Russell Brand is ‘deeply hurt’ & ‘doesn’t understand’ why Katy trashed him in Vogue

Russell Brand

Here’s Russell Brand in Los Angeles last Friday while wearing a “Have an Orgasm” t-shirt because, you know, he’s a real fan of having as many as humanly possible. I was thinking about Rusty’s nine-orgasm record the other day and wondering if it’s even possible to near double digits without “dry heaving,” if you know what I mean. Sorry, I know that’s gross.

Back to the photos at hand, I don’t know who the woman next to Russell is, but it really doesn’t look romantic. You can tell that Rusty is sort of eyeing the paps while almost certainly anticipating the tabloid headlines to come.

Russell Brand

There’s a new story coming from Grazia (via Belfast Telegraph), which says that Russell is not too pleased about Katy Perry’s recent Vogue interview wherein she throws him under the bus. Among other things, Katy claimed that Russell told her about their divorce via text message, and that’s supposedly the last time they ever spoke. At first, I wondered why Katy would bring this stuff up in an interview more than a year after the fact; but one must consider that Katy (like most starlets) wanted that Vogue cover bad, so she had to dish. Why else would Anna Wintour give the cover to a pop star who’s not currently promoting anything? I don’t condone Katy’s tactics, but I understand why she felt the need to discuss her divorce from Rusty. Now was what she said true? In this story, Russell doesn’t deny the text message method, but he doesn’t get why Katy said some other stuff. Here’s the Grazia take:

Russell Brand reportedly “can’t understand” why Katy Perry said certain things about their failed marriage in an interview with US Vogue.

The stars were married for just 14 months before they split at the end of 2011. In a candid interview with US Vogue, Katy revealed she couldn’t disclose the “real truth” about why her marriage to Russell had ended and claimed they were no longer in contact. According to insiders, Russell was deeply hurt by Katy’s comments about their failed relationship.

“He’s devastated by what Katy has said, given that they’ve been in contact on numerous occasions,” a source told British magazine Grazia. “He can’t understand why she would say all these things.”

During the revealing chat with Vogue, the 28-year-old spoke about why the union had failed. Katy claimed Russell hadn’t liked her being his “equal” and hinted at a dark secret behind their divorce.

“I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose, because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day,” she said. “I let go and I was like: ‘This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me.’ So I have moved on from that.”

Katy also said she hadn’t heard from her former spouse since he had sent her a text on December 31, 2011 “saying he was divorcing me.”

[From Belfast Telegraph]

If this story is true, I can definitely see where Russell is coming from because Katy really dealt a low blow with her statements on their relationship in Vogue. In contrast, Russell has taken the proverbial high road even when prompted to dish with Howard Stern. Still, I can’t see Russell wasting much thought on what Katy says about him, so this could be a made-up filler story from Grazia. It’s difficult to tell.

Here’s Russell strutting around like a scarf-adorned peacock at the BBC studios last week. He’s such a rockstar.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

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  1. pao la says:

    This happens when people don’t realise that marriage is a full time job that needs commitment, time, sacrifice, respect and lots of love and dedication. I think they just got married in the heat of the moment without thinking the whole thing through, 2 strangers getting married too soon and spending too much time apart. I wish them both well, but not together.

    • wiffie says:

      if I if have to work at my marriage so hard it’s like a full time job, methinks I married the wrong person.

      With the right person, marriage should not be difficult.

      • bluhare says:

        I have been married for 26 years to the “right” person and, trust me, at times it’s hard bloody labor.

      • Trillion says:

        I was afraid of marriage for the longest time because of all the “marriage is a lot of work” comments one constantly hears. Well, I’ve been married 12 years now and I know I made the right decision to wait because it’s been about the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It’s like playing house with your best friend with benefits.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        My next anniversary will be my twentieth and I just want to say that I can totally relate. I married the “right” guy too but, yeah, there have been times when it has been HARD WORK. I don’t know why some people are loathe to say so although I will say until about year 16 I felt that way too! I guess if you are in it for the long run then eventually you’ll run into some HARD WORK :)

      • Lucinda says:

        Going on 17 years of marriage. I don’t think marriage is hard. Life is hard. Marriages can be tested by life and getting through that intact is hard. It’s easier with the right person but it still requires nurturing and attention. So yes, it’s technically work. But as Mr. Affleck so eloquently stated, “it’s the best kind of work.:

    • LT says:

      Ditto to that. I’ve been married for 15 years – and while there are many “hard” things in my life (child rearing, work, etc), my marriage is not one of them. Marry the right person from the get go and it’s not so hard.

