property agreement in their divorce so amicable that Katy signed the papers with a heart and a smiley face on the dotted line.

He really didn't want the money he would have been entitled to under California's community property laws -- which would have included half of the $44 million she reportedly earned while they were Mr. and Mrs., according to TMZ. (Brand would have had to split his multimillion-dollar haul as well, of course, but she was the big breadwinner during the marriage.)

"This divorce is as amicable as it gets, and Russell was a mensch," a source told the website.

The couple, who split up late last year, "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," said to court papers filed Tuesday in Los Angeles.

In the document obtained by TMZ, Katy's response to Russell's Dec. 30 divorce filing, the idea of spousal support is nixed, the property resolution is declared and Ms. Perry indicates a desire to go back to her maiden name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. Now it's just a matter of time until the divorce is made final.

So really, the headline should be something more like, "Russell Brand and Katy Perry: We don't need your stinking divorce court!!!"



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Katy Perry won't appear at People's Choice Awards

Katy Perry

Katy Perry seemed to be everywhere in 2011, but aside from the occasional tweet, she's lying low so far in 2012 -- yes, a big divorce announcement will put a damper on your public interactions. The singer was to have made her first big post-split appearance at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday, but she's now backed out of that plan.

"Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the People's Choice Awards. I want to thank u all for voting for me, fingers crossed! #KATYCATS," Perry wrote Monday on Twitter. She didn't elaborate on her reasons for canceling, but a desire to avoid media questions about her divorce seems plausible.

Perry was expected to appear to pick up at least a few of the seven awards for which she is nominated, including favorite female artist, favorite pop artist and song of the year. (The general rule of thumb is that if you're showing up at People's Choice, you're not going home empty-handed.)

Chances are much better that Perry will be in attendance in mid-February at the Grammy Awards, where she's nominated for record of the year and pop solo performance.

Over the weekend, Perry returned to Twitter to address her divorce for the first time, admonishing fans, "Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me. Not a blog, magazine, 'close sources' or my family."

Perry's husband, comedian Russell Brand, filed for divorce Dec. 30.


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Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are keeping busy, just trying to stay apart. Oh, and it seems her parents couldn't be happier.

But first a heads-up: Perry said Saturday on Twitter that "[c]oncerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me. Not a blog, magazine, 'close sources' or my family," so you might want to stop reading right now -- or keep going, to find out what all Katy might be referring to.

So! For those who've chosen to continue, it looks as if Brand has moved out of the couple's $6.5-million Hollywood Hills home, and that Perry will get to keep the house. But, will Katy have to cut her ex-hubby a check for the mansion? It is likely, if she plans to stay long term, TMZ reported.

It looks as if Brand will lose some of the spotlight too, with Perry strutting the red carpet for the upcoming award shows including the People's Choice Awards and the Grammys. This week rumors were swirling that Brand was actually uninvited to the People's Choice ceremony, but E! Online said he in fact declined the invitation.

And to top it off, Perry's parents took the already-public divorce to a whole new level, using their daughter's name to help spread the good word, Britain's Sun reported.

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Russell Brand-Katy Perry: A celebrity breakup to make us go 'aww'

Celebrity breakups: Katy Perry and Russell Brand are kaput

Among this year's celebrity breakups, the Katy Perry-Russell Brand split could be the most "aww"-inducing, with the kooky couple seeking a divorce after a romantic whirlwind courtship and only 14 months of marriage. But how did Russell wind up being the "bad guy" who actually filed the court papers?

Could be that he did it for her sake.

Perry's parents are evangelical Christians, according to TMZ, which heard from sources connected to the two that Katy was raised to believe divorce is wrong, and didn't want to upset her folks. So after trying to work things out and agreeing "it just wasn't there," Brand allegedly took one for the team.

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

It doesn't appear as if religion was the reason for the split, though we can't imagine bits like his "I Am Jesus" music video , featuring lyrics such as "I wear a funny crown / I live in honey town / Somebody cut me down," going over great with evangelical in-laws. (That's one of five music videos Brand did in character as Aldous Snow for "Get Him to the Greek.") And there's always the reality that in-laws and family traditions are among married couples' top fights.

"I come from a very non-accepting family, but I'm very accepting," Perry told Vanity Fair regarding her religious beliefs as an adult, after a strict upbringing by evangelical ministers. “Russell is into Hinduism, and I'm not [really] involved in it."

