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Katy Perry Hasn’t Talked To Russell Brand Since He Texted Asking For A Divorce

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It was always pretty obvious that Katy Perry‘s split from Russell Brand wasn’t all that friendly, and it was also obvious that Russell asked for a divorce in a pretty messed up way: via a text message. Katy sang about it in her song ‘Ghost’ on the Prism album and has mentioned it once or twice in interviews before. And while a couple of years have passed out and both have moved on to new relationships, Katy and Russell are still pretty frosty.

From The Daily Telegraph:

CK: Have you spoken to Brand at all since your divorce?

KP: He hasn’t spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don’t want to talk about him — my songs will say what I need to say.

CK: You seem to have rebounded very strongly from heartbreak over the last several years. Are you stronger than ever?

KP: I’m one of those people that likes to be fearless. We bungee-jumped in New Zealand on one tour. We go to water-parks and do things like that because I have a little fearless invincibility streak in me. I don’t like to live in fear because that traps you and your voices. Fear is a control tactic in the world that is negative and depressing and I don’t want to be associated with it.

I mean, I don’t feel like that’s particularly rare. How many couples who divorce after a short time and that have no children together actually go on to become buddies? This relationship is old news, so I’m sure Katy would appreciate if people would stop asking her about it just as much as we’d prefer not to read about it.

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Was Katy Perry just not noble enough for Russell Brand?

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I don’t think anyone was particularly surprised when Katy Perry and Russell Brand‘s whirlwind relationship/marriage went down the tubes. They seemed in some ways like kindred spirits, but in many others like an odd couple whose differences would never really be reconciled. Up until now, however, it seemed unclear what was REALLY behind the split. Was it cocaine? Was it sex addiction? It seems like it was neither, in fact. Instead, according to a new documentary about Brand’s life, it seems like Katy just wasn’t quite noble enough for him.

The documentary, entitled BRAND: A Second Coming, was filmed over 7 years and is getting its first screening at SXSW. Since it took place over so many years, of course Katy is involved in parts and at one point, the pair sit down together for a joint interview, which The Daily Beast wrote up as follows:

In a scene in BRAND, he visits protesters sans Perry while on break from filming his studio romantic comedy Arthur. Then the comedian, who at one point tried to direct the documentary himself, sits with his wife in their home for an interview that goes south.

Struggling to answer Brand’s query about the existential pickle of money and fame, Perry demurs. “I think you’re a genius and you make me look good, and that’s why I picked you,” she chirps. (If any single sound bite goes viral from this film, it might well be Perry declaring, “I control the pussy” to the camera in a baby voice as she abruptly ends the interview.)

Following their split, a deflated Brand ponders why the marriage failed. “We were going in different directions,” he sighs. “Possibly opposite directions.”

Yikes. I mean, sure – if Russell was in a phase where he wanted to be more philanthropic and shun the trappings of fame, obviously that’s going to conflict with Katy’s career, which was on the rise x 500 during their relationship. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with either, but it certainly wasn’t going to mix. The world may never know!

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Russell Brand wants you to stop bullying Bruce Jenner

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In case you forgot, Russell Brand has his own daily YouTube show called The Trews, where he gives his views on what’s happening in, well, the news. A lot of his commentary in this series tends to be about what’s big in pop culture, and one of his recent shows is about the whole Bruce Jenner transgender debacle. His views? Everyone needs to shut the hell up and treat the man like a human being.

“Transphobia seems to be the most recent and encouraged form of prejudice, now that racism and homophobia are not tolerated. It’s such a celebration of the worst aspects of human values. What this does is it sanctions people being judgmental and cruel toward transgender folks.”

Can’t argue with that. Say what you want about Russell Brand, but he’s whip smart and really eloquent and generally gets shit like this spot on. Here’s the full episode, if you’re interested in watching:

Yeah, so how about we stop worrying about what makes the most ludicrous headline to the point that we’re literally Photoshopping makeup on a man and trying to sell it as real/humiliate him for it and actually start treating people with a modicum of respect? Sounds like a grand idea…

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Russell Brand has thoughts on Renee Zellweger’s new face

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Renee Zellweger disappeared for a couple years and when she came back, she had a brand new face. Crazy, right? She says it’s just because she’s living a healthier lifestyle now, and while most people with a working brain know that’s total bullshit, Russell Brand doesn’t care either way – he thinks it’s all down to feminism and everyone needs to leave her alone.

Say what you will about Russell’s approach, but I love him, and he makes a valid point. Duh, Renee Zellweger is in the public eye and under a ridiculous amount of pressure to stay youthful and perfect and blah blah blah (as you remember, my issue was more with the lying about it than the doing it, but that’s neither here nor there) – and pointing out all the INSANE amount of coverage this has received really brings it home just how nuts we are as a society, myself included.

