American Idol's James Durbin Says "I Do," Russell Brand Files for Divorce From Katy Perry

James Durbin and Heidi LoweJames Durbin auditioned for American Idol last year not only to follow his dream, but to support his family as well. Suffering with Tourettes syndrome and Asperberger’s his whole life, it’s been hard for him to keep a job, especially when all he’s wanted to do with his life is sing. Two years ago Durbin’s girlfriend, Heidi Lowe, gave birth to their son, Hunter. This was the final push Durbin needed to follow his dream.

Durbin made it all the way to fourth place, but his dream didn’t end there. In November the rocker released his first album, “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” to rave reviews. Following his success with American Idol, and after, Durbin has been faithful to the woman who’s been at his side the entire time. Over New Year’s Eve, Lowe and Durbin tied the knot in a quiet, romantic ceremony in Santa Cruz.

The couple said “I do” before 85 guests, including American Idol friends Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone. Hunter was the couple’s ring bearer. Durbin and Lowe will take a break from their busy schedule to honeymoon through the beginning of the new year. Congrats to the couple!

Russell Brand and Katy Perry

While Durbin and Lowe live a happily ever after ending, two big stars are calling it quits. Comedian Russell Brand filed for divorce from popstar Katy Perry over the weekend. Brand filed the papers in Los Angeles on Friday after the couple spent Christmas apart.

Rumor mills say Brand filed to avoid problems for Perry who has uber religious parents that don’t believe in divorce. Others report that it was a game to see who could file the papers first. Regardless, it’s one of the year’s more shocking divorces. The pair seemed perfect for each other and relatively happy! This was apparently not true behind closed doors.

He field "irreconcilable differences," but maybe it's because he doesn't recognize Katy Perry anymore just like we don't. "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends," he said in a statement.

Brand plans to focus on his work, with two upcoming shows on his plate. A half-hour comedy chat show for FX and a cartoon for Fox.

- Katy Perry
- Russell Brand
- James Durbin

Written by: mawarner
Jan 2nd, 2012, 4:32 pm