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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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31.

flower    

I wonder what the parents thought when she married him? DUH

997 days ago
32.

static    

She gave her parents and their beliefs the middle finger a long time ago so I don't buy it.

997 days ago
33.

writenow    

What? Two couples splitting in the best way possible, each trying to be sensible and caring of the other person? Are you sure? After all, this is America. After all, Murder is on the rise for American women who even THINK about divorce. How could this happen in America? What a nice change.

997 days ago
34.

Sophie    

If she was so concerned about offending her religious parents, why wasn't she concerned when she was sleeping with him before they got married? Ridiculous. One of those pick-a-sin types.

997 days ago
35.

gendarpres    

Russell, Sounds like the two of you are working this thing out in the best possible way. I don't know Katy's work, but I've always admired you; your style, the things you mention that give clues as to your beliefs and inclinations. Besides that you remind me strongle of a family member, Carlos Falchi, the handbag designer, a super personality. I with Katy and you the best for the future.

997 days ago
36.

TJ    

People who are full of themselves,do not have room for anyone else.

997 days ago
37.

slides    

cheap excuses!We wish them well respectively.We are also smart to know things as they are..

997 days ago
38.

pattycake    

She really is an idiot. She didn't mind upsetting her parents with marrying him in the first place and basically living a lifestyle that goes against how her parents raised her, but she draws the line with filing for divorce because she doesn't want to upset her parents? Again, what an idiot.

997 days ago
39.

tlcmk    

Raise your hand if you did not see this coming when they announced their engagement.

997 days ago
40.

jeesy    

Ugh. I usually hate celeb couples, but these guys seemed like a good match. They both seem like fun, oddball people. oh well i guess no Hollywood marriage is destined to workout.

997 days ago
41.

freaksloan    

If she was so concerned about her parents, why would she marry the douche bag in the first place.

997 days ago
42.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Oh brother.... Evangelical Christians are some of the most insane people. What a load of bull she is spewing.

997 days ago
43.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Ah,

Divorce is bad. Selling out your soul and your body to the entertainment industry, a-ok.

997 days ago
44.

Eric    

I just don't get the religious. Who gives a crap who files the papers? Do you actually think that matters to God? Don't insult God's intelligence. If he actually exists, he created the universe and knows who's at fault, regardless of who filed some paperwork. Duh.

997 days ago
45.

ray    

SHOW OF HANds does ANYONE believe this spin? he;s trying to stay sober, she's a hard drinking party girl. doesn't work. i've seen the same story play out many many times in the past 30 years.

997 days ago
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