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From the start of their relationship in 2009, Russell Brand was giving mixed messages about Katy Perry. After their extravagant wedding festivities in India, Russell said of his wife, “From the first date, I changed. No more women… [Katy] chose me, bottled me and cuffed me. And now this is my life….”

Some might have been skeptical of such a pronouncement, coming from a self-confessed sex addict, but not Katy. With luxury homes in London, NYC and L.A., the pair settled down as best they could, considering her concert commitments and his film roles, but were rarely in the same place at the same time long enough to make a home. 
 
Still, as recently as last November, Katy said she’d “love to have children” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
 
 
Now it looks like she didn’t consult with Russell. At the same time that Katy was gushing, Russell was taking off his wedding band; embarking on a U.S. college comedy tour, the star took off the ring to get ready for all the sorority girls he might meet. It was done in jest, but Katy might not have been laughing.
 
According to friends, Katy hadn’t been laughing for some time. Despite talk of a baby, friends tell OK! Katy felt “Russell was dragging her down. He wanted her to live her life by his rules and the fact is, she didn’t want to.” 
 
By Christmas, Russell was in England and Katy was with friends in Hawaii. Russell filed for divorce soon after — a move which seemed to please Katy’s parents, Keith and Mary Hudson, who spoke of the split as a blessing. “I’m sure Katy is trending on the Internet just to get you to church tonight,” Mary reportedly told the congregation at Church on the Rise in Westlake, Ohio. “I mean, all over the world, who knows how God is bringing them in? The most important thing is you are here.” Katy wasn't pleased by her parents' comments. "Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me. Not a blog, magazine, 'close sources' or my family,"she Tweeted

OK! VIDEO: RUSSELL BRAND TAKES HIS RING OFF FOR HIS FANS ON CAMERA 

Today, Katy is working to refocus her life and speaking for herself. “She’s planning a girls’ trip with Rihanna and some of her other girlfriends. They’ve been talking about going to Cabo San Lucas,” the pal continued. “Now that her marriage is over she’s happy to escape the whole mess.”
“I am so grateful for all the love and support I’ve had from people around the world,” Katy Tweeted. “You guys have made my heart happy again.”
 
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