Katy Perry & Russell Brand Breakup Rumors Are Only Good for Tabloids

With only a couple days left before the new year, Katy Perry and Russell Brand may be hurrying to squeeze in the last big celebrity breakup of 2011. That is, if you believe the current rumors swirling around the famous couple, which include tantalizing reports that they spent Christmas apart and have been spotted without their wedding rings.

Of course, they could have simply been apart for work reasons or planned separate vacations or any number of perfectly reasonable explanations, but it's far more exciting to speculate on what exactly went wrong between the two lovebirds. Was one of them cheating? Did they have a huge fight? Have they been secretly separated for months and this is the first official report that will precede their eventual divorce announcement?

Whatever's going on, this is surely the kind of negative public attention that makes longtime celebrity relationships such a rarity.


Now, I'm not saying that showing up in the tabloids is the only reason celebrity marriages typically crumble after a short period of time. I can only imagine that being hugely famous puts all kinds of strain on a relationship—from the constant temptations to the often-disparate career trajectories to the time spent apart due to work schedules, I'm frankly surprised when any Hollywood marriage manages to make it longer than a year.

Still, it's got to be enormously difficult to deal with the media analyzing every aspect of your relationship, and trumpeting every rumor in 85-point type. Whether or not Perry and Brand really are having problems right now, it can't help to have the world read that Perry spent Christmas frolicking in Hawaii without her wedding ring while Brand cozied up to some bikini-clad chick in Cornwall. Whatever their reasons were for separating over the holidays, it has to be nearly impossible to ignore the cacophony of reports that their marriage is on the verge of self-destruction.

It's kind of a never-ending loop for some celebrity couples, where the tabloids constantly dish out reports about their relationship because the public is so eager to read that they're having problems (Brangelina, anyone? Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux? Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, before they finally did implode?) I'm not sure what it is that makes us so obsessed with other people's marriages, but reporting on a supposed split is a surefire magazine cover trick that's worked for years.

It seems like the sort of attention that would be maddening to live with as a married couple, but I suppose most A-listers have learned how to deal with it over the years. It sounds like Perry and Brand have a pretty good attitude about the rumors, because Brand recently told Ellen DeGeneres he didn't take the breakup speculations seriously:

What?! She should have told me! (…) I’ve treated the whole internet now as a wicked little liar. I am really happily married. Being famous is like a little bit of you is taken away and goes off and lives on its own and does what it wants. I wish it would do more interesting things. I don't know what is doing, but I'm married to Katy. Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge. I'm still alive.

Right on. I hope for their sake this whole thing is a bunch of ridiculous tabloid B.S., and that they're hanging out somewhere having a good laugh at all the frenzied articles.

What do you think about this latest celebrity breakup rumor?

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