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Aili Nahas
April 08, 2013 01:00 PM

Katy Perry is getting by with the help of an unlikely friend.

The pop star, 28, has turned to ex-husband Russell Brand, 37, for support since splitting from her on-and-off-again boyfriend John Mayer, 35, last month.

“Katy was really upset after the split from John, and Russell has been supporting her,” a source close to the actor – who filed for divorce from Perry in Dec. 2011 after 14 months of marriage – tells PEOPLE. “They talk on the phone and text each other often. Russell has nothing but love for Katy.”

But there’s no reason to expect reconciliation.

“They are no more than good friends,” the source says. “But it’s a strong friendship. They care about each other’s happiness.”

Mayer recently addressed his split from Perry, who visited Madagascar for UNICEF this past week.

“It was a very private relationship going in,” he said. “It was a private relationship during and it’s a private relationship; still … I’m on the same journey as everyone else. Coupling is a tricky thing.”

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