Russell Brand refuses to take a cent of Katy Perry’s money in the divorce

Finally, here are some photos of Katy Perry at that DirectTV party where she sang about wanting to rip off Tim Tebow’s pants and check out his “Peacock.” Then after the Super Bowl, Katy reportedly partied until 3 a.m. at the Giants bash. She’s always “partying.” I can’t really even identify with that word since these days, and I haven’t done so since my early 20s. It’s a strange word, for I remember shouting the words to Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right” as a tween while my (mildly overprotective) dad grew worried. He said something along the lines of “Do you know what ‘partying’ even means? It means having sexual relations with complete strangers.” Yeah, I stopped singing the song aloud after that little discussion.

Anyway, Katy’s been partying her ass off and leaving the finer (or possibly all of the) details of her divorce to estranged husband Russell Brand and his attorneys. While she certainly can’t be enjoying the dissolution of her marriage, it looks like she’s got nothing to worry about in the financial department. Russell doesn’t want a scrap of Katy’s money even though he’s entitled to plenty of it under California law:

Russell Brand is entitled to approximately $20 million of Katy Perry’s fortune … but TMZ has learned he will not take a single penny of it.

Russell’s lawyer filed final divorce papers Tuesday … although the judge will make the divorce official on June 30, because there’s a 6 month waiting period.

Informed sources tell TMZ … Russell and Katy did NOT have a prenup. As a result, everything they earned during their 14-month marriage is community property — which means they’re each entitled to 50% of the pot.

Katy made $44 million between May, 2010 and May, 2011 — according to Forbes. The couple Married in October, 2010, so Russell could have scored a fortune if he exercised his community property rights.

But here’s the deal. As one source put it, “This divorce is as amicable as it gets, and Russell was a mensch (Yiddish for a good person).” He doesn’t want Katy’s money. He’s happy to walk away with the money he earned — which is far less than what Katy raked in.

[From TMZ]

This is a smart move on Russell’s part, and I imagine that Russell did so for reasons that are threefold: (1) He has enough money of his own; (2) He just wants out of the marriage and won’t stick around arguing for a moment longer than necessary; (3) He’s thinking about his image. And even if his career hits the skids and he runs out of money, there’s always money to be made by selling out his marriage secrets in Booky Wook 3, right?

Meanwhile, Russell’s been stalking the streets of Los Angeles alone. While various insiders claim that he’s shagging other chicks and wants to get with Zooey Deschanel, he’s putting forth the appearance of getting back to work. For all the public knows, his only downtime consists of playing a few games of pool with the guys. Oh, and wearing more scarves.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. irishserra says:

    Well, that’s admirable.

  2. merski says:

    good for him!
    …and whatever you say: he may look like a fool, but i really believe he’s not the kind of person to make money off of marriage secrets.

  3. mln76 says:

    He’s a good hearted guy. If he wanted the money he would have gotten his lawyers to arrange a settlement and sign a non-disclosure agreement. He’s a bit crazy sure but he’s really a smart guy and I put my money on his career lasting longer than Katy’s.

  4. Kyle says:

    He doesn’t want anything because there is nothing left. She spent everything on hairdressers and hair dyes.

  5. Incredulous says:

    Yet another good for him.

  6. Lee says:

    I would be surprised if he were doing anything different. And I also don’t expect that we’ll read any marriage secrets from him in the future either.

    • Lis says:

      I don’t think we’ll hear any secrets from *either* of them.

      I’m not sure what there would be to tell, considering how short the marriage was and how little they saw of each other.

      It takes two to break a marriage up, and I strongly suspect that “being too busy to see each other” wouldn’t make a great story.

  7. SweetLou says:

    That’s real good for him…a real man holds down his own. Oh, now I hope katy uses that 20 million to undo that ‘blue disaster’ on her head lol

    Riri did the red and she has the blue…wouldn’t it be funny if they had those the same time, and were photographed together lolololol Beyond funny!

  8. Franny says:

    I don’t understand how her hair stays vibrant because she is obviously not dying it every week (hello roots) but the color doesn’t really seem to fade.

    • Bedhead says:

      I think those may be fake roots used for effect because (if I remember correctly) Katy’s a natural blonde.

