In 2013, Katy Perry said that she keeps info about Russell Brand ‘locked in her safe’

Russell Brand has been credibly accused by multiple women of being a serial rapist, abuser and assailant. The Times of London did a years-long investigation into Brand’s predations and they have all of the facts nailed down and triple-corroborated. So what happens now? His management agency, Tavistock Wood Management, has dropped him. Brand is seemingly being investigated by the British authorities. More victims are coming forward. And now we’re in a cycle of “who knew what and when,” with all of the internet poring over old interviews from comedians like Daniel Sloss and Katherine Ryan. Brand’s behavior was seemingly an open secret in the comedy world, and many comedians would talk around it for years. Speaking of, people are also really focused on poor Katy Perry. Katy and Russell divorced in 2012, and in 2013, she spoke to Vogue:

Perry landed her first Vogue cover in 2013 and spoke about her first marriage at length with the publication. She told Vicki Woods that Brand seemed “magical” when they first met and it was easy to fall in love with him. But the chaos that soon followed made it crushing when he exited the marriage only months later.

She explained, “At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, ‘I can’t handle the equalness.’”

Perry added that Brand didn’t enjoy the fact that she was in charge while on the road, and despite asking him to join her several times, he never did. Perry said Brand’s disdain for his empowered wife “was really hurtful, and it was very controlling.”

Processing their split took time, but she was eventually given information that offered something like solace — and could even be a hint at the allegations Brand now faces. Perry said, “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.”

[From Yahoo]

Do I think that Katy Perry knew the vastness of her ex-husband’s predatory behavior? No. I don’t. I think she loved him and then after their divorce, when she didn’t see him with rose-colored glasses, she started to see how gross and controlling he was during their marriage and beyond. I would also assume that back then – eleven years ago, well before Me Too – some of what she heard was framed as “infidelity” and not “rape.”

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  1. M says:

    Lots of women on the British comedy circuit have openly acknowledged a predator for years but never named names for fear of being sued. I’m sure Katy knows things she’ll never talk about for the same reason.

    • ljndawson says:

      When they divorced, he was entitled to half of her wealth and he didn’t take it. Now I see that as a form of control – he could potentially sue her for it at any point if she talks.

      • K-Peace says:

        He’s certainly not entitled to half her wealth! He would be entitled to half of what she earned in the only one year they were married and that’s it. But it works both ways.—She would be entitled to half of what he earned in that year also. Both of them earned a lot of money that year and it probably came out somewhere around equal, and both apparently decided not to pursue it, which makes sense for two wealthy celebrities who were married very briefly.

    • Megan says:

      Jordan Martin wrote a book in 2014 accusing Brand of rape. This has been an open secret for nearly a decade.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Its since come out that he and his lawyers were aggressively threatening victims if they complained to his bosses or the police.

      The police made a statement today that they’ve received additional reports about him.

    • one of the marys says:

      Is this in anyway tied up with what happened to Duffy? Is it an open secret who kidnapped and raped her?

  2. Ameerah M says:

    I’m not a Katy fan – I think she’s awful in her own right in a lot of ways. BUT. She is in no way responsible for the behavior of her ex. And whatever info she had was not hers to disclose. That would be the victims’ choice. Not hers.

    • tealily says:

      Yes to this. At the time of their marriage I side-eyed her because he seems like such a creep, but she came around pretty quickly when she got to know him. I’m no fan of hers, but this isn’t on her in any way, shape, or form.

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      She’s not responsible. After it was revealed that she refused to help Kesha in her suit against Dr. Luke and how, Katy saying (or bragging) to Vogue that she has nasty info on Brand for a rainy day now reads as really really gross.

      • Ameerah M says:

        Those two things have nothing to do with each other. As I said – Katy is awful all on her own. But Keisha is the one who CHOSE to tell her story. Because it was hers to tell.Katy not backing her up is a character failure all her own. And who knows what SHE experienced while working with Dr. Luke? Katy revealing details about victims without their having any say is an entirely different thing. There may be victims who are not ready to come forward.

      • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

        Well they are related because they involve Katy Perry, her relationships with accused rapists, and the suggestion she has information on or experience with those rapists that could help their victims.
        I have no idea if Katy was referring to Brand assaulting women. I’m saying that in light of her behavior in Kesha’s fight against Dr. Luke, that 2013 quote now reads as gross to me. Because IF she was referring to knowledge of his crimes, she has no right to weaponize it in Vogue magazine (“locked in my safe for a rainy day”?) for her own protection. Those are not her stories to tell and not her stories to use as a public warning to her ex-husband.

