Katy Perry “dumps” Baptiste Giabiconi, regrets Russell Brand divorce

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It’s been awhile since we indulged in some shameless Katy Perry gossip, so let’s kick this off in grand fashion with a video clip. While I was at the gym yesterday sweating my ass off on a treadmill, I happened to spot the latest Adidas commercial (on ESPN, natch) featuring Katy Perry and David Beckham (along with Lionel Messi and Derrick Rose) running to the tune of Katy’s latest “Part of Me” single. Let’s just say I wasn’t terribly inspired by either Beckham or Perry’s running faces:

That’s not really gossip though, so let’s get on with some proper business. Katy has enjoyed a few weeks’ respite from the tabloids, but everything renews itself afresh with this week’s issues. According to this week’s issue of Star (via Jezebel), Katy has dumped the highest-paid male model in the world, Baptiste Giabiconi, despite a romantic Eurostar date, because he was reportedly using her to make music connections (as well as pushing her to record a duet) in Los Angeles, which is essentially what Kaiser already predicted of the Karl Lagerfeld muse de jour. Mr. Giabiconi certainly does look quite in love with himself in this Paris Fashion Week photo, right?

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Meanwhile, this week’s issue of Us Weekly would have us believe that Katy is still pining for estranged hubby Russell Brand, and her desire has only been heightened by the fact that Russell has moved on with such speed and frequency. Here is a photo of Russell with his latest girlfriend, Nikolett Barabas, who is not to be confused with this chick or the People-profiled Oriela Medellin. Katy is reportedly crushed and wants Russell’s affections pointed backwards in her own rightful direction:

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Three months after her split, a remorseful Katy Perry reaches out to Russell Brand.

India holds special meaning for Katy Perry. It’s where her estranged husband, Russell Brand, popped the question in late 2009 and where the couple wed 10 months later. “She regards it as a beautiful and spiritual palce,” says a Perry family friend. So when the singer made a solo return to the country — to perform at the opening ceremony for the Indian Premiere League of pro cricket players on April 3 — she couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic. “She’d already been missing Russell,” a close pal admits. “Being back there stirred up even more old feelings.”

Not to mention a few regrets. At first furious about Brand’s December 30 filing, a source says, a lonely and desperate Perry is now second-guessing herself, wondering if she could have done more to save the pair’s 14-month union. “She feels guilty that she wasn’t there fore him more,” says the close pal, adding that the eight-time Grammy nominee, 27, questions whether she should have deprioritized her career and caved to Brand’s demands to start a family. And though the eccentric former sex and drug addict, 36, was hardly the ideal husband — he lashed out when she spent time with her friends, say insiders — Perry has been reaching out to him. “Katy’s been trying to get him back!” says the close pal, adding, “She’s a lost soul right now.”

Three months ago, Perry was more interested in revenge. The singer channeled her anger into the bitter ditty “Part of Me,” and told pas she was thrilled to be single. When her ex stepped out with Hungarian model Nikolette Barabas, 32, Perry retaliated with a model fling of her own: In early March, she hit the Paris nightclub scene with 22-year-old Baptiste Giabiconi. But the romance was quick-lived. “He was a plaything,” a pal says of the French-bred fashionisto. “Just to show Russell she was doing OK.”

But Perry still pined for her mischievous ex. “She’s had moments of sadness,” says an insider. And her sentimental India travels continue to resonate. “Now she wants to get back into yoga,” says the close pal. “that was something he was always more into than she was.”

Perry’s not the only one doing a little reflecting. The newly single Brand “was having flings, but he didn’t connect with anybody,” the pal says of the British comic. “It just felt empty.” Still, regrets aside, a reconciliation is a long shot: The couple’s ivorce will be finalized in July. Says the Perry pal, “Right now, Katy and Russel are trying to get to the point hwere they can at least be friends.”

“She regrets not appreciating what she had,” says a friend of Perry.

[From Us Weekly, print edition, April 23, 2012]

Okay, I can sort of buy that Katy regrets how she and Russell’s end-of-marriage days went down, but at the same time, I can also empathize with her career ambitions. As much as I enjoy picking on Katy’s inane pop music, it would have been senseless for her to set aside her (inexplicably) volleying career to have a baby when she didn’t feel ready to do just that. After all, resentment does not breed a healthy environment for child rearing no matter how delicately one frames it. The way I see it, Katy and Russell really weren’t meant to last, and fortunately, one of them (Russell) figured out they were each entrenched very different phases of life before wasting too much time time together.

Here’s a photo of Russell doing lunch before heading to one of his AA meetings. He might look like a total scuzzball (and increasingly so), but at least he’s committed to maintaining his sobriety.

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Photos courtesy of Adidas.com, Fame/Flynet, and WENN

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  1. Tapioca says:

    Blue hair & Blue Steel!

    I wonder if Baptiste even realises Zoolander was a piss take, not a bio-pic?

  2. Jack says:

    Baptiste looks like Casper Smart to me. How is he a paid model, let alone the highest paid model?

