Russell and Katy during happier times 

Shock and awe did not fill Hollywood gossip mongers as singer Katy Perry and comedian/actor Russell Brand officially announced their much hinted at divorce this afternoon.

"Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends," Brand said. Brand filed, citing irreconcilable differences. Word on the street is that Perry felt Brand did not respect her friends and her family's Christian values.

We told you today how the now ex-couple were spotted without their wedding rings. They married in October 2010.