For a long time, I was neither a fan of Russell Brand and/or Katy Perry. I thought Russell was too outlandish and disrespectful and Katy was too outlandish and attention-hungry. And when I first heard of the birth of their romance, I thought that it was well matched and I went on with my life not thinking much of it.
But strange things happen when people fall in love and I'm in love with love so I notice these things. The first time I took a notice of their relationship was when I saw Katy perform "Not Like the Movies," at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and there was something soft about the song and the montage of the her wedding to Russell in the background. Then I saw how Russell spoke affectionately of Katy on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Afterwards, I googled Katy Perry and found this interview where Perry talks about writing "Not Like the Movies" and how her relationship with Russell helped her to finish writing it. It was sweet, sentimental, and, above all else that I love, it showed growth. Then, while I was surfing on Tumblr, I stumbled upon this excerpt of Russell's second memoir Booky Wooky 2: This Time It's Personal about how he met Katy and fell in love with her (Bear with me, it's rather long but well worth the read.):
This man can write! And he writes beautifully!...which is so strange...considering his crassness... And it makes me realize how wonderfully purifying and innocent love can be. But I know that there's more to relationships than that initial reaction to being hit in the head. It's about the commitment to stay even when it's becoming cold or turbulent, which I know is difficult to do in the Hollywood panorama. I'll always be on the optimistic side though, always hoping for the best for everyone no matter who it might be.