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Russell Brand to Katy Perry:

I Don't Want Your Money

2/8/2012 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Russell Brand
is entitled to approximately $20 million of Katy Perry's fortune ... but TMZ has learned he will not take a single penny of it.

Russell's lawyer filed final divorce papers Tuesday ... although the judge will make the divorce official on June 30, because there's a 6 month waiting period.

Informed sources tell TMZ ... Russell and Katy did NOT have a prenup. As a result, everything they earned during their 14-month marriage is community property -- which means they're each entitled to 50% of the pot.

Katy made $44 million between May, 2010 and May, 2011 -- according to Forbes. The couple married in October, 2010, so Russell could have scored a fortune if he exercised his community property rights. 

But here's the deal. As one source put it, "This divorce is as amicable as it gets, and Russell was a mensch (Yiddish for a good person)." He doesn't want Katy's money. He's happy to walk away with the money he earned -- which is far less than what Katy raked in.

So we gotta ask ...

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61.

IceGypsy    

It's really refreshing to see them take such a mature attitude. Sometimes people just aren't right for each other. Good that they figured it out before there were kids involved. I wish them both the best

991 days ago
62.

brad    

Sonja,

You think Katy is a fake loser? LMAO. Katy is a GLOBAL pop star with millions of fans all over the world. I think she's one of the most talented, good looking women I've seen in the music business in a long time. Top female musicians don't get much hotter than Katy. She has a good personality, she's a cool chick and she's plenty smart if you watch some of her interviews on YouTube. She's a "real deal" songwriter/musician. I hope she wins a few Grammy awards this Sunday. She totally deserves to get at least ONE.

She's been working hard to make it in the music business since she was 15 years old when her first "Katy Hudson" (real name) gospel album came out. She even looked good at that age. Katy grew up in a religious family kind of like Whitney Houston did. I'm just glad her strict evangelical parents allowed her to pursue her dream in the music business.

I bet her parents are still just shocked at how big of a star she is now. Katy has a huge mansion near the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and all the usual pop star stuff that they like. I bet Katy spends a fortune just on her clothes. I bet she has about 500+ outfits ... a lot of them custom made and expensive. She must have an enormous closet at her house.

991 days ago
63.

Cam    

I think he probably knew how bad it would make him look to scoop 20 mil off Katy. Carreer killer. Kris Hump on the other hand...he should take whatever he can get...KK is a horrible bitch.

991 days ago
64.

Toilethead    

What a dope. He should take her for every penny he can. She'd do it to him.

991 days ago
65.

OOIIOOOI    

Men:1
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Women:-936,189,026

991 days ago
66.

pat    

@meow

My mum and dad both worked while bringing us up. We exercised together for the better part of twenty years. And they (my parents) both look really good and in shape for their age.

If you had followed in their footsteps instead of sitting on your arse for twenty years, you might have a better looking body. You know, it's not too late to start.

991 days ago
67.

bluzzone    

I don't really like Russel Brand ,but what he did was a cool thing.Usually, people go the gold in divorce

991 days ago
68.

bluzzone    

I don't like Russel Brand ,but this was a rare thing he did. Very admirable.

991 days ago
69.

karlew    

Blah, blah, blah...a woman never would have done this. Yeah right!! Listen up all you neanderthals, women are working and making their own money these days, we don't need your pocket change. In fact in this new world order a lot of us make more than the men anyway, I know I do. That said it is great Brand doesn't want Perry's money. If she had made less than him she shouldn't be taking a dime from him either. They both make enough money to live very well independently of the other.

991 days ago
70.

Lets Hope the Mayans Are Right    

Good dude. Exact opposite of the typical Hollywood gold-digging whores that usually happen to be women.

991 days ago
71.

JM    

Something is not right in this world if Katy Perry is earning $44M a year.

991 days ago
72.

michelle    

THIS is how AMICABLE DIVORCES are done HOLLYWOOD! Russell, you could teach tinsel town a thing or two.

991 days ago
73.

Jaki54321    

First off if he doesn't take the money, and he brakes it off amicably, that gives him the right to talk about their failed marriage at any time (assuming of course that they don't have a confidentiality agreement, and being that they didn't have a prenup, it is likely they didn't have a confidentiality agreement either). He is a comedian, with comedy shows, eventually everything in their marriage will come up if they don't have that confidentiality agreement.

991 days ago
74.

brad    

JM,

What's really surprising is when you hear that these rap stars make $44+ million a year. I like SOME rap music like Eminem and Run DMC but a lot of the songs these rap stars make just sounds amateurish ... like they made the songs on drugs over a weekend or something.

You wonder if any of those rap stars are any good at playing instruments like piano or guitar like Michael Jackson or Prince.

Katy plays guitar and probably a few other instruments. Katy's singing voice may not be able to ****ter wine glasses like an opera singer but she's still pretty darned good. She'll probably get even better on her next album.

Katy has a unique singing style that really connects with the listeners ... such as on her song "Thinking of You".

It just "works" like they say in the movie business. That's more important than being able to belt out long notes like Judy Garland in the "Wizard of Oz" or whatever. Katy knows how to write songs too. That's all important of course.

I hear she spent a good bit of time in Nashville learning how to write songs in her early years. That's a great place to learn to create music, lyrics, etc.

Katy even wrote a country song for another singer that's not too bad called "Bullet". Katy sings "Bullet" on this video. I bet it might be a hit with country music fans if they knew she was singing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU6b8ITC1mQ

991 days ago
75.

EarthAngel    

lOVIN IT!! He should be the poster child for Recovery...Lol

991 days ago
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