Russell Brand and Katy Perry have split up after 14 months of marriage.
In a statement, the 36-year-old comedian said tonight: “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage.
“I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.”
The couple met at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009 and married in a lavish ceremony in India in October last year.
But rumours of cracks in their relationship circulated right from the start as their respective careers meant they were rarely even in the same country.
Talk of a break-up increased as the pair spent Christmas apart.
Brand was pictured in Cornwall while pop singer Perry was seen spending it with friends in Hawaii.
Brand offered no other details about the split but cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today.
Prior to their marriage he was famous for being a lothario with a string of sexual conquests under his belt.
One of his liaisons proved to be his undoing when the Sachsgate scandal saw him resigning from his Radio 2 show.
During a pre-recorded show he and Jonathan Ross left a phone message for veteran actor Andrew Sachs in which Ross made crude comments about Brand’s relationship with the Fawlty Towers star’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
He has gone on to establish a successful Hollywood career and became a surprise publishing success with his memoir.
His relationship with American Perry, who has become a worldwide success since her first hit I Kissed A Girl in 2008, came as a surprise to many.
After enjoying a whirlwind romance, the Get Him To The Greek star proposed to her in India outside the Taj Mahal during a romantic holiday there in December 2009.
The couple regularly used Twitter to send public - and often saucy - messages to each other.
Their wedding on October 23 last year was conducted by a friend of the bride’s family at the Aman-e-Khas luxury resort outside the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary, 80 miles from the “pink city” of Jaipur.