Russell Brand and his wife Laura married in 2017, having reconnected after his divorce from Katy Perry.
The couple revealed in June that they are expecting their third child.
Laura's Instagram is currently unavailable amid an investigation into Brand over sexual assault accusations.
British comedian Russell Brand met his current wife Laura Brand before his first marriage to Katy Perry — but after his and Perry's subsequent divorce, he and Laura reconnected and got married.
Brand and Laura first met when she was an art student, when he was 30 and she was 19. After rekindling their relationship, they welcomed daughters Mabel and Peggy in 2016 and 2018, respectively, and in June, it was revealed that they were expecting their third. The couple has historically kept their children's lives private, but have spoken occasionally about their family life.
Brand recently made headlines after The Sunday Times, The Times of London, and Channel 4 Dispatches reported in a joint investigation that four women had accused the comedian of rape and sexual assault occurring between 2006 and 2013. (Brand released a video statement on Friday, before the report was published, denying all allegations of wrongdoing.)
Laura's Instagram account @thejoyjournal, which Brand has referenced in the caption of a 2020 YouTube video and a March Instagram post, is currently unavailable. Insider was unable to verify when the account was deleted, and outlets including The Sun and The Mirror have reported different timelines for its removal either prior to, or following, the investigation. Laura otherwise has not commented publicly on the allegations against her husband.
Here's everything you need to know about Brand's wife Laura and their family.
Russell Brand's current wife is Laura Brand
Laura Brand (née Gallacher) is the daughter of golfer Bernard Gallacher, per The Independent, and grew up in Surrey, England. According to People, she lived on the Wentworth Estate, an exclusive private estate. Her sister, Kirsty Gallacher, is a radio presenter who previously worked for Sky Sports.
According to People, it was Kirsty who first introduced the two in 2007. Brand told Stylist in 2016 that they first met when he was 30 and Laura was 19. In a 2020 interview with You Magazine, which appears to no longer available but was preserved by the Internet Archive, Laura said that she "really fell in love" when they first met.
Per You Magazine, Laura studied art before working in the hospitality industry. Eventually, according to People, she launched a lifestyle blog after leaving hospitality. And then, as she told Grazia in 2020, they reconnected after Laura's friend dragged her out on a walk after her ex moved out of her apartment. On the path, they coincidentally ran into Brand.
Laura said in a 2020 episode of the podcast "Made by Mammas" that when she and Brand reconnected after his marriage to Perry ended, they "immediately knew it was going to be serious." Then, she said, they slowly got to know each other again and worked to "rebuild your foundations and trust."
Laura has also published several books, including "The Joy Journal for Magical Everyday Play" and "The Joy Journal for Grown-ups."
The couple's first child, Mabel, was born in 2016
Laura gave birth to the couple's daughter Mabel in 2016, E! News reported in November of that year.
The publication reported that Brand announced the birth of his child during a stand-up show, with an audience member telling E! News that he left the show quickly because Laura had given birth. He previously announced his impending fatherhood in an Instagram post in July of that year, sharing a photo of him peeking over the cover of a book titled "The Expectant Dad's Handbook."
The couple do not frequently share their children on social media, but Brand said on "Today" that he loved being a father.
"She's so beautiful and so glorious and so full of joy and love," he told host Megyn Kelly of Mabel. However, he jokingly added that his daughter was a "vicious, vindictive, villainous little character" who relentlessly tugged at his chest hairs.
The couple welcomed their second child, Peggy, in 2018
The couple had their second daughter, named Peggy, in 2018.
In an interview with The Sunday Times when Peggy was six months old, Brand said that his wife Laura handles much of the domestic work of caring for their children and "wouldn't go away for 24 hours" because she "respects and cares for their safety too much."
"It turns out that she is extremely well versed in the nuances and complexities of child-rearing," Brand said of his wife. "Me, I am dedicated to it, devoted to it, but I am still surprised when it's like, 'Oh my God, this is f****** really hard and it's so exhausting.' The younger one, I just feel inept so quickly, like with the crying."
Brand and Laura announced that they were expecting their third child in June
"You fell in love and you've got two children. You've got a third on the way, around the corner. That's a very special love you have found," Bartlett said, per People.
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