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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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46.

Kari    

Even though they are public people, divorce is a private matter. It's not easy for anyone. I just wish them both well, and I hope they are given privacy. What any of us think doesn't matter.

966 days ago
47.

shawn45    

I'm sorry but Katy Perry's parents are hungry for Katy's money. They didn't support 'I Kissed A Girl' and refused to help her until she started making money. You can even check out their website where they ask for donations and sell book. He mother is rumored to be writing a book about thier daughter. And her parents are going to be mad about the divorce because stupid Katy has NO prenup meaning Russell will be getting some of their daughters/their money.

966 days ago
48.

Nicoleasm    

LOL this is so funny....where was her evangelical Christian discretion when she was kissing girls and liking it?

966 days ago
49.

Al Sharpton    

May be she kissed a girl and she likes it!

966 days ago
50.

Evidance Chikuhuhu    

GO Katy go,tt ****** never deserved you.U got into tht for the wrong reasons bt Queen believ me,u movin out for the rite reasons!!!!!

966 days ago
51.

John E. Litton    

Concerned about religious parents ... how about the lyrics of your songs ...?

Last Friday Night ... Stranger in my bed; Menage a Trois; ...

Yeah, I don't think so ...

966 days ago
52.

tenley    

Yeah because Katy Perry is the first person you think of when you think of daughters living up to evangelical Christian values.

966 days ago
53.

Arma Diller    

Hellywood shock value.

Who cares.

Next story.

966 days ago
54.

Wocka    

He's a creep.

966 days ago
55.

hut    

hahahhah

966 days ago
56.

Sandy    

TMZ, your sources are not credible. Are they not the same ones that said Katy and Russell had no plans to divorce? Yes? Anyway, Russell Brand is a former drug and sex addict. If Katy didn't want to "upset her Evegelical Christian parents," she wouldn't have married someone with a past like Russells to begin with. So I call BS on her wanting Russell to file the papers. That is just being said to clean it up for her and to save face. The fact that Russell filed first makes her look very bad. It makes it look as if he did the dumping and no one, I don't care who they are or what the cir****tances are, wants to be the dumpee. She is probably embarrassed and mad because Russell beat her to the punch. My gut tells me she was blindsided by this. The same way Russell blindsided her when he posted her makeup-less pictures on twitter.

966 days ago
57.

Danny    

Russel is very sweet, that was so selfless of him, it was a nice gesture, until you discovered the "truth", some things are better left to the imagination, that was uncalled for.

966 days ago
58.

ptay    

real classy. make your husband take the fall and look like the bad guy because you're a crappy christian. she is a mess. poor russell. what a stand up guy for doing what he did. she should be ashamed.

966 days ago
59.

Joan K    

I never liked Brand from the first time I heard him speak, he is a pervert and as fas as Perry she was an idiot to marry this creep. They didn't make a "CUTE" couple, far from it.

966 days ago
60.

ASC    

Bubbles The Chimp said "Oh brother.... Evangelical Christians are some of the most insane people. What a load of bull she is spewing."
Who told you she was a Christian? That would be like saying Barack Obama is a Christian!

966 days ago
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