Is Religion Tearing Katy, Russell Apart?

Rumors of marriage trouble continue to swirl
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Katy Perry, Russell Brand: Is Religion Steering Them Toward a Divorce?
Katy Perry, left, and Russell Brand arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – The Katy Perry-Russell Brand divorce rumors have been flying for a while now—both Perry and Brand have refuted them within the past month—but now things are (maybe) getting serious. The latest:

  • On Wednesday, Us reported that Perry and Brand had spent Christmas apart. After a "massive fight," a source tells the magazine, Perry decided to go to Hawaii with friends rather than to London with her husband. Part of the problem, according to another source: "Katy doesn't think Russell respects her parents' Christian beliefs or her friends."

  • While in Hawaii, Perry was photographed in the waves without her wedding ring. The New York Post notes she could have simply been trying to keep it safe—but Brand doesn't have the same excuse. He was photographed sans ring in London yesterday. (See the picture.)
  • The Post also points out that "regular tweeter" Perry hasn't posted anything on Twitter since Monday, and that Brand has been similarly quiet.
(Read more Russell Brand stories.)

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