Katy Perry screamed and ran out of a studio after seeing Russell Brand lookalike
Katy Perry once screamed and ran out of a studio after she saw a lookalike of Russell Brand.
The 37-year-old singer was married to comedian Russell, 47, for a year from 2010 to 2011, and BBC Radio DJ Scott Mills revealed he thought it would be funny to surprise Katy with a lookalike of her then-husband during an interview but he didn’t know they were having marriage problems.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: “I thought it would be funny to hire a Russell lookalike. I found a bloke who, when he turned up, really looked like Russell and could do the voice. So we sent fake Russell into the studio – and Katy absolutely freaked out and ran.
“We didn’t know they were having relationship troubles so it was a bit misjudged. But I remember hearing her saying, ‘I’m not going back out there’, multiple times.
“I pleaded with her to come back. She’s wicked and did, but she said, ‘You need to play my records for the rest of your life on the radio to make up for it’. It was my most awkward moment on Radio 1.”
Katy and Russell tied the knot in a lavish wedding in India in October 2010 but Russell filed for divorce just one year later.
Russell previously said: “I really tried in that relationship. I have nothing but positive feelings for her.”
However, Katy revealed that Russell told her via text that he was filing for divorce.
She said: “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me Dec 31, 2011.”
Explaining the problems in their marriage, she said: “[He was] hysterical in some ways. Until he started making jokes about me and he didn’t know I was in the audience, because I had come to surprise him at one of his shows. So. Hysterical to a point.
“I mean, I have to claim my own responsibility in things. I do admit that I was on the road a lot. Although I invited him time and time again, and I tried to come home as much as I possibly could. You saw that in the movie [Katy’s documentary] Katy Perry: Part of Me.
“That wasn’t edited to leave footage out – there wasn’t any footage of him.
“At first when I met him, he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness. He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting.
“I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day. I let go and I was like: ‘This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me’. So I have moved on from that.”