  3. Leigh_S says:

    Did anyone else think Baptiste looks cross eyed in the pic with Perry?

  4. truthSF says:

    Well, they are certainly soulmates when it comes to their fashion statements.

  5. baby says:

    LOL at baptiste giabiconi using katy perry for music connections..did u ever see music video for his song “showtime”??? go watch it now!!! its HILARIOUS

  6. Madrid says:

    IMO he´s kind of an eccentric guy but seems pretty honest and elegant (ie: how he´s dealing divorce)so if she has any feelings left there´s always a momment of doubt where it´s very easy to get confused.

  7. Mich says:

    Can someone please explain to me how this guy (love Tapioca’s blue steel comment!!!) is the world’s highest paid male model??? Higher paid than Gandy or Aubrey? How is that even possible?

    Is this the same guy that had the absolutely hilarious music video a couple of years ago? The most unintentionally funny/hysterical thing I have ever seen.

    And, um, I thought he was Karl’s ‘muse’…

  8. Minty says:

    I love how the woman seated behind Katy is giving her bitchface. Is it because of the blue hair? Or maybe the famewhoring? LOL.

  9. cupidityrox says:

    How is russell brand not gay? Those pants scream gay to me

  10. TruthTella says:

    LOL more like Unkle Karl didn’t want trashy Perry touching his property.

  11. Franny says:

    I feel so uncomfortable looking at their clothing choices. Whats wrong with a nice shirt and pants? How do they move in those clothes?

  12. bea says:

    Her model “bf” is crazy cross eyed – is he really a big model? If so, I’m shocked.

    RB’s boots have reach bio-hazard level!

    I actually like his insane style (but only to observe it from afar, I could not walk around with someone dressed like a Spandex Cowboy)

  13. Britt Mezher says:

    Baptiste has eyes that are too close together, and Dr Spock ears. Horrid.

    I feel sorry for Russell, I think Katy is ridiculous.

  14. Zelda says:

    I hate when grown women strive to be “adorable”. Full stop.

  15. Beatrix says:

    Enough of this woman. Katy’s constant attention-seeking acts of immaturity are such a step-backward for society’s perception of women. The obvious ploys to show cleavage while using props such as over-sized lollypops while wearing dolly dresses send horrifying and sabotaging messages about women and how they should be valued. What a shame. I’m glad there are women out there like Hillary Clinton and Rachel Maddow to continue to work for the rights of our gender but women like Katy constantly make that fight harder.

    • Julie says:

      I think women like you make it harder. You seem to think that all women have to have the same personality.

      • Beatrix says:

        Actually, anything outside of vapid self-imposed objectification would be great. In entertainment, there’s Janis, Billie Holiday, Adele, etc tons and tons of women who don’t do us a disservice by belittling our abilities.

      • Zelda says:

        Sure, she’s vapid and jeuvenile, very much playing the “cute” card long after she should have retired it (I’m also looking at you Zooey Deschenel) but that doesn’t make her representative of women everywhere, and it doesn’t mean people perceive her as a typical woman.

        Russell Crowe is a charicature of the burly, hyper-masculine alpha-brawler. I do not see him as a typical example of men or male behaviour. Sean Penn is a womanizing, abusive controller. I still don’t think that damages the perception of ALL me in the eyes of our culture.

        These are all extreme negative stereotypes. But to hold Perry as “damaging” while Crowe or Penn are simply “types” does not help the feminist agenda.

        Women everywhere do not have to like and support all women just to make feminism work, and we need the confidence to know that a few infantalised Hollywoodites will not take away the personal power we each have, nor the power we share as a group.

  16. Alice says:

    Russell Brand has really come across as the adult in this relationshio and if he complained about Katy’s “friends” it is probably because he has had “friends” like hers in his life and he sees the pitfalls ahead for her. I like Russell Brand but I would like to see him in actual clothes with no teenage tears in them.

  17. Nessa says:

    Katy Perry looks like a cartoon character to me. She just seems to desperate for attention all the time.

  18. k says:

    I’ll bet they reunite in a year or two.

  19. HotPockets says:

    I hate to admit this, but I don’t care for Russell and Katy as individuals, but I adored them together. I thought they made sense. I was watching Katy’s True Hollywood Story about how they met and it was very sweet. When you’re not on the same page with someone, though, a relationship just won’t work and will run its course.

  20. normades says:

    Baptiste was never more than a photo-op for her because BOY CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH!!! I saw a thing about him on French TV where he tried to record a song in English and it was just painful how he couldn’t pronounce any of the words correctly.

  21. Gene Parmesan says:

    i knew it!! same thing i said when they first got together can he even speak english??? oh well i put it down to a George Clooney and Elzabetta situation cos it was after dwts i found out homegirl can’t speak anglais! so i thought they probably played rock paper scissors to communicate.
    As for Baptiste maybe his eyes have been knocked straight after Perry gave him a rude awakening by dumping his ass

  22. Alexis says:

    First of all, that Baptiste guy HAS to be gay. I don’t like Karl would pick him as muse, unless he was getting something in return.

