Irreconcilable differences, indeed. Nearly one year after their divorce was finalized, Katy Perry is opening up about what went wrong in her 14-month marriage to Russell Brand. In an interview with Vogue‘s Vicki Woods for the July cover, the “Wide Awake” singer, 28, slams her ex-husband and says they haven’t kept in touch — and that he told her about his plans to divorce via text message.
“He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him,” Perry says. “Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”
Perry and Brand, 38, married in October 2010, after meeting at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Though Brand was the one to file for divorce, Perry said the British comic’s sense of humor was losing its charm on her before then.
“[He’s] hysterical in some ways. Until he started making jokes about me and he didn’t know I was in the audience, because I had come to surprise him at one of his shows,” she tells Vogue. “I mean, I have to claim my own responsibility in things. I do admit that I was on the road a lot. Although I invited him time and time again, and I tried to come home as much as I possibly could. You saw that in the movie [Katy Perry: Part of Me]. That wasn’t edited to leave footage out—there wasn’t any footage of him.”
The “Part of Me” singer also claims that the actor couldn’t “handle” her being his “equal.”
“He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting,” she reveals. “I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day. I let go and I was like: This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me. So, I have moved on from that.”
Since their divorce, Perry has had an on-again, off-again relationship with John Mayer. The pop superstar told Vogue that her romance with the quick musician was not to get back at Brand.
“No, not at all. No, I was madly in love with him. I still am madly in love with him,” she said. “All I can say about that relationship is that he’s got a beautiful mind.”
“Beautiful mind, tortured soul,” she added. “I do have to figure out why I am attracted to these broken birds.”
In an interview on Howard Stern‘s Sirius XM radio show in February 2013, Stern asked Brand, “What do you make of your ex-wife dating John Mayer? Doesn’t she know that he’s a worse womanizer than you?”
“Worse or better, depending on how you view it,” Brand joked, to which Stern replied, “He’s a better womanizer, then.”
“Hold on, I resent that!” Brand said. “I’m world class!”
For more of Perry’s interview with Vogue, pick up the July issue, in stores on June 25.