Russell Brand, Katy Perry are divorcing

It's over for Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Getty Images file

Rumors have been swirling for some time, but now it's official. Comedian and actor Russell Brand has filed for divorce from singer Katy Perry. He cites "irreconcilable differences" in the petition, filed in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old British comedian told AP on Friday, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."

The couple wed Oct. 23, 2010, in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the tiger sanctuary in India where Brand had proposed.

Brand starred as alcoholic playboy "Arthur" in the 2011 remake of the Dudley Moore classic, which hit theaters last spring, and provided the voice of the Easter Bunny's heir apparent in the animated film "Hop." Perry, 27, recently provided the voice of Smurfette in the big-screen movie "The Smurfs" and hosted "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 10. On Dec. 15, she was chosen as MTV's first-ever Artist of the Year.

Gossip sites had been buzzing that the couple was about to split, pointing to photos of the two of them in separate locations over Christmas, and noting when one or the other was seen publicly without a wedding ring.

As recently as Dec. 2, Brand told talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres that the marriage was solid. "I really am happily married," he said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He went on to add, "Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge. I'm still alive."

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