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Katy Perry Divorce

Singer Was Concerned About

Upsetting Religious Parents

12/31/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Katy Perry
WANTED Russell Brand to file the court papers in their divorce ... because she didn't want to upset her religious parents ... sources connected to the former couple tell TMZ.

We're told ... Katy and Russell knew the relationship was on the rocks a couple of months ago -- but didn't want to give up on the marriage without making a concerted effort to work things out.

But the effort fell flat ... with both sides feeling "it just wasn't there."

We're told both Katy and Russell were on board with the divorce a few weeks ago -- but they didn't want to be in town when the papers were filed ... so he went back to England and she booked it to Hawaii.

Since Katy's parents are evangelical Christians, we're told she didn't want to be the one to "officially" end the marriage by filing the docs ... since she was raised to believe divorce is wrong.

After he filed the docs, Russell released a statement Friday insisting the two will "remain friends."

Stay tuned.

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166.

Mike    

I read online today that one of the big reasons they got divorced is because Russell wanted to have kids right now and Katy wanted to keep her music career going. Russell is 36 and she's 27. Age differences DO matter apparently.

You can't blame Katy for wanting to keep her career in high gear like it is now. It's NOT easy to accomplish what she just did with her last CD and world tour. She has to keep on cranking out the hits and stay in the public eye while she's still considered "hot".

Katy's fans might move on to other music artists if she took off a few years to have a child.

Katy should be in the studio working hard on her next CD. It's THE GOOD SONGS that made her a star, not all the sexy outfits and onstage antics, etc. Make the good music and the Katy Perry train will keep on chuggin'.

Katy could settle down and have kids at age 30 or so. That's not unusual for women these days.

945 days ago
167.

Midwest Lady    

They were probably more upset at the news of the wedding, than that of the divorce! He probably doesn't know it, but this was probably the answer to their prayers!

945 days ago
168.

Janeylaur    

Didn't hurt Britney's career having children so don't think it would matter to Katy. Maybe their marriage isn't really one given they were married in India, check with her Christian parents to see if it's legal or not.

945 days ago
169.

tgrfan42069    

ok so she worried about what her parents think about divorce..yet sings a song about kissing a girl and liking it.makes sense

945 days ago
170.

jack     

What a ridiculous story. If she cared about her parents or their religious beliefs she wouldn't be parading around dressed the way she does or singing songs about kissing girls and liking it. I think it's time TMZ found some new sources, and stopped listening to gossip!

945 days ago
171.

Mike    

It sounds like Katy and Russell both wanted to get the divorce. I guess the hotness they had for each other before they got married got cold faster than they expected.

Kind of ironic considering that Katy did that video "Hot and Cold" with the marriage scene and her lyrics complain about her boyfriend always changing his mind about commitment and so forth.

Here's the video. Gotta warn you ... this song will probably get stuck in your head for about a week if you listen to it a few times. It's a catchy tune. It's one of Katy's big hits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY3CehyfUko

Katy does good videos. They're clever and funny and kinda sexy. Katy's goofy facial expressions remind me of Lucille Ball the comedian from the 1950s.

Katy ought to think about doing some acting later on. I bet she'd be good on a comedy drama like "Friends".

945 days ago
172.

Sautxyca    

Total crock. These two will be just fine, though Perry's parents may have trouble accepting reality ...
Brand is enormously talented and dishy.

945 days ago
173.

Marie    

At 27, Katy is very immature. She doesn't want to upset her parent's religious values? Why doesn't she settle down and look within herself? Her wardrobe, lyrics and partying don't display any respect. Sounds like she needs to grow up!!

945 days ago
174.

HAHAHA    

Aaaannnnd selling this info to TMZ will keep that secret safe????

945 days ago
175.

Melissa    

Since she believes divorce is so wrong maybe you should wait a bit longer before marrying when you've been together for such a short time. All of these stars who marry and divorce within days, weeks or months is disgusting.

945 days ago
176.

Andy    

She should have married an american dude, trust us american's know about them cali girls. Russell is a delta bravo from the u.k. just him talking is enough to give alotta people headaches. This guy is prolly a mo, katy is at the height o*****reat career, whats more sexy than a successful women that can take care of herself??? Nothing!

945 days ago
177.

PokerStar    

Maybe this will help her and her music mature some? I can only hope. . .

944 days ago
178.

Mike    

I hope Katy gets rid of that tattoo she has on her arm. I think her and Russell got tattoos together of the same thing. The sanskrit tattoo means "go with the flow". Looks like she's not flowing with Russell anymore, so maybe she'll have it removed.

I'm not a fan of women having tattoos, except for maybe on an ankle. That tattoo on Katy's arm is kind of distracting. It's too close to her armpit or something. I want Katy's arm to look as good as the rest of her smokin' hot body and face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=r6fgJz1qTyA

944 days ago
179.

kyra    

I believe the truth behind the divorce is that they had a blowout fight because both of them were on strike to not take a shower. Katy doesn't want to take one cause Russell might have another chance to take a picture and post it of her not wearing makeup and Russell just plain didn't want to wash his locks.

944 days ago
180.

Jayne    

divorce is too easy nowadays ... they spent two months "trying to make it work" !!!! really??? they all give up to easy these days. Best to just not get married at all.

944 days ago
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