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Katy Perry & Russell Brand's Marriage Is 'On The Rocks,' Say Multiple Sources

Tue, December 27, 2011 3:25pm EDT by 46 Comments
Katy Perry and Russell Brand Split

Katy Perry and Russell Brand spent Christmas on the opposite sides of the world from each other and several sources tell there is major trouble in paradise!

Katy Perry and Russell Brand have been trying to put on a brave — and happy — face for the cameras, but behind the scenes, their marriage is crumbling apart at a rapid pace. In fact, has learned the power couple, who just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary, are on the rocks.

“Katy and Russell are just in two very different places right now with their lives,” our source says. “Their marriage is not working out. He’s in recovery and really trying to stay clean, but her lifestyle isn’t helping him at all.”

In fact, things are so strained between Katy, 27, and Russell, 36, they deliberately spent Christmas apart from each other. Despite People magazine’s report that the two were together in Hawaii, Katy was actually there alone, without Russell, who was 7,000 miles away in South West England. The British comedian was spotted in a Cornwell pub Dec. 24 and then at his friend David Baddiel‘s charity swim Dec. 26. The following day, Russell went to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London, once again, without Katy.

Meanwhile, Katy was photographed frolicking in the ocean without her wedding ring Christmas day on the island of Kauai, where she was staying in a private rented luxury villa. Since then, she hasn’t been seen by any photography agencies, leaving us to wonder if she’s still on the island.

So what happened between the two A-listers, who seemed so madly in love earlier this year? Multiple insiders confirm with us that while Katy’s career is blowing up, Russell wants to settle down. The outgoing pop star was the first female singer to get five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in one year. Plus, she spent February through November on her California Dreams Tour — which left her barely any time to play wife to her new husband.

“Katy is on fire right now. She’s touring and going out all the time,” the insider explains. “She’s not ready to settle down and be ‘Mrs. Brand,’ but that’s what Russell wants.”

There have been murmurs of marital problems between Russell — who is a recovering addict — and Katy for a few months. However, the couple have gone out of their way to keep their issues under wraps. In fact, the British comedian even went on Ellen DeGeneres‘ talk show earlier this month laughing off the rumors and dishing on how he wants children.

“It’s all an act,” a second insider tells us about Russell’s interview. “Katy is a bubbly, happy person and Russell is just bringing her down. He may be funny on interview shows, but in real life he is not this happy go lucky guy…the kind of guy Katy thought she married. He is just too depressed and negative!”

In fact, at their last public appearance together — The David Lynch Foundation 3d annual “Change Begins Within” Benefit Celebration in Los Angeles Dec. 3 — Katy and Russell appeared miserable with each other.

An eyewitness tells exclusively, “In front of the cameras they acted really happy together but behind the scenes, Russell was miserable. It was supposed to be an event for meditation, but Russell was anything but peaceful and positive. In fact, he was really rude to one couple who wanted to take a picture of him. Katy was really embarrassed. You could tell she felt uncomfortable.”

As for Katy and Russell’s future, our sources say a split is “imminent,” but the couple isn’t ready to go public with the sad news just yet. We contacted both of the stars’ reps, but haven’t received any comments at this time.

Do you think Katy and Russell’s marriage is doomed, or are they just going through a rough patch? Sound off below.

Reporting by Sandra Clark & Kirstin Benson