July 18, 2012


Russell Brand Opens Up About Katy Perry Divorce, Stays (Mostly) Classy

Jon Furniss
Jon Furniss

The road many male celebrities take when they break up with a super famous woman is to spill a bunch of intimate details to the press. (Cough, John Mayer, cough.) So we're proud of Russell Brand, Katy Perry's recently official ex-husband, for not doing that. Well, at least for the most part.

Brand made the ubiquitous post-breakup stop at Howard Stern to promote his FX show, "Brand X," and managed to remain on the high road for the majority of the interview. "I just loved her so much," Brand gushed about tying the knot with the "Teenage Dream" singer. "[Getting married] just seemed like the sensible thing to do."

Regarding keeping tight-lipped about details of the divorce, Brand said, "She's younger than me, she's a young woman and she's beautiful and she's sensitive and I care about her deeply...She'll read [tabloids] and she'll be sad and I don't want that." Brand also stated that he's not interested in Perry's money—"I want to live a good life...I'm not into taking money from women"—nor does he badmouth Perry's recent single, "Wide Awake," widely speculated to be about their divorce and containing lines like "I am born again/Outta the lion's den/I don't have to pretend/And it's too late/The story's over now/The end." "It's a nice song," Brand said. 

The only thing Brand should have kept mum about is his extracurricular activities. When asked if he's been hanging out with new friends since he and Perry parted ways, Brand, an admitted sex addict, laid it out loud and clear: "If you've been on a diet of rice for a while and suddenly Willy Wonka asked you to take over the factory, you'd be kicking over barrels of candy and swimming in a chocolate river." Almost, Brand! Almost a totally classy interview.