Russell Brand is no stranger to controversy, but even he couldn’t have seen this coming: the 35-year-old British comedian was deported from Japan on Sunday, allegedly due to arrests on his record from 10 years ago. He was in the country to watch his wife Katy Perry perform.

In response, Perry’s tweets transformed from “I'M SO EXCITED! I'M IN MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD! #JAPAN!!! #CALIFORNIADREAMSTOUR!!!” to “So…my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place #tokyodreamscrushed.” She even tried to use public pressure to get Brand released, tweeting “#FREE@RUSTYROCKETS! RT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Neither Perry nor Brand specified what the prior offenses were, but Brand, a former heroin addict who has been arrested 11 times before getting clean in 2002, has spoken openly about his prior drug use and promiscuity, and has had various run-ins with the law. Last September, he was detained by the LAPD after he roughed up a paparazzo who Perry claimed had put a photo lens up her dress at LAX Airport.

But while Perry was getting hot and bothered, using the hashtags “#mamanothappy!” and “#don'tmessw/mahman! #uwannaplaylet'sgo #don'ttakeawomansmanfromhershe'llgetshiasty!,” Brand seemed to see the funny side of things, tweeting, “Planning escape from Japanese custody. It's bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick,” and, “Stockholm syndrome kicking in. Just asked my guard out for (vegetarian) sushi. He giggled,” while posting a photo of himself in detention.

Ultimately, Perry, who is in the earthquake-hit country for a series of concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osakacame to terms with the incident in favor of the bigger picture. “…But of COURSE I ♥ my Japanese fans & the show #MUSTGOON no matter the daily aftershocks or husband kidnappings! #it'snotrightbutit'sokay,” she tweeted.

Japan has special meaning for the couple, who married in October last year. While they were preparing for their wedding, rumors abounded that it would be held in Tokyo. When it was revealed that India would be the venue, Rihanna publicly said she was considering giving the pair a honeymoon in Japan.

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