When Russell Brand and Katy Perry filed for divorce in 2012, it wasn't what you'd call, in Hollywood terms, a 'mutual' split (there was no 'conscious uncoupling' here, that's for sure...) Instead, as fans of the singer saw in her documentary film Katy Perry: Part Of Me, the break-up was far from expected, and the British comedian has since gone on to say a few less than nice things about his ex - even labelling her 'vapid, vacuous and plastic'.
Now, it seems the newly married first-time dad has had a change of heart. Speaking exclusively to Grazia, he hasn't ruled out reconciling with his ex-wife, saying: 'It was a very important and lovely time in my life. I don’t regret being married to Katy at all. I have very positive feelings about that whole experience and Katy is an extraordinary woman.'
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He also talks about the tattoo that the two of them had done during their relationship ('Of course I’m going to keep it.') and days of closure for the former couple: 'Oh yeah, I hope so. I’m willing and open for reconciliation, any kind. Because if we can’t overcome our relatively trivial personal disputes in this world, what hope is there for us?'
Elsewhere in the interview, Russell opens up about having his daugher Mable, and how that has made him a feminist: 'It would have been a bit rich to call myself a feminist before, but having Mabel has made me one in a very simple way. I couldn’t consider the idea of being a woman before and now I can. And the thought that my daughter would be restricted, held down in any way or disqualified on the basis of her gender is one I really don’t care for at all.'
The full interview appears in this week’s Grazia, on sale now.