Celebrity couple Katy Perry and Russell Brand have decided hanto sell their luxury Los Angeles home after living in the property for just two years.
The couple, who married in October last year, have put their 1922 Mediterranean style property on the market for US$3.395 million. The house comes complete with a three car garage, four bedrooms, a swimming pool and views over Los Angeles.
However, Perry and Brand are taking a few things with them such as the twenty five foot high ‘love tepee’ Russell had installed and the retro look, pink refrigerator Katy bought for the kitchen.
Rumours suggest that the couple have decided to make their US$2.7 million New York apartment their permanent home.
“My husband is my number one priority. We have an amazing relationship. It’s important that I’m not always rushing around everywhere too much. I have to take the time to live life and have experiences,” said the twenty six year old pop singer.
Katy Perry is an American pop star who grew up listening to gospel music and singing at her local church.
Born as Katy Hudson in 1984, she released her first album under this name in 2001 but the gospel album was a flop. Following several attempts to break into the big time she signed with Capitol Music in 2007 and took on the stage name Katy Perry.
She finally found fame in 2008 with her single ‘I Kissed a Girl’, which topped the international music charts. But the song brought criticism from religious groups and the gay community. Bizarrely the former accused Perry of “needlessly promoting homosexuality” and the latter labelled the song as “homophobic”.
In November of the same year Perry released her first studio album ‘Ur So Gay’ which brought her lots of public attention but failed to reach the charts.
Since then, her singles ‘Hot n Cold’, ‘California Girls’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Firework’ and ‘E.T.’ have all topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA.
She has also appeared on Simon Cowell’s UK TV show, ‘The X Factor’, as a celebrity judge. Produced her own perfume called Purr. And she’s the voice of ‘Smurfette’ in the 2011 animated film ‘The Smurfs’.
Russell Brand started his career as a stand-up comedian.
In 2000 he made it to the final of the ‘Hackney Empire New Act of the Year’ in London.
Although he only finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of agent Nigel Klarfeld of Gagged and Bound Comedy Limited.
His first TV presenting job came in 2000 when he worked for MTV on their ‘Dancefloor Chart’ in which he toured nightclubs throughout Britain and Ibiza. On 12th September 2001 Brand presented the show dressed as Osama Bin Laden; only a day after the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. He was immediately fired by MTV.
Brand is also infamous for his use of illegal drugs. In fact, at the height of his addiction he introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue whilst interviewing her on MTV.
However, the TV presenter claims he has not taken drugs since 2002 and he is now the patron of the addiction charity Focus 12.
Brand’s radio career began in 2002 at London’s Indie rock station Xfm. But shortly after being hired he was sacked for reading pornographic material live on air.
In 2004 Brand took his stand up show ‘Better Now’ to the Edinburgh Festival, the largest comedy festival in the world. The show provided a humorous account of his years using illicit drugs.
In 2005 he auditioned for the role of Super Hans in the hit Channel 4 TV sitcom Peep Show but was rejected by writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain in favour of Matt King.
He returned to radio in 2006 co-hosting ‘The Russell Brand Show’ on BBC 6 Music. The show drew over 400,000 regular listeners.
Forever courting controversy, in a broadcast on October 18th 2008 Brand made a series of explicit prank phone calls to ‘Fawlty Towers’ actor Andrew Sachs. During one of the calls Brand claimed he’d had sex with Sachs’s granddaughter, Georgina Baille.
The call caused outrage and, with mounting pressure from the public and tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, Brand and BBC 2 controller Lesley Douglas resigned. Co-host Jonathan Ross was suspended.
Brand first met Katy Perry in the summer of 2008 whilst they were filming the sequel to ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, ‘Get Him to the Greek’.
They began dating when they were reunited in September 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. They were engaged in December that year and tied the knot in October 2010.
The couple’s wedding was a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India. Appropriate for the marriage of a self-confessed drug and sex addict who won the ‘The Sun’s Shagger of the Year’ award three years on the trot?
Brand is currently in Miami filming his next movie ‘Rock of Ages’ with co-stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Perry is on the New Zealand leg of her ‘California Dreams’ world tour.