Though Russell has had his way with religion and believers in his stand-up material and film work (here's a sample; watch out for the profanity at the end), he expanded a bit on his religious beliefs and defended the existence of God, writing for the New Statesman in April of this year:

"Through Transcendental Meditation, twice daily I feel the bliss of the divine. Through the mental repetition of a mantra, eventually my chattering monkey mind recedes, gently banishing concerns of the past and drawing the inner eye away from speculation and want. I connect to a boundless consciousness that has no pal­pable relationship with my thoughts, fears or desires."

Perry and Brand were married in a traditional Hindu ceremony Oct. 23, 2010, at a resort in Ranthambhore National Park in northwestern India. At the beginning of this month, Brand told Ellen DeGeneres that he was "really happily married" and that the Internet was "a wicked little liar."

How will Katy be as a single lady once again? Check out the video below, from a few years back, and tell us what you think.


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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.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand: A bleeping blue Christmas?

Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Divorce rumors got a kick with evidence they spent their holiday apart.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand were exchanging four-letter words rather than hugs and snuggles at the holiday -- maybe. Unidentified troublemakers are insinuating that a huge, nasty argument occurred.

What seems sure is that Perry was in Hawaii and Brand was in England on Christmas Day. Multiple media outlets were reporting the separate holiday vacations Wednesday, although People had reported Monday that an "onlooker"  saw Perry and Brand getting off a private plane in Kauai.

By beach time on Christmas, however, the two were thousands of miles apart. And neither was in hiding. Perry was swimming and showing a great deal of cleavage, as she is wont to do. She also reportedly wasn't wearing her wedding ring. Brand was on a beach in England, where he posed next to a different, not-unimpressive bosom, as shown in the Daily Mail.

Why, why, why?

No clue, so far.  Us Weekly cited a couple of unnamed sources in its scoop -- first there were plans to take Perry's relatives to Brand's London hometown for the holiday. Then, supposedly, came the "massive" fight, with scuttlebutt about Russell and his feelings about Perry's parents and their beliefs. 

The pair married just over a year ago, and arguing over in-laws ranks right up there with money and having kids as common fodder for newlywed fights.

Katy and Russell, here is some sage advice from About.com: "You might have different traditions or different ways of doing things. You might see your parents too little or too often. It takes a while to figure out what kind of relationship you should all have."

That's good advice for all of us, yes?

Still, the rumors could have one good outcome: They might prompt Brand to appear again on "Ellen," as he did earlier this month. The British comedian was hilarious on the talk show as he riffed on topics including divorce speculation, which popped up not long after the couple's one-year anniversary. (They wed Oct. 23, 2010). Heck, there was even a rumor in February that they were seeking couples counseling -- a notion whose plausibility Gossip Cop gave its "zero" rating.

"There are always rumors, aren't there," Brand told DeGeneres.

The host asked whether he wanted to have a family. "I really would like one," he said. "I love those little babies at the beginning. They're so lovely at that bit."

It was just in November that Perry visited DeGeneres and talked happily about "poppin' out" babies with Brand and even having more than one, "If it doesn't hurt the first time."


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Photo: Katy Perry and Russell Brand at a charity event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Dec. 3. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Katy Perry plans to deliver a free concert and, one day, babies

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Katy Perry wants babies. Little Katy and Russell babies. Unless the first one hurts too much, in which case there will be just the one little Katy or Russell.

"If it doesn't hurt the first time," a bouncy Perry told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday, "I'll keep poppin' em out!"

DeGeneres broke sad news to Mrs. Russell Brand: "Word around town is, it hurts."

"I'm not sure it's yet" time to start poppin', the pop star said, adding that having a family was a big point of getting married and that she thought Russell would be a good partner in that undertaking.

To mark the occasion, Ellen gave the couple a semi-traditional firs -anniversary gift: a cupcake-covered clock in the rainbow hues Perry is known for. It was also a cuckoo clock — with Brand's mug where the cuckoo should be.

"Oh, it's Russell!" Perry chirped when she saw the custom addition. "That is a beautiful gift, and he's perfect to be the cuckoo."

Gee, ya think?

Perry had a gift of her own to deliver Friday, via Twitter, for fans who can make it to L.A. later this month: A free concert Nov. 23 at Staples Center, tagged on the end of her California Dreams World Tour.

There's a code involved to get up to four tickets to the "Katy Perry Gives Back" show; info is available on her Facebook page.



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Photo: Katy Perry, center, performs in concert during the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires in September. Photo credit: Victor R. Caivano, Associated Press.



