A timeline of Russell Brand and Katy Perry’s relationship

Katy Perry met Russell Brand in 2009 while filming “Get Him to the Greek.”


Russell Brand and Katy Perry at the “Get Him To The Greek” Los Angeles Premiere at The Greek Theatre on May 25, 2010.

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Perry first met Brand back in 2009 when he was filming the comedy, “Get Him to the Greek.”

In the movie, the comedian reprises his role as Aldous Snow, the chaotic rock star character from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” He starred opposite Jonah Hill, who plays a record label employee tasked with escorting him to Los Angeles. 

The film features a number of cameos from other actors and musicians, including Perry, who had a scene with Brand that was ultimately cut.

The scene saw Perry making out with Brand’s character, and back in 2010 she told Glamour magazine (via MTV) that she was excited to shoot the cameo.

She said:  “When he was filming ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ I did a cameo with him. My scene called for me to make out with him. And on the way down the stairs after the scene, I was hopping like a bunny. I hop like a bunny when I’m happy. I get a bit childlike. He gives me the Christmas Eve jitters.”

Brand and Perry later started dating in September 2009 after meeting again at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Russell Brand and Katy Perry got engaged after four months of dating and got married in October 2010.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand at the 3rd Annual Art Of Elysium 'Heaven' Gala Event on January 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.


Katy Perry and Russell Brand at the 3rd Annual Art Of Elysium ‘Heaven’ Gala Event on January 16, 2010, in Los Angeles, California.

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News that Brand and Perry had got engaged surfaced in early January 2010, with Us Weekly reporting that the Brit had proposed to the singer while they were on holiday in India. Brand later confirmed the news to CNN.

The pair waited until October 2010 to get married, returning to India for a private ceremony with only family and friends present. 

The couple tied the knot in Rajasthan in the Ranthambore National Park’s tiger sanctuary on October 23, 2010.

Katy Perry said that Russell Brand broke up with her over text in December 2011.


Katy Perry arrives at the premiere of “Katy Perry: Part Of Me” held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on June 26, 2012.

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14 months after their wedding, Brand decided to call off their marriage and filed for divorce on December 30, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences.

“Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends,” he said in a statement at the time, per People.

Perry later said that Brand broke up with her in a text message.

The moments after the singer received the message were caught on camera for her 2012 movie, “Part of Me,” just as she was about to perform on stage during her tour.

Perry has never revealed what the text said, but she told Vogue in 2013: “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”

Brand discussed his reasons for breaking up with Perry when he appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” in July 2012 (via MTV), explaining that he wanted to settle down and start a family, but Perry’s career got in the way.

“She’s young, successful, and dedicated,” he said. “You can’t fully understand it until you do it. I was really into the idea of marriage and having children.”

“I don’t want anything to hurt her. She’s younger than me, she’s a young woman and she’s beautiful and she’s sensitive and I care about her deeply … I don’t want to be too glib. She’ll read it and she’ll be sad and I don’t want that,” Brand added.

Their divorce was finalized in July 2012, per E! News.

In 2013, Katy Perry said she knew “the real truth” about Russell Brand but couldn’t speak about it.

Katy Perry attends the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Opening Gala on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.


Katy Perry attends the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures: Opening Gala on September 25, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.

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A year after their divorce was finalized, Perry opened up about the split in an interview with Vogue and said that Brand called off their relationship because he didn’t like her being in charge at times. 

“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,'” she said. “He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting.”

However, Perry went on to add that she had learned something about Brand that she couldn’t talk about in the interview. 

“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,” Perry 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.”

This post was originally published on Insider

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