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PERRY DEFENDS RIHANNA FOR MISSING HER WEDDING

Katy Perry has defended her best pal Rihanna for failing to show up to her wedding, insisting although she "was upset" the singer couldn't make the nuptials, it was "just one of those really unfortunate things".

The I Kissed A Girl hitmaker married British funnyman Russell Brand in India last month (23Oct10) and Rihanna, who organised Perry's bachelorette party, was expected to be a star guest at the ceremony.

But the Umbrella hitmaker was unable to fly out for her friend's big day because of her heavy workload, and now Perry has spoken out on behalf of Rihanna, insisting she completely understands why she was unable to be present and claims they are "still the very best of friends".

She tells Britain's Now magazine, "I was upset she couldn't make it but let me promise you, there was no one more upset about it than her. When you have an album coming out you don't have a spare second in the day and you're answerable to the record company.

"She felt really bad she couldn't be there but we're still the very best of friends. My girl organised the best bachelorette party ever and I'll always love her to bits. It was just one of those really unfortunate things."