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Russell Brand filed for divorce from wife Katy Perry on Dec. 30, 2011.
updated 12/30/2011 6:17:03 PM ET 2011-12-30T23:17:03

Katy Perry and Russell Brand have called it quits (and we have to admit, we hoped the rumors weren't true).

Following months of troubled-marriage rumors, the kooky couple, who began their romance on a chance meeting at a music awards show, is no more.

So as we bid adieu to their lovey-dovey tweets, affinity for Silly Bandz, and sometimes outrageous behavior, we pay tribute to the short-lived couple and how they came to be.

MORE: Russell Brand Spotted in London--Without His Wedding Ring

September 2009: Katy Perry and Russell Brand catch each other's attention at the MTV Music Awards in New York City. It wasn't their first encounter, (Katy performed at the 2008 VMAs and Russell hosted the show that year as well), but it's one of the first times Katy spent time with the Arthur star after her breakup from Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy. Katy and Russell began dating shortly after the music awards show.

Oct. 7, 2009: The pop superstar and Brand take their romance public for the first time, stepping out at a Fendi show during Fashion Week in Paris. The duo remain mum on whether they are officially dating, however.

Dec. 7, 2009: Brand confirms Perry is indeed his girlfriend in a candid sit-down on Britain's GMTV. The couple had been photographed together, but had yet to confirm rumors that they were an item until that day.

Dec. 31, 2009: Brand pops the question to the "Firework" singer in a tent at the foot of a mountain in India, where the couple was on vacation.

MORE: Katy Perry and Russell Brand Having "Problems," Spending "Time Apart"

Oct. 23, 2010: Perry and her comedic actor beau wed Oct. 23, 2010 in a lavish ceremony at Ranthambore Sanctuary in India. Few details are released regarding the private couple's nuptials, but there are elephants and jugglers and acrobats.

April 28, 2011: Perry takes legal action against Australian tabloid, NW, after it publishes a story alleging she cheated on Brand just months after they tied the knot.

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July 18, 2011: In the wake of rumors of a separation, Katy and Russell hit the Twitterverse to let everyone know they are still going strong. "Just cause we don't flaunt our relationship doesn't mean there's something wrong w/it," Perry tweets. "Privacy is our luxury. #tabloidsrtrash #gossipisgross." And then Brand chimes in, tweeting, "You tell em Mrs Brand! In Britain we're currently dismantling the scum media so I'm not tuned in to their brain-farting."

Nov. 22, 2011: More rumors surface, this time saying Perry is pregnant. She quickly slams the baby bump stories, saying, "I just have a fat upper-p---y area." "Sorry. I like In-N-Out Burger and Taco Bell, and if you want to make that pregnant, then that's your problem."

MORE: Russell Brand Spotted in London--Without His Wedding Ring

Nov. 30, 2011: The Katy/Russell rumor mill surges again. Several media outlets run with an unconfirmed story that Perry wanted to divorce Brand, a "rumor" that a spokesman for Brand denied.

Dec. 28, 2011: A source confirms to E! News that Katy and Russell have been having "problems" and have spent "a lot of time apart," including Christmas. Meanwhile, Katy is spotted frolicking on the beach in Kauai that weekend.

Russell Brand, Katy Perry are divorcing

Dec. 29, 2011: Brand fuels rumors of a split when he is spotted in London sans wedding ring.

Dec. 30, 2011: Brand files for divorce from Perry after a mere 14 months of marriage.

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  1. Unhappy ending

    Singer Katy Perry and her husband, actor Russell Brand, pictured at a benefit in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2011, announced that they were divorcing on Dec. 30. Rumors swirled after the couple, who married in October 2010, spent the Christmas holiday 7,000 miles apart. "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends," Brand said. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Perfume that purrs

    Singer Katy Perry burst onto the music scene in 2008 with the release of her second single, "I Kissed a Girl." Now she's a major star, and with stardom comes business ventures, including her own perfume, called "Purr." She's seen here presenting it to the public in Mexico City on Feb. 5, 2011. (Marco Ugarte / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. How I Met Your Katy Perry

    Perry made an appearance on Neil Patrick Harris' hit CBS sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother," in February 2011. (CBS) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Pumping iron

