After dodging questions about his notably public divorce from pop star Katy Perry, and heckling a fan who taunted him about his ex at a recent stand-up show, comedian Russell Brand has broken his silence about his failed marriage with a pointed confession.
"I still love her as a human being, but sometimes when you're in a relationship, I suppose it doesn't work out, does it," he said Thursday during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
"I was very happy to be married to her. She's such a beautiful human being and I just have only love and positivity for her," Brand added.
The 36-year-old comedian filed for divorce from Perry, 27, in December, citing irreconcilable differences. The two had been married for 14 months, and it was rumored he wanted her to cut back on her partying.
"The interesting thing about what Russell said now is this is what I've been hearing all along from sources," Ian Drew of Us Weekly magazine told "Good Morning America." "That Russell and Katy didn't really have this big crashing animosity, that what really was at fault in the relationship … Russell realized she wasn't at a place where he was in his life."
Fresh off the divorce, Perry expressed her pain freely in February on stage at the Grammy Awards, performing the song "Part of Me." Many believe the lyrics were aimed at Brand.
Up until now, Brand has been quiet about the split, but it has been rumored that he sent her an email expressing regret about the breakup.
But Drew said Brand never reached out to Perry.
"We should hang up the notion that Katy and Russell are going to reconcile," he said. "They are doing what many people should be doing, which is splitting and ending things on a good note."