Actor and comedian Russel Brand has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife Katy Perry after just 14 months of marriage.
The 36-year-old Brand released a statement on December 30 that confirmed reports that his divorce lawyers have submitted the legal documentation with the Los Angeles superior court.
He said: "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."
According to some reports, the papers filed by Brand with his family lawyers cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce.
The pair were married in an elaborate ceremony at the Aman-i-Khas resort in Rajasthan in October 2010 with more than 80 guests in attendance.
Unusually for such a high-profile couple, there were few photos of the wedding made available to the public - a reflection of Brand and Perry's attitude towards the media focus on their private lives.
When asked about their choice of ceremony at a New York Times Q&A session in October 2010, Brand replied: "We just love each other and we want to get married in front of our friends and family and keep it very normal.
"It ain't about selling the pictures, it ain't about doing no pre-nup, it's just a normal thing."
The fact that the pair deliberately chose to not have a prenuptial agreement in place means that they may have to split their assets evenly if the divorce is passed by the relevant authorities.
While California state law requires a 50-50 split on monetary value of a couple's possessions, the former partners are able to determine how this division is made.
It has been reported that Brand and Perry's wealth is worth a total of $56 million - with the singer having a string of successful singles, while the actor stared in a number of popular movies.
Perry's extensive touring and promotion of her song titles - including Last Friday Night and Firework - have managed to deliver her with a reported $44 million, while Brand's movie efforts and hosting duties have contributed $11 million, according to Forbes.
The couple reportedly spent this Christmas apart, with photographs of Katy Perry - real name Katheryn Hudson - spending the holiday in Hawaii, while Brand spent the festive season in the UK county of Cornwall.