Why did Katy Perry and Russell Brand split? 

Katy Perry’s clubbing allegedly bugged future ex-husband Russell Brand. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Katy Perry’s clubbing allegedly bugged future ex-husband Russell Brand.

Just weeks ago, Russell Brand shot down rumors that his marriage to Katy Perry was in trouble, declaring, “Perpetually, until death do us part was the pledge. I’m still alive.” Well, although the British comic continues to draw breath, he filed for divorce from his pop star wife of 14 months last week.

And though that “until death do us part” pledge was not kept, Katy evidently took it seriously enough that she let Russell pull the trigger on the divorce. TMZ reports that she didn’t want to “officially” end the marriage, since her ultra-religious parents raised her to respect the sacrament — so her hubby was the one to file the papers.

So what went wrong? The site’s sources say that what was initially a passionate opposites-attract pairing soured soon after the marriage, which was marked by constant and often public bickering. Katy’s love of going out to clubs was allegedly an issue, since sober recovered addict Russell was more of a homebody.

After a couple of months of making an effort to save the marriage, TMZ sources say, they mutually concluded “it just wasn’t there.”

A shame. We actually thought these two might make a real go of it.

Ashton attached?

Has Ashton Kutcher already moved on from estranged wife Demi Moore? Over the holidays, he provoked speculation he might have hooked up with a new gal pal, tweeting a photo of himself in Italy with his business partner and writer-director Lorene Scafaria.

The “Two and a Half Men” star captioned the shot “Roman holiday with homies.”

But “they are just friends,” Ashton’s rep maintains to People magazine. “They are working on a potential project together about an Italian soccer team.” OK, then.

Star milestones

In case you got sidetracked spending quality time with your loved ones over the holidays, here are some of the important celebrity milestones you may have missed:

Sinead O’Connor ended her marriage to Barry Herridge after just 18 days, explaining that things went sour hours after the wedding when she brought her hubby — a drug counselor — along with her to score drugs. Typical newlywed problems!

Robert DeNiro and wife Grace welcomed daughter Helen Grace via a surrogate … Rebecca Gayheart and husband Eric Dane welcomed daughter Georgia Geraldine … Kings of Leon rocker Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret model wife Lily Aldridge are expecting their first child ... and Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio and fiance Jamie Mazur are expecting their second child.

Matthew McConaughey got engaged to girlfriend Camila Alves … Wynonna Judd got engaged to beau Cactus Moser ... John Legend got engaged to model girlfriend Chrissy Teigen while vacationing in the Maldives ... and Steven Tyler got engaged to girlfriend Erin Brady while vacationing in Hawaii.

And finally, Kim Kardashian got married and divorced again. Kidding! But hey, the year is young ...

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