Russell Brand could be entitled to a pay out of up to £20m after it was revealed that he and estranged wife Katy Perry did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement.
California law states that couples split their assets 50/50 in the event of a divorce, and that would mean Katy – the richer spouse with an estimated £45 million fortune – would be forced to share her earnings.
New details have also emerged about the rows that led the comedian to file for divorce from his wife of 14 months.
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A source close to the couple described their union as "a game of one-upmanship" and a constant clashing of showbiz egos.
"I don't think Russell liked that Katy was the bigger star. He'd pick her to pieces over the most trivial things" she told a British newspaper.
"I believe the filing of this divorce was as childish as many of their arguments.
"It was a case of 'I'm dumping you before you can dump me', a total pride thing".
It's also thought that recovered addict Russell’s aversion to the showbiz circuit clashed with his wife’s love of partying. She was often seen out on the town with pals like Rihanna.
The comedian was spotted in London over the weekend and seemed upbeat despite his separation.
"I'm doing good. Everything is going to be better next year," he told waiting reporters.
Meanwhile, the Firework singer is currently lying low in Hawaii and has yet to comment on the divorce.
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