  2. Izzy says:

    Dear Russell: she did that because she’s an immature twat.

  3. KLO says:

    I used to think Russell was witty and charming. But as I saw more and more of interviews and his interactions with people, I can`t fight the feeling that he is in fact a pompous, narcissistic, mean whiner who goes on and on about the need for love and respect between people but doesn`t practice it himself, not really.
    His need for “love and respect” manifests itself by him getting butthurt over smallest slights that could damage his overblown ego.

    I have known a few people like this, and at my worst moments, have acted alike.

    I don`t blame Katy for any of this. She was naive, as I once was. Now she´s learned her lesson. I hope. (or not…..John Mayer cough cough)

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      With all due respect, how is he acting all “butthurt”?

      I wouldn’t put too much stalk in what an unnamed source in a tabloid mag says.
      Brand has kept his mouth completely shut when it comes to their marriage and has been nothing short of a class act, whereas KP brings it up constantly and plays the victim card every chance she gets.

      • aims says:

        Yeah, Katy has really been quite rude when talking about Russell and their marriage. Marriage is a hard thing at times. Throw in their professional commitments, and then it’s nearly impossible. But to single him out as to why the marriage failed is absurd. Again, he has been very discreet about that time period, and shown himself to be a gentleman.

        She on the other hand has been the opposite, and I bet when she has more awful music to sell, she will be bad mouthing him some more.

    • Isabelle says:

      Its opposite for me. The more interviews I watch of him, the more I like him. Intelligent, honest and open. He doesn’t hide the fact he’s promiscuous, has addiction problems and loves the spotlight. Hollywood is filled with narcissists but they hide the fact. He doesn’t hide it at all and good for him for being himself.

    • Miska says:

      @KLO Agree with you 100%. Plus, he forfeited all rights to discretion forever when he made those calls to Andrew Sachs. Why does he deserve sympathy again?

      • Bette says:

        “he forfeited all rights to discretion forever when he made those calls to Andrew Sachs.”

        Excuse me, what?

        For those not familiar, Miska is referring to an incident in 2008 on Russell’s BBC2 radio show, where he tried to call the (elderly) actor Andrew Sachs for an interview, and ended up leaving a series of answering-machine messages that revealed he’d slept with the actor’s granddaughter. Obviously, that’s not exactly a polite or appropriate thing to do, but there are a few things to mention: 1) His original intent was never to “prank call” Sachs as has so often been alleged in the media; it was legitimately for an interview. 2) When he left the first message, Russell was only vaguely alluding to the “granddaughter” incident. He and his guest, Jonathan Ross, had been joking about it, and then they called and left another message, in which JONATHAN (not RB) blurted out “He f–ed your granddaughter!” 3) The show was a pre-record, so someone at the BBC could have chosen not to air it. But they did air it, and initially there were 2 complaints from people who thought it was a bit rude. It was only after THE DAILY MAIL caught wind of it and made a witch hunt out of it that thousands of people decided they were oh-so-offended by it and filed complaints, causing a huge scandal. Mr. Sachs at the time stated that he didn’t even understand what was being said on the messages; he just thought it was a bunch of garbled nonsense, until it blew up in the papers and THAT is what actually caused him embarrassment/pain, not the initial calls which he would’ve probably ignored otherwise.

        The main thing, to me, is that Russell acknowledged from the beginning that it was a rude thing to do to Mr. Sachs, and he sent him a hand-written apology along with some roses, which Mr. Sachs graciously accepted. That should have been the end of it. It was a joke in poor taste that went a little too far, not the crime of the century, the way the UK media made it out to be. There was no malice behind it, only foolishness. Russell subsequently resigned from the BBC.

        For someone to say, 5 years later, that because of this incident Russell has no rights to privacy or discretion is just ludicrous. He broadcast some inappropriate remarks to an older gentleman, and he apologized. The world should move on.

    • Bridget says:

      Honestly, I think he’s both witty and charming AND a narcissist. An addict of his level (I am so amazed that he didnt kill himself) is almost by definition a narcissist, and I want to say that he’s pretty much said as much himself. I have an incredible amount of respect for how he’s turned himself around and find him ridiculously funny. But would I ever want to be married to him? HELL NO. I would even wonder how easy it is to be his friend, because that man has some serious demons. He amd Katy were such an odd pairing – he the admitted heroin (and sex addict?) who is extremely intelligent but has to be the star in the relationship, and her the rather dim Hollywood party girl who as a massive worldwide pop star was bound to be the big star in any relationship she was in.