    • ML says:

      ITA, Ameerah M. She’s shown us who she is, but she doesn’t own her ex’s rotten behavior. I also agree with what you say about the victims.
      Russell Brand has a frightening support system in place. Elon Musk, Andrew Tate, Tucker Carlson, Jordan Peterson and several other high-profile creeps have voiced their support as have a surprisingly huge amount of commenters online. Women comedians warned each other about RB, and his employers made it possible for him to continue working (even when they had to fire women in order for him to do so). Lots of women stayed silent, and I understand why.

  3. Matilda says:

    More women are making allegations. The floodgates have open. Karma has come a knocking.

  4. Bren says:

    I thought they broke up because of her drug use as he was newly sober at the time

    • Ameerah M says:

      I mean that’s a great rumor to feed to the press when you want to vilify your ex-wife and make yourself look innocent.

      • Turtledove says:


        He spun that whole situation so well. I admit I fell for it.

        I was actually a bit of a fan in the days just prior to Katy Perry. He was in a comedy and played a complete asshole that as it turns out—was NOT acting.

        Anyway, the version of their split that I believed was that she was all about partying and touring, and he was sober and wanted to settle down. He told her he wanted a divorce over….email…. I think? Or text? And I even believed the excuse for that, she was never around for him to tell her in person. A LOT of people believed all that because he was very good at his spin. (To be clear, I am not PROUD of my naivety, but it’s true) He seems to be trying for the same edge this time around, by putting out a false narrative as the news breaks “The mainstream media is simply orchestrating an attack on me”. My guess is it won’t go so well this time. The stories of the women that came forward are harrowing. And my guess is many more will follow.

        I am not so sure that Katy was hiding information about SA in her “vault”. It’s possible, for sure. I thought of her comments as more meaning “I thought the divorce was my fault, and then I got info that showed me it wasn’t” And I thought maybe she heard about infidelity* and she used that info to come to terms with what really went down in her marriage, and that she doesn’t talk about it but keeps it to herself (in a vault) to remind her of that? (Maybe I am speculating too much)

        *I agree with the writer that there may have been instances of SA that were presented as consensual infidelity. But he probably was ALSO having consensual sex outside of his marriage too. So who knows which instances she was made aware of.

    • Lady D says:

      Did he say that?
      @Ameerah, great minds think alike.

  5. Lady D says:

    Now would be the time to open the safe, Katy.

  6. Steph says:

    I always had a gross, creepy feeling about him- especially when I would see him touting philosophic life advice and being lauded for his “enlightened” life path, it would make me inexplicably, deeply uncomfortable. A criminal and a very damaged person, I hope he gets put away.

    • Seraphina says:

      Same here. It was said in a previous post when the news first broke out a day or two ago. Many commentors saying the same. And for the life of me I never understood his appeal. I don’t know any of his work and I plan to keep it that way. I also got vibes that something was “off” with him in photos.

    • lucy2 says:

      Uncomfortable is a good word for it. He definitely gives off an uncomfortable vibe.

      I hope all of the victims have support around them, and find strength in each other too.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      This reminds me of something I posted on Sean Penn the other day — abusive men who hide behind their “liberal” persona (or maybe they actually *believe* their hype in their own minds).

  7. Flamingo says:

    “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.” – eh, WTF does this even mean?? I hope this is just about her thinking he was just cheating on her. Not about the 16 year old. I know it’s not illegal but it is morally reprehensible.

    • Tia Maria says:

      He also initially dated his current wife Laura (pre Katy Perry) when she was 18 and he would have been around thirty, again not illegal but creepy as hell. Her dad and sister are both famous (her dad a golfer and sister a presenter), the sister posted an Instagram story showing support but it was quickly taken down.

  8. Bad Janet says:

    I never paid that much attention to Russell Brand OR Katy Perry, so a lot of his antics (and criminal behavior) passed me by, but I remember thinking this guy had to be a complete prick solely based on passive aggressively posting Katy’s makeup free face from their bed on IG – after she made it very clear this was not welcome. He made a joke out of something that was important to her. It doesn’t matter how funny he thought he was being, how shallow he found her reasons, or how much he would like to chalk it up to just an overreaction on her part – it was completely disrespectful to do something like that, against her explicit wishes.

    It is so exhausting to constantly have to have “good enough” reasons for your partner to respect your boundaries and autonomy. Russell sucks and clearly, this is just the tip of the iceberg on how much he respects the word “no.”

    • AgathaTatiana says:

      YES! I never forgot that either. It wasn’t the happy couple funny post. He was being nasty publicly and putting it under the guise of jokes. I always thought he used her to gain popularity in America.

  9. MoxyLady007 says:

    Does this have to do with Duffy???

  10. hhmpp says:

    A lot of these men hide behind the label of “sex addict” and feel like if they admit that they can get off scott free and file everything under it. But they’re only telling half the story, and I think the majority of sex addicts do become abusive because they are addicted and the substance they are addicted to is a human…so they do anything they can to get it. James Franco is the same thing. He feels like by saying the sex addict label he can claim it is consensual.