Happily Ever After?

Katy and Russell reveal they’re stronger than ever
Monday , 01 August 2011
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Singer Katy Perry (R) poses with fans
Singer Katy Perry (R) poses with fans
Actor Russell Brand, Katy Perry and guest
Actor Russell Brand, Katy Perry and guest

I want to have kids! I’m totally fine with saying that. I think some people are scared because they’re worried it’s going to ruin their career, but I want to live a full life,” chimes Katy Perry immediately dispelling all rumours that she is set to divorce her husband, British comedian Russell Brand.

The high profile couple have been plagued with rumours that they are on the verge of splitting, with many skeptical that their whirlwind romance – they became engaged after just four months of dating – would ever really last.

Yet, Katy states her marriage is the real deal insisting, “I think you can have it all. You just have to work really hard, because great things don’t come easily.”

Adding, “Everyone’s been told that marriage is hard work, and it is: You have to make time for things you love.”

And when it comes to family life, Russell who is close to his wife’s family even attending the Grammy awards with Katy and her 90-year-old grandma, admits he is ready to slow down and have kids. He confesses, “I am very much looking forward to being a dad. Who knows when? Soon I hope. I love children. I think when I am among children is when I feel most liberated. I go nuts with children. Especially when I don’t have any.”

However, the comedian’s methods for fatherhood seem a little eccentric. He continues, “When I’m around my mates’ children, I jazz them kids up, I swear at them, I get them all worked up, I say crazy stuff to them. I fill their heads with nonsense and then leave them...”

Though it’s clear the famous pair really do want to start a family, they admit they are working on their marriage. And while they are adamant they are not heading to the divorce courts they do reveal that their relationship can be testing at times.

With Katy working on her world tour, California Dreams, and Russell filming Rock Of Ages in Florida, the long distance has taken its toll with the actor admitting, “I take it one step at a time. Don’t look at things as in ‘rest of life.’ Of course marriage is for life and that’s what I wanted, but anything for the rest of life can be daunting.”

In spite of her husband’s words, Katy is quick to correct him, insisting, “There’s never a dull moment. He has never lied to me once. I trust him; there’s just a level of trust that we’ve built up.”

Yet, despite their protestations, the rumours continue with some sources claiming they were seeking couples therapy after just three months of marriage. A source said, “The trouble first made itself known shortly after British comedian Brand Tweeted an unflattering picture of his make-up free wife.” Another insider claimed Katy had confided that she and Russ were, “thinking of taking a break from our marriage. I’m worried it could be the end of the road for us.”

However, determined to set the record straight Katy retorts, “Just because we don’t flaunt our relationship doesn’t mean there’s something wrong. Privacy is our luxury. Her hubby said in support, “You tell ‘em Mrs Brand! In Britain we’re currently dismantling the scum media so I’m not tuned in to their brain-farting.”

They say that in hard times people form closer bonds and Katy admits this is true for her and Russell, insisting the passing of Russell’s pal Amy Winehouse has made them stronger than ever. Discussing her hubby’s sobriety she said, “My heart felt really sad. My husband, who has been clean and sober for almost nine years, you know, I see him working a programme and working on himself every single day. And I see how much work it takes to be clean and sober when you have, you know, addiction on your hands. It gave me a real gratefulness for my husband, who got clean when he was 27.”

Russell, who paid tribute to Winehouse in a lengthy article that documented his friendship with the late star, has opened up about his past which he has fully explained to his wife, insisting they have no secrets. And in his ode to Winehouse he laments a legend.

He says, “…She became massively famous and I was pleased to see her acknowledged but mostly baffled because I’d not experienced her work. This not being the 1950s, I wondered how a jazz singer had achieved such cultural prominence…”

Adding, “Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse!”

It seems regardless of public scrutiny and pressures from the media, nothing can come between the still relatively newlyweds – Katy and Russell have been married for less than a year, having tied the knot in India only last October… Perhaps happily ever after does exist in Hollywood afterall.

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