RUSSELL Brand has announced he is to divorce US singer Katy Perry after 14 months of marriage.
The couple met in 2008 and married in 2010, at a resort inside a tiger reserve in India.
The 36-year-old comedian fled divorce papers in the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences". In a statement he said: "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends."
Last autumn, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce just 72 days after tying the knot with Kris Humphries in a lavish ceremony that was taped for her reality TV show.
The 31-year-old also cited "irreconcilable differences" adding that the couple have a prenuptial agreement and she doesn't want to pay spousal support to Humphries.
A source close to the star said she "wanted a fairy tale" but that the couple found "the pressure of the TV show just isn't what they could have handled."
"Irreconcilable differences" are always sad. Broken relationships feature in the jagged landscape of many people's lives. There's something within us that longs for faithful, lifelong love, but too often it seems impossible to live that dream. Is it really only "a fairy tale"?
Speaking of divorce, Jesus put His finger on the heart of the problem: the problem of the heart.
God allows divorce as "a concession to your hard hearts" Jesus declared "but it was not what God had originally intended" (Matthew 19:8, The Bible).
Jesus also brought a message of hope. Through Him, God is taking charge of the world again, and central to this is the miracle of human hearts made new. Through trust in Jesus, which releases God's healing power, human lives can be renewed. That's when love - lasting, committed love - becomes a reality again.
Now that's good news.