    Perry accepts the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Pop Artist awards at the 2011 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 5, 2011. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Two wheeling it

    Perry rides her bike in New York on Nov. 10, 2010. (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Two on the red carpet

    Perry poses with her husband, British comic Russell Brand, on the red carpet at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, Spain, on Nov. 7, 2010. They met in the summer of 2008 and wed on Oct. 23, 2010, in India. (Dominique Faget / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Supporting the troops

    Keri Hilson, left, Perry, and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles are seen onstage at the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" in San DIego on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bubble up

    Perry performs during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York on Nov. 10, 2010. (Peter Foley / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Down Under

    Perry performs in Melbourne, Australia, on Oct. 13, 2008. (Kristian Dowling / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Live, from New York

    Perry's planned appearance on "Sesame Street" was canceled after she wore a low-cut top. She later parodied the event by playing a busty teen in an Elmo shirt on "Saturday Night Live" on Sept. 26, 2010. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Bluer than blue

    Perry wore a bright blue wig to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on June 6, 2010. Later that year, similar wigs became a popular Halloween costume prop. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Parental supervision

    Brand and Perry attended the Los Angeles premiere of his film, "Get Him to the Greek," with Perry's parents, Mary and Keith Hudson. Perry's parents are both pastors, although her father has been described as having been a "West Coast scenester in the 1960s." (Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Rocking the red carpet

    Perry is known for her elaborate and often fanciful outfits. Here she attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 3, 2010. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Green slime

    Perry shakes off the slime next to actor Jonah Hill at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 27, 2010. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Biting into the Big Apple

    Perry arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 13, 2009. She won five VMAs in 2008, including best new artist, one in 2009, and two in 2010. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ask any mermaid

    Perry sings from a giant shell at Life Ball 2009 in Vienna, Austria, on May 16, 2009. The Life Ball is Europe's largest event for the fight against AIDS/HIV. (Hans Klaus Techt / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. She's got the look

    No one ever accused Perry of being a conventional dresser. Here, left to right, she's seen at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards and the 2010 Z100 Jingle Ball concert. (Getty Images, Reuters, Getty Ima) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Ho ho ho?

    Wearing a Santa-themed short dress, Perry performs during Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 12, 2008. (Scott Gries / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Kiss on my lips

    Perry got dressed up as a football player and straddled a giant tube of lipstick at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 2008. (Getty Images / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Hail to the chief

    Perry wore a canary-yellow sequined dress featuring a picture of then-newly elected President Barack Obama at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 2008. (Mike Marsland / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Her gym class hero

    Before marrying Brand, Perry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. They broke up in 2008 after traveling together on the Warped Tour. McCoy is reportedly the subject of Perry's song "Circle The Drain," which includes the line "you could've been the greatest, but you'd rather get wasted." (Francois Durand / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. With the next generation

    Perry poses with young singers Taylor Swift, left, and Miley Cyrus at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 2008. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A fashion natural

    Perry performed a selection of songs at the Dolce & Gabbana headquarters in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 22, 2008. She is wearing a nautical dress from the Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer collection for 2009. (Venturelli / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. I'm blogging this

    Perry has long been friendly with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. They attended her record release party for "One of the Boys" in Los Angeles on June 17, 2008. (Jesse Grant / Getty Images for EMI Music) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Controversial debut

    Perry's first major label release was the single "Ur So Gay," later placed on her major label album, "One of the Boys." The song has been called homophobic, though Perry told TheNewGay.net that she didn't mean a negative connotation. "It's not 'you're so gay' like 'you're so lame,' but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay," she told the site. "I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever." (Capitol) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Pretty in pink

    Perry posted this Glamour Shot from her younger days to TwitPic in August 2010, saying "Grandma brought this one outta the closet today." (@katyperry via twitpic) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. School days

    Perry was known as Katheryn Hudson when she attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., just west of Santa Barbara. She left school after her freshman year to pursue a career in music, but did earn her GED. She changed her last name to Perry, her mother's maiden name, because "Katy Hudson" was too similar to actress Kate Hudson. (Seth Poppel / Yearbook Library) Back to slideshow navigation
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