Russell Brand covers the July issue of Esquire UK, and all of the randy girls across the pond must be excited. It’s Rusty. Of course these ladies are thrilled even if (like me) they can’t explain why he’s so bloody irresistable beyond the fetching Essex accent, lanky limbs, and all too casual saunter. On this end, I am simply thrilled for a reason to discuss Russell beyond the scope of his Miley Cyrus post-pilates bun or (on a more serious note) in terms of testifying about addiction in front of Parliament.
Esquire UK treats Rusty fairly well here, and as far as I can ascertain, there isn’t some weird-ass, avante-grade interview going on like Esquire is wont to do. In fact, things seem pretty straightforward here except that this photoshoot appears to be unfairly airbrushed. Here are some interview excerpts, and shockingly, Rusty does discuss Katy Perry:
On the failure of his 14-month marriage: “You’ve got to really, really want it to have successful marriage. When I’m in a relationship I’m diligently monogamous and stick to the principles agreed on within that relationship. You’ve got to, I think. But it’s going to be hard if I go into a monogamous relationship. I live a life where I have a lot of freedom, so if I meet someone and I go, ‘Right let’s be monogamous,’ that’s a f—ing change. But I tried it and I loved it. I really think she’s a lovely beautiful person [Katy Perry]. It’s just hard isn’t it? She’s got a lot of options, I’ve got a lot of options, so you’ve got to really, really want it.”
Why did the marriage fail? “Some of it’s the fame, but I think getting married is — you’ve got a whole other person that you’ve got to make as important as you!”
He still wants to be married: “I’ve given over too much of my life to its pursuit. And I’ve probably harmed other people, by being selfish. And really, I’d like to be married. I’m just not transmitting that frequency of ‘Soulmate! Soulmate!’ I’m transmitting the frequency of “Mmm!’”
Maybe he’ll marry Morrissey: “This is the realisation of a childhood dream — my hero, the great artist Morrissey, affirming and praising my work. But while he’s talking, a girl with big tits walks past in the background, and I immediately look at her. It’s not even a decision — it’s more like ‘breathe,’ or ‘kidneys separate urine from water.’ It’s happening on such a deep level that stuff.’”
[From Esquire UK]
I have to confess that even though Morrissey drives me up the wall on an unvarying basis, I think it’s kind of cute that Rusty has a bit of crush on the eternally grumpy one. Russell even devoted a great portion of My Booky Wook to his email interactions with Morrissey, and I only flinched a little bit. Oh well.
As for Russell’s unavoidable statements about his marriage with Katy, I think he’s the type who is nice enough to not “outlaw” certain questions from journalists, and he handled the questions in as diplomatic a manner as possible. At least he’s not writing comedy sketches about her like she’s writing songs about him, right? Right.
Photos courtesy of Esquire UK