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Russell Brand and Katy Perry split

Russell Brand and Katy Perry split

Russell Brand and Katy Perry have split up after 14 months of marriage.

In a statement, the 36-year-old comedian said: "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."

The couple met at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009 and married in a lavish ceremony in India in October last year. But rumours of cracks in their relationship circulated right from the start as their respective careers meant they were rarely even in the same country.

Talk of a break-up increased as the pair spent Christmas apart.

Brand was pictured in Cornwall while pop singer Perry was seen spending it with friends in Hawaii.

This year Brand played the animated heir to the Easter Bunny's throne in the family film Hop and took on the title role in Arthur, a reworking of the 1981 Dudley Moore classic.

Perry rose to fame with the release of her second single I Kissed A Girl in 2008. Her run of US number one singles earned her the distinction of becoming MTV's first artist of the year earlier this month.

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