"I'm living, like, this life of the very thing I detest: vapid, vacuous celebrity," Russell Brand says in the trailer for an upcoming documentary on him
Russell Brand isn’t a fan of the celebrity lifestyle.
In the comedian’s new documentary, BRAND: A Second Coming, Brand doesn’t hold back when it comes to talking about his marriage to Katy Perry, and what eventually led to its demise.
According to Brand, 40, he simply couldn’t stand living in the spotlight.
“Oh my f—— God. I’m living, like, this life of the very thing I detest: vapid, vacuous celebrity,” Brand says in the trailer for the documentary.
As footage of Brand and Perry walking through a crowd of paparazzi is flashed on screen, Brand is heard saying, “Fame, power and money is bull—-.”
His statement is immediately followed by a clip of Perry saying, “I don’t want to give all this up.”
The couple famously split in 2012 after just 14 months of marriage. While the two had a whirlwind romance, Perry told Vogue in 2013 that when the time came to end things, she learned of his plan to divorce over a text message.
And while Brand says the world of Hollywood played a role in their relationship’s downfall, Perry, 31, claimed Brand ultimately had trouble accepting her as an equal – especially when she was on tour.
“At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness. He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour,” she told Vogue. “So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting.”
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Brand’s documentary reveals that the comedian now rejects the trappings of celebrity in order to focus on more substantial world issues. In the trailer, Brand is seen advocating for causes such as climate change and global economic inequality.
“What I want is a spiritual revolution and complete global change of thinking,” he says.