VMA parties: Britney Spears, Jason Trawick chill; Adele goes gay

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
After a dizzying 2011 MTV Video Music Awards telecast, music stars and celebs kept their after-partying low key in Los Angeles.

Pop video winner Britney Spears stepped out with boyfriend Jason Trawick, hitting up Esquire magazine and House of Hype's after party at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Camped out at a table, Spears stuck close to her man and two female pals.

Only a few seats away and both in good spirits, Katy Perry and Russell Brand celebrated her score in the video of the year category. "Glee" guy Mark Salling held court between the superstars, welcoming Chord Overstreet and Emma Roberts to his table, in addition to Sam Trammel and Evan Ross of "True Blood."

Other revelers included Malin Akerman, Elise Neal, Flo Rida, Rose McGowan, Kelly Rowland, "The Nail Files" star Katie Cazorla and Sasha Grey, who got a shout-out on HBO as well Sunday as one of "Entourage" character Vincent Chase's ex-girlfriends.

Up the hill from the SLS, crossover sensation Adele bucked tradition and avoided the party circuit. The "Rolling in the Deep" singer went with friends to mainstay gay bar the Abbey -- one of Elizabeth Taylor's fave joints -- sipping Oxley gin and tonics and dancing into the night.

In Hollywood, some hip-hop heavyweights celebrated G.O.O.D. Music's new artist Big Sean. A private dinner and cocktail party was held at the Redbury hotel's library and outdoor patio, drawing Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Estelle for chow and Grey Goose drinks.


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Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris work blue at 'The Smurfs' premiere

Katy Perry at "The Smurfs" premiere

Tim Gunn and George Lopez at "The Smurfs" premiere Big Hollywood names found it quite easy being blue on Sunday for the New York City premiere of "The Smurfs."

 Katy Perry flirted in a custom mini invoking Smurfette, the character she voices in the CGI/live-action hybrid flick that opens Friday. The dress came via the Blonds, prolific costumers for the likes of Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga. 

Snuggling up with a life-sized Smurfette on the indigo carpet, Perry was joined by her film costars Neil Patrick Harris with fiance David Burtka, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez, Hank Azaria,  Jayma Mays of "Glee," and "Project Runway" guru Tim Gunn (yes, he's a costar).

George Lopez, Brooke Shields, Oliver Platt, Joey Fatone, Melissa Joan Hart and singer Kimberly Locke caught the Ziegfeld Theatre screening as well.

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Top photo: Katy Perry hangs with her alter ego, Smurfette, at the world premiere of "The Smurfs" in New York City on Sunday. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Left photo: Tim Gunn, left, and George Lopez. Credit: Jason Szenes / European Pressphoto Agency

Eminem adds Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to his diss list with 'A Kiss'

Eminem disses Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber with 'A Kiss'

Eminem is back to dissing his peers, with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber landing as his newest targets in the single "A Kiss."

The rapper and Royce da 5'9" constitute the duo Bad Meets Evil, which has an EP coming out next week. The brisk staccato in the song resurfaces rumors that Mother Monster is a hermaphrodite and equates the Biebs to a Satanic behemoth.

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber dissed by Eminem "Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / She's still a male lady," he raps, adding a more concise (and explicit) description regarding her rumored male parts. But he's about a year too late, it's been a while since people have accused the fashion icon of being a dude.

As for the ever-present Bieber, apparently Eminem thinks the Canadian pop star and Billboard Music Award recipient who tied with him for six awards this year has been forsaken by God.

"Him don't give a damn about Bieber, do Him? / What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him," he raps.

This coming from a man whose collaborative album is titled "Hell: The Sequel." If you're prepared for brusque lyrics and an onslaught of cussing, listen to "A Kiss" here.

It's no secret that the "8 Mile" star has built his Grammy-lined career with shock value and explicit libretto. Perhaps he's just saying if it ain't broke don't fix it? Other celebrities initiated into the "Dissed By Eminem Club" include Moby, Christopher Reeve, the Insane Clown Posse, 'N SYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Ja Rule and Michael Jackson.

But "A Kiss" isn't all disses, at least not for Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, whom the duo seem to have an affinity for.

"Aw hell Shady, he'll tell it like it is / So Katy Perry he's on her tail / He's tailgating," Eminem raps about the "Teenage Dream" singer.

As for Nicki, well, her last name sounds like ménage, doesn't it?

Are Gaga and the Biebs are worthy of Eminen's disses, or is Mr. Mathers just being a bully? Tell us in comments.


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Left photos: Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Credits: Rick Diamond / Getty Images, left; Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images, right.

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