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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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106.

Gabe    

That is because unlike women, men aren't out to screw over their wives in divorce

885 days ago
107.

Cheryl     

Smart man. In the long run, if he had taken the 20 mil, I'm sure it would have ended up costing him 20 mil in damages to his image and paying for the damage control.

885 days ago
108.

Jennifer     

That's a real man right there! To not want to take her money that's something u just don't c n a divorce! Bc most people will do want they can to take as much as they can specially when it comes to money.Russle Brand u r one of a kind!!!

885 days ago
109.

brad    

I hope that Zooey Deschanel knows what she's getting into if she decides to date Russell. He's on the prowl trying to seduce her according the tabloids.

http://www.dose.ca/Russell+Brand+After+Katy+Perry+Money+After+Celebrity+Twin+Zooey+Deschanel/6121084/story.html

I kind of like Zooey now after I saw 4 or 5 episodes of her show. Her character on "New Girl" looks and acts a bit like Katy. They're both into that cute little girl stuff like Katy was in her California Gurls video and on her world tour. I bet Katy could be a guest star on "New Girl" and play Zooey's sister. That might be funny and interesting to watch. Who knows, maybe Katy could be a guest star on several episodes.

885 days ago
110.

johnny    

The first good news in a long time! No huge lawyer fees!

885 days ago
111.

Beach    

LOL, if the shoe was on the other foot, this would not happen! She would want every penny!! Women take note!

885 days ago
112.

Cam    

Katy Perry made 44 million last year, and she's newly single? Sounds like a good time to catch her on the rebound. TMZ, do you got her number?

885 days ago
113.

Phillip    

Well that sums up the difference between man and woman pretty well I'd say.

885 days ago
114.

buzz kill    

Sure, thats what he says publicly. He thinks this makes him look a nice guy, knowing the judge will most likely what he is entitled to, half.

885 days ago
115.

BB in CA    

the difference between men and biotches

885 days ago
116.

Just me    

I don't know how she even made a dollar last year. She can't sing. I was listening to the radio the other day, one of her songs came on, she can't sing, all she does is scream. And that song was with all the fancy bells and whistles they use to record songs. I can't even imagine how horrible she is at one of her concerts, unless she is lip syching, even that would be bad.

885 days ago
117.

Dstar    

You hear that Pilar Sanders?

885 days ago
118.

Sincerity    

This is certainly a "refreshing" change of pace for celebrity divorces and breakups. These two realized they couldn't make it as a married couple and decided not to "lash out" at each other with public attacks and "punitive" financial demands. Russell Brand has earned my respect and a "loyal" fan. He obviously doesn't need Katy's money and he's not allowing "GREED" to get the best of him even though he's "legally" entitled to half her earnings. They'll probably remain friends for "LIFE"!!!

885 days ago
119.

Jess    

Russell Brand is a good man. Katy Perry will regret losing him. He has just become my new fantasy man !!

885 days ago
120.

cat    

after watching his recent ellen interview, i thought he was one cool dude, but now i love him! he's one cool GENTLEMAN!!!

885 days ago
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