In the documentary Brand: The Second Coming, Brand says his relationship with Perry started to break down following a 2010 visit to Africa for Comic Relief.
The stuff in Africa hit me really hard. I’m associated with the very thing I detest: vapid, vacuous, plastic, constructed, mindless celebrity…That’s the very sea we’re swimming in, ‘Oh, who’s he? He’s married to Katy Perry’.
Brand’s close friend Noel Gallagher recounts the moment he knew the pair were destined for divorce.
[Russell] calls me up once and says, ‘What happens when she wants to watch a film and I want to watch another film? It’s doing my head in!’. And I was like, ‘Just let her watch the f*****g film.’ I knew at that point this ain’t gonna go much further.