British actor Russell Brand filed for divorce on Friday from his singer wife Katy Perry after just over a year of marriage.

Brand, 36, star of the movie Get Him to the Greek, and California Gurls singer Perry, 27, met in 2008 and married on October 23, 2010, becoming one of the most high-profile couples in the entertainment industry.

But their marriage has been in trouble for several weeks, according to celebrity media. They spent the Christmas holidays apart, with Brand being photographed in England and Perry spotted in Hawaii -- both without their wedding rings.

Brand filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday citing irreconcilable differences.

Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends, Brand said in a statement on Friday.

Perry's spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brand had dismissed rumors earlier in December that the marriage was in trouble.

I am married to Katy perpetually. Until death do us part was the pledge. I am still alive, the comedian told U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.