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OK! COVER STORY: Russell Brand to Katy Perry: Please Take Me Back!

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May 28 2012, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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Toward the end of their marriage, neighbors in their swanky New York City apartment building could hear Katy Perry shouting obscenities at her husband, British comedian Russell Brand. The fights often ended with Katy in tears, sobbing for hours, witnesses tell OK!.

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Yet despite the venomous rows and an acrimonious split, Russell is now begging for a second chance.

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Shortly before he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and confessed that he still loved Katy, Russell bombarded his estranged wife with phone calls, texts, and e-mailed pleas for a reconciliation.

Friends say Katy, who was devastated when Russell filed for divorce last December after only 14 months of marriage, was confused by his sudden change of heart — especially coing now, just months before their split is finalized on July 14.

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But with a new man in her life, "She's over Russell — and trying to move on. But Russell is turning on all the old charm," says a pal.

The 27-year-old American singer has begun a new romance with Robert Ackroyd, a guitarist for Florence + The Machine. The pair were photographed kissing and hugging affectionately at the Coachella festival in April. And some believe that that the news of Katy's new relationship might be what roused Russell's jealousy and caused him to rethink his feelings about Katy.

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Russell, 36, "gets very jealous and can be quite manipulative," notes Katy's friend. "Maybe he does genuinely want her back, but with his track record it's more likely that he simply doesn't like the idea of her seeing someone else."

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