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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting a divorce

Katy Perry and Russell Brand. (Jason Merritt - Getty Images)
Katy Perry and Russell Brand are getting a divorce.

Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” Brand said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”

The 27-year-old pop star and the 36-year-old British comedian wed in October 2010.

Brand filed for divorce Friday citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to the divorce petition obtained by TMZ.

In early December, Brand shot down rumors that he and Perry were having marital issues on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“I’m married to Katy perpetually. ‘Until death do us part’ was the pledge. I’m still alive,” Brand joked.

Perry also poked fun at the rumors in a tweet that compared her life to a soap opera: “First I'm pregnant & then I'm divorced. What am I All My Children?!”

But it seems that the latest rumors about their marriage were true. Brand and Perry spent Christmas apart and were photographed in recent days without their wedding rings.

This post has been updated.

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