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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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61.

hfn    

you guys really like to assume responsibility in other peoples lifes don't you? katy perry didn't want her parents feelings to be hurt by her. she just has to wait and they'll be hurt by you regardless of any effort she might make on their part. respect is not in your vocabulary is it?

942 days ago
62.

ASC    

NOW you're concerned about making your parents upset? REALLY?

942 days ago
63.

Kimmy    

R U joking worried about her parent's !! how do they feel about the way she dresses!!!

942 days ago
64.

Barbara Perkins    

Divorce is wrong??! What about the outfits, the "I kissed a girl?" video, etc. Please.....she is just embarrassed.

942 days ago
65.

Rock Singer    

I'm wondering that since the divorce was filed in California Russell is entitled to half of Katys wealth is he going to be the new Heather Mills and take her for her wealth she's had a big year and Russell has had nothing more than a few flops....LOL

942 days ago
66.

Scholar Mel    

If Perry didn't want to upset her Christian parents, then why did she marry Brand in the first place??

942 days ago
67.

kwa,me    

The Duggars are the STRICTEST Christians in the country, Just like the Calvinists in early America and 16th century Europe.

942 days ago
68.

Dave    

she shows her a** off to the world on TV and shes worried about upsetting her religious parents over a divorce. dont get me wrong Katy i love you, now that youre single you should give me call

942 days ago
69.

dandilion    

He's dark, moody.. untalented, immature and crude, she just wants to have fun and live a semi-decent life.. and thought long and hard.. do you want that delusional jerk as the father of your children?

942 days ago
70.

Melissa    

Im very sad to see them part ways. I wish people *especially celebs* would utilize counsling instead of everytime they have an agrument running to divorce court. If you do counsling and it doesnt work, fine get divorced but at least TRY! Marriage is for better or worse.Celebs need to take marriage more seriously instead of treating it like its disposable.

942 days ago
71.

Ted Turner    

TMZ writers are the greatest........********

942 days ago
72.

Melissa    

Im very sad to see them part ways. I wish people *especially celebs* would utilize counsling instead of everytime they have an agrument running to divorce court. If you do counsling and it doesnt work, fine get divorced but at least TRY! Marriage is for better or worse.Celebs need to take marriage more seriously instead of treating it like its disposable.

942 days ago
73.

Rocco    

Stay tuned, because in an hour or two, we might come back and tell you they divorced because Russell didn't brush his teeth often enough, because, We are TMZ, and that's how we roll.

Memo to young lovers: There is no shame in dating for a long time before getting married.

942 days ago
74.

been there    

very sad was routing for u two
Calgary AB

942 days ago
75.

cindy    

Russell Brand can have almost any woman he wants. Katy Perry on the other hand seems like she is boring and trying to cash in while she can. Russell seems like a fun guy. Better for him to be single unless he really falls for someone he likes. Katy Perry's are a dime a dozen.

942 days ago
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