Russell Brand has said that despite the end of his marriage to Katy Perry, he is happier than he has ever been.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Brand said: "I'm dedicating myself to all sorts of interesting things, you know. Transcendental meditation, kundalini yoga, these things are right good for the old spirit. You can just use it to have a relax instead of having a fag or a drink. It's like a shower for your brain".

When asked how he was coping with the split, he replied: "I try not to compartmentalise things too much into years, but generally speaking I'm happier than I've ever been in my life.

"Of course I went through a divorce, which isn't good for anybody, but that was that bit of time - that was really lovely - this is this bit of time - this is really lovely."

Brand is currently starring in the comedy musical Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise.