The one that got away

Erin Wronka, Editor-in-Chief

           Known for singing what’s on her mind and what emotions lead her life, pop artist Katy Perry now has even more to express. In the past few weeks, the chart-topping artist has made headlines regarding the sudden split of her marriage. Perry’s husband of a little over a year, Russell Brand, filed for divorce right around the start of the new year. While rumors have always flown of a breakup, the duo has finally confirmed their official separation. Most likely, the ex-couple has had a rough start to 2012 as their names are constantly in the news right now.

                Perry and Brand’s whirlwind romance surprised fans a few years back because of the eclectic pair they make. While Perry made her claim to fame by singing, Brand is known for his acting. He is also several years older than the singer, so many fans wondered what Perry saw in the actor. The couple further fueled the shock by exchanging vows in India in October 2010. No press was allowed at the low key event so there’s no solid evidence of the wedding to reflect on after the couple’s divorce filing.

                On December 30, 2011, Russell Brand announced he was the one filing for divorce. He released a statement saying, “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.” This announcement followed the headlines that the pair had clearly spent the holidays apart.

                Rumor has it that the breakup is completely mutual and it was just Brand who arranged the divorce papers. People are speculating that because Perry’s parents have extreme Christian views and frown upon divorce, it was necessary for Brand to file. Whatever the reason, fans are wondering what went so wrong that he is filing against Perry.

                Perry has yet to release much regarding the split, but she did take to Twitter to express some of what’s on her mind.

                “Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me. Not a blog, magazine, ‘close sources’ or my family,” she tweeted after hearing of all the speculation surrounding the split. Perry also announced via Twitter she wouldn’t be attending the People’s Choice Awards, though originally scheduled to.

                The divorce announcement follows one of Katy Perry’s most successful years as an artist. The singer has six hit singles from her album Teenage Dream and is up for People’s Choice Awards as well as Grammys. Some are convinced Brand couldn’t handle the success of his wife while his career has kind of been on hold after his few box office flops. Another possible reason for the split is the fact that Perry has been touring to world to promote her CD while Brand has been at different locations filming. Any couple struggles in long distance circumstances.

                Whatever the reason for the breakup between one of Hollywood’s favorite couples, fans are sure to expect new material inspired by it from Perry in the coming months. What’s also ironic is how Perry’s current single “The One That Got Away” tells of the singer’s regret in letting a relationship go bad, though it was written way before Brand. The parallel between this song and what’s happening to her now may have been foreshadowing to the split.