      And Russel doesnt necessarily deserve sympathy, but it doesnt change the fact that Katy’s making herself look bad every time she badmouths him.

  4. Sullivan says:

    Don’t concern yourself, Russell. Katie’s interview only served to make her look immature & vengeful.

  5. Amelia says:

    Grazia is up there with Star and The Sun as epic fails of sources.

    Katy should just have moved on. So lame to be bringing it all back up and quite sad that she had to go there in order to get her Vogue cover. I remember Kristen Stewart was in negotiations for a Vogue front cover and she refused to give into Anna’s demand to spill the beans on her relationship with Sparkles, and didn’t do it at that time. I think she had an article on the inside instead. She later got her cover and didn’t have to talk about how they got together, what they ate for breakfast and how romantic he was. I think Katy is very bitter and wanted to throw shade at him and this killed 2 birds with one stone. I’m sure neither were perfect, it’s heading for 2 years on. Move on!

  6. Katttt says:

    Whe she talks about Russell not liking her being equal to him what does she mean by ‘equal’, exactly? I assume shes talking about fame and wealth as I’m not sure she is his intellectual equal. Russell may be a lot of things but he is immensly intelligent and eloquent, both not qualities I would automatically associate with Katy Perry…

  7. lucy2 says:

    Didn’t he realize who he married? I’m not surprised, I don’t know why he is.

  8. magpie says:

    I really doubt there was some sort of “dark secret”. I think they just broke up because they were both so busy and realzed they really had nothing in common to keep it going.

  9. Meaghan says:

    I used to not care for him, but lately have grown to really like him. His Howard Stern interview was great! I hate Katy Perry, and cannot begin to comprehend how he is surprised by this. She is the worst.

  10. @KLO says:

    I have closely followed Russell because he is in recovery and most celebrities with substance abuse issues don’t live the 12 step life they need in order to stay sober. I feel it is OK that I am saying this because Russell has been open about his journey of recovery. One thing I have read/heard repeatedly was Russell couldn’t put up with Katy’s constant partying. Russell does not act like a typical celebrity. One day a panhandler was asking Russell for money. Russell said to the guy, I am going to give you something more valuable than a $20. He took the guy to a 12 step meeting and bought him lunch.

    • wiffie says:

      I like this.

      It would really be hard to be in recovery and married to a woman who had zero respect for it at all.

    • Isabel says:

      @KLO: True, there were lots of rumors of her going crazy in clubs, with him being in recovery.
      Also, we all know the horrible pics of him looking upset and her drunk, hanging onto him at some awardshow. Classy and mature thing to do when ur man is in recovery and you barely see each other because you are both busy. Why not solve it by getting drunk, so you don’t even remember seeing him and you can go back on tour the next day? What a fool.

    • bluhare says:

      Couldn’t agree more. He walks his walk. She drove a tour bus over it.

    • Bridget says:

      Does anyone remember the Ted C blind that everyone guessed was Katy? That she got so wasted at a club that she forgot about the fact that she didnt want anyone to know that she and Lilo were friends and asked her to be a bridesmaid in her wedding? Supposedly she sobered up and had to tell her she changed her mind!

  11. Londerland says:

    Katy Perry really wants the marriage to have been a massive, dramatic failure she can blame on Brand, doesn’t she? When Wide Awake was released it was obviously her attempt at a big, emotional, “wronged woman” anthem, which seemed odd because there was no drama about their break-up – no other woman, no hookers, no furious rows, just two people who married in haste, giving it up for a bad idea. He’d always been very open with the whole world about the kind of person he was so I can’t imagine what else she thought she was getting.

    So far Russell has been admirably quiet about the whole thing, but Katy seems determined to promote herself as the betrayed ex, without ever specifying what he’s supposed to have done. It’s as phoney now as her whole persona has always been – she’s trying to reposition herself away from whipped-cream-boob-girl and into Mature Artiste With Feelings. Laughable.

  12. kim says:

    Katy is a dramatic needy chick that gets defensive. Her success comes from a big rack and an auto tuner. She can’t dance. She can’t sing live. She’s purely a cartoon character to make us smile. I don’t want to hear her get all deep. Seriously want to smack cotton candy out of her hand right now.

