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    >>> we are learning more about what may have led to the end of katy perry and russell brand 's marriage after 14 months. stephanie gosk is in london with the details.

    >> good morning, peter. 2011 was a blowout year for katy perry 's career. the first female singer to have five singles from the same album, launched her " california dreams " tour but professional success could not keep her personal life together and by the end of the year it crumbled. it was a whirlwind romance. they met at the mtv awards in 2009 , engaged the same year, married the next. in 2011 it ended as quickly as it had begun. russell brand filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences . a year-end surprise for fans that believed in the couple's fairytale.

    >> these were two people who were very in love, very committed, for the time that they were together, and it unraveled very quickly.

    >> reporter: rumors had been twirling for months that the marriage was off to a rocky start, despite brand's efforts to keep their lives private.

    >> the romantic element i keep private, between me and my lovely wife.

    >> reporter: in early november ellen degeneres asked them if they had split up.

    >> what! she should have told me.

    >> they never are in the same place at the same time.

    >> reporter: katy perry kicked off her " california dreams " tour. brand who starred in the remake of "arthur" had his own demanding shoot schedule. when they had a chance to take a break, they spent the holiday thousands of mild apart, brand back home in england with friends. perry took time off in hawaii, neither one was wearing their wedding ring . hollywood watchers spent the holidays speculating on what finally broke them apart.

    >> it's the age-old problem in the world of celebrity, one is more successful than the other. russell did ride on katy's coattails when he hit hollywood .

    >> reporter: the two came from vastly different backgrounds, perry raised in california by strict evangelical christians , brand had a troubled childhood, raised in working class england by single parents . as a young adult he struggled with drugs, alcohol and sex but whatever the irreconcilable differences may have been the pair that thrilled their fans with a lightning fast fairytale romance have now become just the latest hollywood casualty. the celebrity gossip website tmz reports that brand filed the divorce papers because perry didn't want to overly upset her conservative parents. regardless, it must still be a very difficult time for everyone involved. peter?

    >> steph, thank you very much. hard to imagine that relationship working, where they're like never together.

    >> hard to start a marriage like that.

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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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