He and Katy Perry ring in the New Year in separate countries

By People Staff
January 03, 2012 11:45 AM

Days after Russell Brand filed for divorce from Katy Perry, the estranged couple rang in 2012 on opposite sides of the globe.

Brand, 36, spent a low-key New Year’s Eve at the Savoy Hotel in London with friends, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mirror.

When a hotel patron wished him a Happy New Year, Brand replied stoically: “Here’s hoping it gets happier,” according to the Mirror.

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Meanwhile, Perry, 27, was presumably still in Hawaii – where she was vacationing with friends, including one who Tweeted about a “last day in paradise” on New Year’s 2012.

Next up: the singer has shows scheduled in Manila and Jakarta later this month.