  13. Lindy79 says:

    Having read Russell’s two books, and in particular the chapters where he talks about KP, he fell hard and he fell fast after a lifetime of being a colossal screw up and being off his tits but he was starting to get his life together and a part of that to him was to settle down with one woman who he thought he loved.
    I think Any Winehouse’ death in July 2011 really hit him hard and his work on addiction and treatment of addicts is proof of that, I also think that was his catalyst for their break up. She was partying a lot and he wanted no part of it.

    To be still talking about it longer than the length of time you were actually married is…I hate to say it but..desperate.

  14. serena says:

    I love the way he dresses, lol, truly.

  15. Lark says:

    That woman kind of looks like Rusty. I wonder if they are related? BTW, I do think drugs/drinking was the major issue between Katy and Russell.

  16. Raquel says:

    Russell Brand is a womanizer; he’s never hidden that fact. But he also seems like a genuinely sweet guy, and he hardly seems the type to actually disrespect women.

    Katy Pery was always a trashy, desperate woman. It takes a real loser to dish on the inside deals of your breakup with your boyfriend to the world…I don’t care if Brand divorced her via text, forwarded her the signed divorce papers via email, called her a cheap ho, and then had some buddies clear his stuff from her house…trashing him on Vogue was lame.

  17. Wandaa says:

    If anyone is wondering, that’s Nicola his assistant, the person responsible for his hair and makeup. She lives with him now. They’re probably not in a relationship, but they look comfortable together which was something he never looked with Katy.

    I still say that marriage was PR, and don’t believe Katy or Russell is upset. They’re both a couple of big Judy Garlands, and there’s no way Russell can stick to one woman. If anything Russell is upset because this marriage has gotten him a lot of bad press, and Katy is upset he broke the contract off early and showed her up right before award season and she thinks he ruined her chances of winning a grammy. If this is how she vents and picks up a Vogue cover in the process, more power to her.

  18. drea says:

    I’m surprised his alleged rampant cheating/womanizing has never been a factor in all of this. I guess they had that kind of marriage. *shrugs*

  19. The Original Mia says:

    This is a grown man, who chose to date and marry a pop star. I’m sick & tired of hearing about poor Rusty, bad Katy. Goodness. At his age and past experiences, he should have never dated, much less married her. It should have been casual sex and move on.

    • bluhare says:

      We wouldn’t be saying anything if Katy Perry would keep her mouth shut.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Oh, please. You guys were saying this before her interview. Poor Rusty was taken in by her boobs or her vagina. Forget the fact this is the same tool who called up the grandfather of one of his conquests so he could play a recording of them screwing. I could care less if he’s hurt because his wife said he texted her about their divorce and hinted he might have cheated.

      • Bette says:

        The Original Mia: Your facts are totally wrong. He did not call up the grandfather of one of his conquests and play a recording of them screwing! That’s actually an amazing example of how things can get so skewed in the press that someone ends up with a complete wrong impression of what happened. If you want to know what really happened, see my reply above, to Miska. It was an inappropriate answering machine message, but definitely not a recording of anyone screwing, and it was not a premeditated “prank” or anything like that. Really, you should know the real facts before you judge someone on it.

    • Ella says:

      He’s not going around whining about Katy; he never voluntarily brings her up. He gets asked about her constantly and he is always gracious when he does respond. I don’t believe this article for a second (I believe he might have been hurt by her comments, but not that he told anyone connected to the press – that’s not his style).

      So while you may be sick of hearing about “Poor Rusty,” I don’t think that’s really his fault — it’s other people (including KP) who keep talking about it, not him!

  20. Ella says:

    The woman in the photos is Nicola, his longtime co-worker (she does his hair & makeup for events, as well as traveling with him as sort of an assistant).

    As for this story about him being hurt by KP’s remarks, he may well have been, but I highly doubt he confessed that to any “source” who would talk to the tabloids. Russell is very, very guarded about revealing his true feelings on personal matters. Sure, in some ways he’s an open book, as far as his past and some of his sexual exploits. But when it comes to things like his marriage, he will not spill his guts to anyone publicly. You can see this by how he’s dealt with interviews like the Howard Stern ones — even with relentless probing by Howard, the most RB will say is “it didn’t work out” and “she’s a lovely person.” I’ve seen several interviews recently where people tried to get him to talk about KP’s Vogue comments and he always politely refuses. So, I see no reason to believe he’d change that policy anytime soon, and nobody he is close to in real life would blab to Grazia or Star or whoever.

  21. EscapedConvent says:

    Russell seems to me a very intelligent & sweet gentleman. He has behaved like a prince through this divorce episode.

