Back in the dark ages (read: 2009), and long before she was floating atop a paddle-board with nude Orlando Bloom (opens in new tab), Katy Perry fell in love with Russell Brand. The pair's whirlwind romance resulted in a 14-month marriage that ended in divorce. And no, they're not exactly on great terms.
That said, while Brand has previously called Perry (opens in new tab) "vapid" and "mindless," he was slightly kinder during a recent interview (opens in new tab)—blaming fame for their split instead of her.
"I have come away from that experience and I still feel very warm towards her," Brand explained. "When I hear about her or see her, I think 'Ah, there's that person, that person in the world.'"
"Katy was obviously very, very occupied and busy. I was occupied and busy but not to the same degree," he continued. "The marriage didn't last for a very long time and I think that is due to the undulating nature of fame, living in those conditions."
Maybe, but Perry told a slightly different story in 2012, telling Vogue (opens in new tab), "He didn't like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting. I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can't necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day."
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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