Comedian Russell Brand has filed for divorce from his pop singer wife Katy Perry after just 14 months of marriage.
Though the couple had earlier denied rumours of problems in their relationship, Brand cited “irreconcilable differences” in papers filed at a Los Angeles court on Friday.
“Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying in a statement.
While there was no immediate reaction from Perry but celebrity website TMZ reported that she was shocked by the news.
The pair had wed in a lavish ceremony in India in October 2010 but were almost immediately beset by claims that the marriage was struggling.
The couple celebrated Christmas 7,000 miles apart as while he visited family in Cornwall, she spent the holiday with friends in Hawaii.