However, side note: do you think Russell is back on the drugs? I know he’s generally pretty excitable, but he seems slightly manic in this video…

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Donald Trump Majorly Disses Russell Brand

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Donald Trump apparently has it in for Russell Brand — who knew? He’s impossible to predict. He loves Miley Cyrus but hates Beyoncé. And now, he’s turning his hate towards Russell Brand, and is doing it on Twitter (of course). Trump loves his Twitter. The looney mogul tweeted:

Which is pretty amazing, considering Russell Brand wasn’t even on Jimmy Fallon‘s show. He was on Letterman. Trump goes on:  

Then, he decides to personally involve Katy Perry

He still wasn’t done, adding,

I mean, what the hell? What did Russell Brand ever do to Donald Trump? Why is he taking this so personally? Don’t worry — Russell Brand fired back with,

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Oh man. Well, I’m definitely on Team Russell with this one. Who the hell does Donald Trump thinks he is to bust in like that and majorly diss someone for no real reason? It’s pretty classless. I wish Russell came up with better zingers — I like the “are you drunk” bit, but going after his hair seems too easy. He could have done better.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Katy Perry appear to be staying out of this. I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t get involved either!

Whose side are you on in this?

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Russell Brand was “too musky” for Courtney Love

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When you don’t even meet Courtney Love‘s standards, you know you’re in trouble, man. Such was the case for Russell Brand, who apparently tried to get with the rocker years back, only to be turned down because he was “too musky” for her liking. LOL, what?

From US Weekly:

“My favorite Russell Brand line was when we first were friends and he tried to hit on me and nothing ever happened,” the 49-year-old recalled on the British talk show.

The former Hole frontwoman continued: “He goes, ‘I’ve had a lot of grand conversations, darling, but none of them have ever ended in an orgasm. Can we go in your room?’”

Although crude, it wasn’t the pick up line that turned Love away. “He’s got some good lines,” Love said, [But] I said to Russell, ‘You’re too musky for me, man.’”

Kurt Cobain’s widow added: “He is a little musky. We did yoga together and the musk was there.”

I wonder if this was during Courtney’s super glam phase? Pretty hilarious either way. Were this about anyone other than Russell Brand, I’d probably put it down to Courtney being crazy, but this actually rings true to me!

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Russell Brand Thinks Drug Laws Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Oh, Russell Brand. He’s got a lot of political ideals, many of which I either vaguely or heartily agree on, but sometimes he says stuff that just… eh, I dunno. It rubs me (and MANY people, I’m sure) the wrong way. His latest claim is that drug laws and the stigma against addicts caused Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death last week from a heroin overdose. In a sense, I get where he’s going. We’d have been much less shocked if someone like Miley or Justin fell victim to their wild lifestyles; it would almost have been morbidly expected. Someone like PSH, who was a widely-respected actor whose lifestyle was kept private and never sensationalized, was a more unlikely victim of this awful fate. With you so far, Russ.

Here’s a bit of what he wrote for The Guardian:

Whilst routinely described as tragic, Hoffman’s death is insufficiently sad to be left un-supplemented in the mandatory posthumous scramble for salacious garnish; we will now be subjected to mourn-ography posing as analysis. I can assure you that there is no as yet undiscovered riddle in his domestic life or sex life, the man was a drug addict and his death inevitable.

A troubling component of this sad loss is the complete absence of hedonism. Like a lot of drug addicts, probably most, who “go over”, Hoffman was alone when he died. This is an inescapably bleak circumstance. When we reflect on Bieber’s Louis Vuitton embossed, Lamborghini cortege it is easy to equate addiction with indulgence and immorality. The great actor dying alone denies us this required narrative prang.

Addiction is a mental illness around which there is a great deal of confusion, which is hugely exacerbated by the laws that criminalise drug addicts.

If drugs are illegal people who use drugs are criminals. We have set our moral compass on this erroneous premise, and we have strayed so far off course that the landscape we now inhabit provides us with no solutions and greatly increases the problem.

People are going to use drugs; no self-respecting drug addict is even remotely deterred by prohibition. What prohibition achieves is an unregulated, criminal-controlled, sprawling, global mob-economy, where drug users, their families and society at large are all exposed to the worst conceivable version of this regrettably unavoidable problem.

I do think drug laws are useless when they apply to the user rather than the cartels that make millions selling misery and death to addicts, but we can’t just go and make everything legal. How is that going to halt addiction? While addicts may not be deterred by anti-drug laws, making it readily available on every corner is only going to make it more easily accessible and that certainly isn’t a recipe for getting clean. I’m not saying I have the answer – I certainly don’t, and it’s a complicated issue. Clearly Russell Brand, who has battled with all kinds of addiction for decades, knows a bit more about it than I do, but I just can’t say I agree.

What do you guys think?

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