    I think they were just two people who got carried away & got married when they didn’t know each other. They just went to India for their wedding rather than the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas.

    I wouldn’t mind being Rusty’s assistant & ‘coddling” him at all! Might be a fun job.

  22. Lee says:

    I don’t believe for a minute he commented to any magazine about anything Katy said. He has kept quiet throughout her whole whiny tantrum of a blame game, why would he start now?

  23. Madriani's Girl says:

    “… I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose, because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day.”

    That sounds an awful lot like a threat, Katy. I’m so sure old Rusty is shaking in his skinny jeans.

  24. Thora says:

    She’s keeping the dark seceret locked away for a rainy day? More like the day the media attention drys up. Katy’s comments are very toxic. On one hand she talks trash about Rusty and, if he’s to be believed, lies about him and then emotionally blackmails him by saying she still has the dark seceret up her sleeve. All that to get a Vogue cover. What a famewhore.

  25. Liv says:

    Like many above me said i think it was about her drinking and partying. I think it came to a point for him to choose between being sober or staying married. He chose sobriety.

  26. Ginger says:

    It’s one thing to talk about a divorce with your close friends and family and another thing entirely to share it with the world in a magazine interview. Whatever went down between them should stay between them. I agree that Russell has taken the high road here surprisingly. You would think it would be the opposite but he has shown himself to be a gentleman in regards to Katy. It sounds as if there is some kind of clause in the divorce where she can’t speak about details. That was a smart move.

  27. Ella says:

    Funny side note about the woman who’s with him in these pics — as mentioned above, it’s his assistant/hairstylist Nicola, but sites like the Daily Mail and Perez Hilton have had a field day over the last several months trying to claim she’s some new love interest. Because she’s with Russell so often, there are ample opportunities to be papped, and those sites run the pics with captions like “Russell with new mystery brunette!” (even though she’s the same brunette every time). The Daily Mail also claimed in one set of pics that she was Isabella Brewster (who he dated briefly last year), thus spawning a dozen other sites to claim RB and IB were “back together!” Just goes to show how little credibility there is to most of the stories run by these sites.

  28. Leona says:

    Katy Perry is an idiot. That’s why Russell left her. She is just as much to blame for their split as he is. Too busy snorting white candy than supporting his sober living

  29. Leah says:

    Team Rusty!! He has really nice shoulders by the way!

  30. Truly says:

    He’s spent his life treating women(albeit low ranking women) like sh-t.

    Who cares if she trashes him. He has many traits of a sociopath, for christ sake.

    Karma’s a b-tch, Russ!

  31. Amy says:

    This is completely unrelated to the story, but does anyone have an ID on Nicola’s shoes? I LOVE them!

  32. Bette says:

    Rusty fans/supporters: Check out what he wrote in the Guardian about the whole “Morning Joe” incident, if you haven’t already! Link:

    Brilliant writing as always by Mr. Brand.

  33. Liz says:

    I’ve never been married but I feel like I can relate to katy based on a breakup I had. For those of you saying he’s been acting like such a gentleman, I know how frustrating it is to realize that your ex has a carefully calculated public persona and seeming like mr nice guy is something he’s good at. I can’t fault her for publicly hinting that he might not be so gentlemanly behind closed doors. But that’s just the part of me talking who felt bitterly let down by my ex.

  34. lady_luck says:

    a.) he can moan all he wants, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was still the heartless pr&*$k who texted her to ask for a divorce.
    b.) the “real reason” obviously points to infidelity on russell’s part. No surprises there. the guy can’t give up variety, is not monogomous by nature, and seemingly lacks the willpower to say no.

  35. Alina says:

    I think the secret is that Russell has been in an open relationship with his assistant Nicola since they met but kept her a secret because he wants to be seen as single for his fans who are mostly women, and then he married Katy to get famous in the States. Now that he’s divorced, he’s slowly being more open about Nicola. They’re together all the time and she is single with a child and never dates or works for anyone else. Katy probably finally figured it out. It’s pretty f*&ked up. No wonder she is still angry. She thought it was a real marriage and the whole time his plan was to use her. She should be angry.

    • Niamh says:

      She’s been his assistant for years – I think we’d know about it by now if they were an item. And she’s with him all the time because…..she’s his assistant! And his friend. She was on his radio show with him going back to 2007.

  36. Niamh says:

    She’s a muppet.

    Sorry, that’s an insult to the muppets.

    She’s an idiot.