      • Safara says:

        She’s not technically a blonde at all. She’s a strawberry/red blonde that comes in at the roots a bit dull but lightens out to blond really fast in the sun. Her sister is a red head too. But since she was a tween she did the summer blond highlighting thing because she hates the red. If you see a picture of her at like 3 or 4 it’s red but beyond that she convinced her parents to let her lighten it. If you see her sister who doesn’t mess with her hair or plaster herself with makeup–that’s Katy’s real coloring.

    • Lee says:

      back when I was a teenager I had black and neon pink hair for a number of year. I used to re-dye the pink sections without re-bleaching and since I have naturally dark roots, it would give a similar effect. I suspect that’s what she does.

      edit: ah, and now I see Bedhead’s response and that makes a lot of sense.

  9. sullivan says:

    No surprise. Many underestimate him. He’s intelligent, kind, and decent.

  10. Jackie says:

    good move. he does have his own money and he would look like a douche if took it….ya, i’m looking at you guy ritchie.

  11. Safara says:

    Good PR move. But how can he divvy up the assets down the middle when they only spent like 40 days together last year, and his whole thing is so-called anti-capitalism? Plus don’t you all realize that Katy Perry would literally murder him if he even so much as took the lost change from between the folds of the couch? Her career will soon be over and Russell will make money for years and years. In 10 or 15 years, he’ll easily have 4 or 5 times the money she will make. I hope he stays single for a while and improves his taste in women the next time around.

  12. Jackson says:

    Ahhh, good for him. PR or not, I can’t help but think he’s a decent guy.

  13. Zorbitor says:

    K-Fed says he’s not so sure about this. A boy’s got to think about his future!

  14. Alejandro says:

    Didn’t expect anything less from him. Russ never wanted her money and is a tru gent in that regard. Now how will Katy and her people spin this to US magazine and other tabs to somehow make it seem like she’s the victim and Russ as the evil womanizer who took advantage of poor, innocent, Christian Katy?

  15. Gwen says:

    ‘Partying = Sexual Relations with Strangers’?
    Wow. Americans really do have their own language.

  16. Girl says:

    I can’t believe we live in a world where teachers and soldiers struggle to make ends meet but Katy Perry made $44 million last year.

  17. Arianna says:

    I tend to side with Russell, everything about Katy seems fake. I heard from a friend of a friend of the family that her boobs are fake? Not too sure. anyone know?

  18. Jane says:

    I think he’s peachy, and I hope he tells all, especially if she partied in the face of his sobriety. I wouldn’t want any of her dirty pillow money either.

  19. Leticia says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! Good for him. He comes out of this looking better and better every day. Can’t say the same for her.

  20. Astrid says:

    He and Noel Fielding need to start work on The Goth Detectives. I’d watch that damnit…

    Kudos on him for taking the high road though. Smart PR-move..

  21. Skins says:

    Good move Russell. He can earn his own money. Maybe Kobe’s wife, Dions wife, Tiger’s wife, etc… can take a cue from this and get a job and earn their own money

  22. Happy21 says:

    I’m not surprised. Even if he is a wee bit annoying to me, he has always seemed like he is smart and his heart is in the right place.

  23. Jover says:

    Don’t like either of them but if its true good for Russell, Arianna everything about this talentless fameho is fake check out her early vids on youtube when she tried to make it as a religious singer; yes, Girl, it is stunning that soldiers and teachers struggle while this 1 per center lives the life – does she have any other look than the dopey disney look; those three pics of her reek of total scatterbrained and no one’s home upstairs. But she has decent management.

  24. ella says:

    I don’t think he did it for any of the reasons mentioned in the post but because he’s actually a decent guy.

    Which is probably why he couldn’t stay married to Katy Perry.

  25. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Katy Perry’s eyes look like dots in a pinwheel! I call coking it up ’til 3am.

    Meanwhile, Russell is the one who’s ‘peacocking’ with his scarves and tight everything to attract all lasses in an immediate 5 mile area!

  26. skuddles says:

    Hmm, well good on Russell. How completely refreshing and unusual to hear a celeb isn’t turning their divorce into a greedy money grab. The babes will be lining up at his door now… nothing sexier than a man with integrity.

