Russell Brand celebrated his first 10 years of sobriety last week after years of enduring a drug, sex and alcohol addiction simultaneously.
The comedian turned actor has been arrested 12 times over the years, and has sought help to his problems in the form of transcendental meditation, a kind of stress-relieving yoga activity. During a stand-up tour of New Zealand, he wrote on Twitter: “10 years clean… Thanks for all your messages of love… Anyone can get clean, one day at a time.””
Angry ‘Oasis‘ singer Liam Gallagher has criticised his part-time friend Russell Brand for dating ‘Spice Girl‘ Geri Halliwell.
In a rant to ‘The Daily Star‘, he moaned: “Russell‘s a dick. I don’t really care about any of his relationships. All I know is anyone can do better than go out with him. I get on with Geri, she’s all right. We’ve both got small dogs so we meet on Hampstead Heath sometimes.”
‘Radio 1‘ DJ Scott Mills has let slip to ‘The Sun‘ that he accidentally made Katy Perry cry once on his show after bringing her face to face with a Russell Brand lookalike at the time of their marital struggles.
“Something was up – I couldn’t put my finger on it but she seemed on edge. Anyway, we thought it would be funny to get a Russell Brand lookalike to surprise her. Well, she ran out of the room screaming. My producer told me she was in tears in the next room, while I tried to smooth it over with viewers. I have no idea why it freaked her. For all I know they were having marriage problems. But she eventually did come back on screen. When there was a break she whispered in my ear, ‘You better play my songs forever!’ Looking back, we were pushing our luck.”
Russell Brand has revealed to ‘The Sun‘ that he partly blames himself for the death of friend Amy Winehouse, as he feels he could have helped her to conquer her addictions, in the same way that he did.
“I got clean at the age of 27, the age Amy was when she died. Her death was a paradoxical unsurprising shock. I felt like I could have done something to help – to give her the chance I had. “When she died, it was this feeling of, ‘Agh, I knew that was going to happen’. I had this flickering sense that I should have done something about that. I feel a bit guilty that there was nothing I did. I loved Amy on the basis that I thought she was really, really brilliant. I recognised that this person has got it, she has got this thing. She is not happy, she is on edge.”
Russell Brand was wrung out and hung up to dry during a radio interview yesterday with Howard Stern on ‘Sirius XM‘. He was grilled heavily about his current divorce from Katy Perry, whether he likes her new song, and how many ladies have visited his bed over the last few months.
“She’s a good person, I’ve not nothing but love for her. I was very proud of everything she did. She’s a young woman dealing with the break-up of the relationship, which is understandable. It’s a nice song. She’s younger than me. She’s a young woman and she’s beautiful and she’s sensitive and I care about her deeply, I don’t want to be too glib. She’ll read it and she’ll be sad and I don’t want that. Her parents were lovely. I don’t read newspapers no more because I think it warps your perspective on everything.”
“I loved her so much, it just seemed like the sensible thing to do when we got married … I just loved her so much. I was really, really in love with her, but it was difficult to see each other. We were together when it was right to be together, and when it wasn’t we worked it out … It was a lovely relationship … it mostly didn’t work for practical reasons … We did work it out, she’s happy, I’m happy. She’s young, successful and dedicated. The reality is you can’t fully understand it until you do it. I was really into the idea of marriage and having children.”
When he was questioned about his recent sexual activities, he used a metaphor about Willy Wonka: “If you’ve been on a diet of rice for a while and suddenly Willy Wonka asked you to take over the factory, you’d be kicking over barrels of candy and swimming in a chocolate river.”
Katy Perry has told ‘The Hollywood Reporter‘ of her struggles to hide her emotions about her divorce during her world tour, and that no one will ever know the extent of what really went on there.
“Nobody knows what really happened except the 2 people who are in it. Like how I write my songs, honesty has always worked for me. So if it ain’t broke, why fucking fix it? There were times when what was going on in my personal life was so overwhelming that I had to bend over to let those tears fall straight out of my eyes and not my false lashes just as I’m about to go up on that ramp and sing ‘Teenage Dream‘.”
When she was asked about the cost of the film and any upcoming projects, which includes a record label, she answered: “Trust me, I have a vision. My frugal business manager, God bless him, was sweating. When it does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success.”
Katy Perry has been working on her 1st movie over the last few months with ‘Paramount Pictures‘. During this time she and husband Russell Brand have decided to start divorce proceedings, and she’s now told TV host Ellen DeGeneres that her new film, ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D‘, will depict the breakdown of their marriage.
On ‘Ellen‘ yesterday, the singer said: “I thought it was important to show everything in between. I think sometimes people think that we’re perfect and we know we’re not perfect, at all. I think it’s important to start breaking down the idea that to achieve your dream you always have to be perfect or flawless or live in some kind of fantasy world. So that’s why I decided to put everything into the film. In the most tasteful way. But mostly it’s about how I go there and the ride along the way which can be bumpy but mostly it was extremely fun.”
Speaking about her rise to fame, she commented: “There was a lot of the word “no” being thrown my way and I just never accepted that. You know overcoming everybody saying, “It’s not going to work”, because a lot of people wanted me to be like someone – whether that was a Kelly Clarkson or an Avril Lavigne – and I was like, “I want to be Katy Perry first”, and they didn’t really understand that. Maybe because my vision was so strong, but finally I got to go with it and it’s kind of worked out! When you see the film, it’s a bit scary because there’s a lot of shots of me bloated with zits and normal.”
Russell Brand calmed rumours of an acrimonious divorce between himself and wife Katy Perry today on ‘The Ellen Show.’ During his routine interview he told the host: “I still love her as a human being. But, sometimes when you’re in a relationship I suppose it doesn’t work out, does it? But that doesn’t mean I regret it or anything. I was very happy to be married with her. She’s such a beautiful human being and I just have only love and positivity for her.”
Russell appeared alongside fellow British ‘YouTube‘ sensations Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, who are regular fixtures on the daytime talk show now, and have a legion of fans and followers in the US. Russell and Katy will officially be divorced in July after just 14 months of marriage.
Russell Brand proved his good citizen credentials yesterday by making a very large financial donation to a passing homeless man. After speaking to him for several minutes and befriending him, the homeless man was reduced to tears after he was handed over £400, which Russell withdrew from a nearby cash point.
‘The Daily Star‘ report: “Russ was feeling a bit bad about his behaviour. He hates causing anyone any grief and decided to do something charitable. He met a homeless guy on Hollywood Boulevard, just around the corner from the home he shared with Katy Perry. Russ was with his new girlfriend and they struck up a conversation with the guy. After chatting for a few minutes he decided he wanted to get a roof over his head for a few nights. So he went over the road and withdrew $600 for him. When Russell handed over the wad of cash, the fella had tears in his eyes. Russ told him to spend it wisely and to make sure he says ‘Hello’ if they ever cross paths again.”
Russell Brand turned up to a New Orleans police station yesterday after hearing word that there was a warrant out for his arrest. He was charged with 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property, and paid a bail charge of $5000. He was forced into appearing at the station after throwing a photographer’s phone through a window earlier this week.
His people claim that he paid $240 to the photographer over the incident, after hurling it through a pane of glass in New Orleans on Monday. However, he claims that it was done out of respect for the late Steve Jobs, having tweeted: “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an ‘iPhone‘ irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”