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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Weeks before their breakup, Katy Perry and Russell Brand maintain a united front, fighting off rumors of marital discord at a Dec. 3 David Lynch Foundation benefit in L.A. "First I'm pregnant amp then I'm divorced. What am I All My Children?!" the singer, 27, defensively Tweets. The actor, 36, echoes his wife's statement to Ellen DeGeneres: "I am really happily married." But on December 30, the couple announces they're taking steps to end their 14-month marriage.
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Sparks first flew between newly engaged couple Russell Brand, 34, and Katy Perry, 25, at the VMA Awards in September 2009, when the British comic shamelessly flirted with the singer while hosting. From the start, the naughty-and-nice twosome are inseparable – including stealing away for a kiss outside a Hollywood Hills bash that October (left).
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Also in October 2009, the new couple surface in his home base of London – after both Tweet separately about vacationing in Thailand.
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Though he's a self-proclaimed lothario, Brand plays the part of dutiful boyfriend in Paris in October 2009, joining Perry at fashion shows and parties, including the John Galliano runway show. It was a preview of a night to come: Later that month, Brand escorts the singer to her Willy Wonka-themed 25th birthday bash, partying alongside her closest pals.
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SHE'S THE ONE
Still glued to each other's side, Perry and Brand continue making strides during an outing in Santa Barbara, Calif. Though Brand previously admitted monogamy's not his thing, he now tells British morning show GMTV, "I thought I was promiscuous, but it turns out I was just thorough – to get the right one."
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Perry repays Brand's compliment a month later on Nov. 5 while hosting the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, donning lingerie in the colors of the comic's favorite West Ham United soccer team, with his nickname, "Rusty," ahem, branded across her bum. He later Tweets his appreciation: "Wow. Now MY GIRLFRIEND has worn a West Ham basque while hosting the EMA's. What a day!"
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On the fast track, indeed! Continuing their romantic rendezvous in the U.K., Perry and Brand pair up for a tandem sled ride at London's Hampstead Heath two days before Christmas 2009.
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PASSAGE TO INDIA
The couple make a warm-weather escape to India, arriving in Jaipur on Dec. 30, 2009. Rumors that the couple got engaged during their travels grows with Perry's Twitter message on Jan. 5, 2010: "So when do I start walking the streets naked singing that Alanis song?' – an oblique reference to Morrisette's lines in "Thank You" that include "How about me just enjoying the moment for once" and "Thank you India" (where the couple vacationed days earlier). The day after Perry's tweet, Brand's rep confirms their happy engagement.
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AIN'T LOVE BRAND?
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Perry and Brand made it official on Oct. 23, 2010, exchanging vows in a ceremony in Northern India that was so private that the bride only released footage four months later, during her 2011 Grammys performance. In the video, Perry exchanges rings with Brand and, later, kisses her new hubby. "I know you're out there and ... your love came for me," she sings.