    Secondly, Katy Perry is embarrassing and ridiculous. She seems really immature for 27.

    Thirdly, Russell seems like a decent guy, but his outfit choices make me want to kick him in the nuts.

    Lastly, back to Baptiste, he’s totes cross-eyed.

    That is all.

    • normades says:

      Actually he’s not. If he was he’d be getting gay tail left and right, but there are no such rumours about it in the French press (who are vicious btw). As for the “gay look”, it’s euro trash, that’s all.

      And Karl is just super elderly and asexual by all accounts.

      But yes, Katy does seem very immature for 27.

  23. PrincessMe says:

    Didn’t I read that she said that they’re just friends and he’s gay? Not sure if that’s just in my head or it was one of those “a source close to…” things.

  24. LeeLoo says:

    Baptiste has the same cross-eyed confused look that Casper has. It is also a look shared by my cat.

    As for Katy, I don’t understand why she feels she needs a man in her life. If she wants to concentrate on her career thencshe should do so. She needs to quit thinking that she needs a man at all. It seems Katy is stuck between two worlds of this conservative role which I have no doubt she was raised with and this progressive role of just being herself and being a strong woman with a career. She can’t have both and she would do herself well to realize that.

  25. Jordan says:

    Meh, I really don’t care because she has never interested me but I was just wondering, how is it that all these pop tarts don’t have hair falling out as much as they color it? Especially how tight her hair looks pulled in the pic with the fake ponytail. It looks painful. Her and Rihanna seem to have different color hair every time I see them.

  26. Jover says:

    The fashion industry really has fallen since the golden days when a toneless talentless brainless fameho gets a front row seat instead of being laughed out and sent down the hall to the Sesame Street set.

  27. anti-icon says:

    I’m sort of sorry this marriage didn’t work, but it WAS against the odds, with the age difference and RB’s history. And with the fame of them both. I’m glad KP ditched the model user guy. RB didn’t ask for a dime in the divorce, so he’s stand up in my book. I like Russell Brand. He’s interesting and unique.

  28. Kim says:

    I loathe 99% of commercials but i think this is a great commercial. Its clever how it shows different parts of the world and their superstar athletes and the regular/general public all wearing Adidas. I think its saying regardless if you are a pro athlete or regular Joe we can all get inspired to run/do something to the fullest degree. It definitely draws me in and makes me want to go run/kick some butt. I swear Im not on Adidas payroll but I should be after this endorsement-haha.

    • Carolyn says:

      Hehe me too. I can’t run to save myself. Bedhead, Beckham looks great. He looks great at everything he does. PS that model guy just thinks he’s “really really ridiculously good looking” (not sure if I got the Zoolander quote right). PPS I still can’t believe Katy has blue hair. Get rid of it girl!

    • hoya_chick says:

      I liked it too but only because I saw D. Rose’s name. MVP! Loooovvveee him. Commercial only worked because of everyone else not cause of her. I don’t understand why she was in it.

  29. sup says:

    if you’re going to date a brainless zoolander, at least make sure he doesn’t look like vanilla ice’s slower brother omg
    so many cute models and she goes for this one? lol no wonder she’s friends with rihanna no taste in men whatsoever

  30. Hope says:

    Umm, that is NOT Nikolett Barabas in the pic with Russell. First off, she’s a model, and her height is listed as 5’10″ and that chick looks to be all of 5’4″ Secondly, her face is completely different. Nikolett is the girl Brand was in New Orleans with. Just wanted to set the record straight on that.

    As for the rest of it, meh. Katy is an immature little girl, the relationship wasn’t meant to last. At least she’ll be more aware of her SO’s needs next time around (yet somehow I get the feeling that Russell’s needs are astronomical and cannot be met by any one woman, so she was in a lose-lose there.)

  31. Faith says:

    Yes that is NOT Nikolett Barabas. Nikolett B is a Hungarian model, brunette and very pretty. This girl is much shorter and not a model. To whoever said that they would get back together. That would be interesting if only because it would be the last we’d ever hear from Russell. I think being around Katy and her ‘friends’ was going to be his downfall. Surprised he had the sense to end it. Katy Perry is a dumb wh*re, end of. The sooner we all stop talking about her, the sooner she will just disappear.

  32. Bej says:

    How this guy is the highest paid model just baffles me! If I was going to accessorize with a bit of pretty boy male arm candy he’d actually be pretty like Francisco Lachowski. C’mon Katy, show some taste in your choice of fauxmance!!

  33. Fabgrrl says:

    Hey, look at this, we are all commenting on and disparaging this MALE model’s appearance. Suck it, Ashley Judd.

  34. Fabgrrl says:

    Hey, look at this, we are all commenting on and disparaging this MALE model’s appearance. What would Ashley Judd have to say about that?

  35. GirlyGIrl says:

    Honestly how is anyone supposed to take anything Katy Perry says or does seriously?

    and Katy, grow up just a little bit. You dress like an “honorable mention” from a Valley Girl look alike contest