It seems that January's reputation for being divorce month is certainly true in Hollywood. Comedian Russel Brand, 36 started the year by filing for divorce from Singer Katy Perry, 27. This could make Brand $20 million richer, thanks to California law and the couple’s reported decision not to sign a prenuptial agreement prior to tying the knot on October 23, 2010. They met at the 2009 MTV music awards and their wedding came after a year long whirlwind romance. There have been rumors of trouble between them recently and Brand and Perry chose to spend the Holidays apart. Perry was in Hawaii on her own and Brand was in the UK with his family.
Divorce papers filed by Brand’s lawyers at Los Angeles Superior Court cited “irreconcilable differences.” Under California law the former couple will need to do a 50/50 split on their earnings. Perry, who is the singer behind hits such as “Last Friday Night” and “Fireworks,” is worth at least $44 million.The projected divorce payout would out-value even Brand himself, who is estimated to be worth around $15 million.
The “Arthur” star released a statement recently announcing the divorce: “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
The rumors are also coming in thick and fast that Will Smith & Jada Pinkett are headed for divorce court. This speculation has been going on for quite some time despite reassurances from the couple that their marriage is solid. Jada Pinkett was recently seen speaking with Celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has represented stars such as Britney Spears, Maria Shriver, and Kim Kardashian. There are even reports that the couple are taking steps to end their marriage.
Rumors of an impending break-up after 13 years of marriage started back in August last year. Nothing has been confirmed yet but if Jada has retained attorney Wasser she must certainly be considering filing for divorce. The couple have two kids, Jaden and Willow -- whose careers were reportedly at the root of their marital difficulties. Will Smith also has one son from a previous marriage.