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Perry opens up after Brand split

Katy Perry has broken her silence since splitting from husband Russell Brand to urge fans to avoid "gossip" about their marriage breakdown.

Brand cited "irreconcilable differences" when he filed for divorce from the pop star on 30 December (11) following weeks of speculation about the state of their relationship.

Both stars have kept quiet since the news broke, but Perry has now taken to her Twitter.com page to address the numerous rumours about their romance.

She tweeted, "Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that no one speaks for me. Not a blog, magazine, 'close sources' or my family."

The California Gurls singer also thanked her followers for their well wishes, adding, "I am so grateful for all the love and support I've had from people around the world. You guys have made my heart happy again."

Perry married the funnyman in a lavish ceremony in India in October 2010.