  27. Bette says:

    I love him.

    I always knew he’d do the right thing … and he won’t trash her in his next book, either. That’s not his style. He is honest & confessional in his books, but about HIMSELF, not the women he’s been with. He’s never revealed anything explicit or damaging about a woman and I don’t think he’ll start now.

  28. Onyx XV says:

    That is a classy, and mature move on his part. I like Russell Brand so much more than I ever thought I would. I love his movies and his stand-up. In interviews he comes off as very likeable. I just wish he’d dress better – he always looks so gawdawful!

  29. Newtsgal says:

    Good move Russell!
    I have more respect for him.
    Now, will someone PLEASE take those skinny jeans and cowboy boots away from him and burn em’

  30. MacScore says:

    Totally agree with Newtgal and Onyx. He seems sensitive and thoughtful – remember his amazing encomium for Amy Winehouse? His words were absolutely poetic and memorable. I don’t think he’s going to diss Katy, but the larger questions remain:
    1) what was he doing with her in the first place?
    2) the distribution of wealth – not only in the US but everywhere – is utterly wrong (soldiers/teachers/social workers = penniless; bullshit “entertainers” = millionaires);
    and, lest we get too political here:
    Russell, pulllleeeeezzzze! Clean up your style, mate, you look like crap.

    • Shay Kay says:

      I do remember his words about Winehouse because it was a beautifully worded, articulate, and moving memorium to her. It was also the first time I thought “There’s more to this guy than meets the eye. Color me impressed.”
      His refusal to take money from a spouse of 1 year makes him a rarity and that much more appealing. Once again I think this guy might be a bit of a mess on the outside but he’s got it going on in his heart and mind and that is sexy!

  31. Bette says:

    So what do those of you who hate his style think he should look like? I’m genuinely asking. (Not the people who hate him and just want to slag him off, but people who like him & think he needs a makeover.)

    During the promotion for Arthur, he was clean shaven, had somewhat shorter hair, and usually wore 3 piece suits or dress pants with a button down shirt & tie. Just google “Arthur press conference” for an example. Personally I don’t think he looks as good when he’s all cleaned up. Part of his appeal is that he’s a bit scruffy and has a sort of “rock star” appeal, which is why the scarves and tight jeans and boots seem appropriate. But like I said, I’m curious to hear what people would like to see him wearing instead.

    • suhon12 says:

      Okay, to stop wearing tapered pants with boots, leather pants, lady shirts (unisex clothing) the scarves, a new guy hair cut that works with his head, no fussy Tim Gunn style, but a smarter, cleaner look, with a Russell Brand touch. Clean, but not too clean, time to turn over a new leaf, Russell!!

  32. Kim says:

    Nor should he. I would be appalled at a man who took their wife of 1 yrs money! Neither should take a penny from the other. They werent married long enough and it wasnt like he or she sat home taking care of the kids while the other worked.

  33. Ramie says:

    yay Rusty! I like him even more now!

  34. Ramona Q says:

    44 MILLION dollars?! In this economy?!

  35. Snowflake says:

    Can’t stand katy perry. for someone who spouts religion, she sure knows how to work sexual innuendo into every aspect of her acts. how hypocritical, in my view, anyway.

  36. Loulou says:

    Russell and Sandra Bullock. I see it.

  37. Ogechi says:

    I always fall for bad guys…

  38. Ravensdaughter says:

    Team Russell: I knew he wouldn’t take her money. See, there are some divorces where people behave honorably-in this case, they essentially parted with what they came in with. (Caveat, see below)
    Smiley Katy kind of hacks me off, but that shows just how immature she is. A divorce is still a significant life event-a loss of what I assume was an important relationship to both of them.
    My theory from Russell’s end has always been that part of the reason he married her was to break into the American market and get some face time. Now he is either famous, or infamous, in the States:)

  39. Mika says:

    “Do you know what ‘partying’ even means? It means having sexual relations with complete strangers.” ”


    It means having a large group of friends together for social interaction. Sometimes it involves booze, sometimes it involves birthday cake, sometimes people want to engage in consensual protected sex, and there is nothing wrong with that either, Grandma Bedhead, but still, that is not what “partying’ means.