After tying the knot in what has been a detailed four-day wedding celebration in India, Katy Perry still can’t stop talking about her husband, Russell Brand.  Despite the provocative teasing good-girl image Katy Perry maintains in the public eye, she tells Harper’s Bazaar, “I always knew I wanted a great man of God.  Someone who was going to be an inspiration for people and also be a lovely husband and father.”  Wait, are we still talking about Russell Brand?  Apparently so.  Us Weekly reports that Brand is a “deeply spiritual man and ideal dad material.”  And what about the 10-year age gap?  Katy Perry explains, “We’re at different places in our lives, but we can still grow together.”  With a man that’s “though-provoking, articulate [and] a real advocate,” it looks like clear sailing for the newlywed couple — with a few laughs along the way.

How important is religion in a relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

While Perry and Brand meet on common religious ground, does religion have to be a deal breaker?  Here are a few arguments to keep in mind for your own blooming relationship:

1. Get your feet wet: If you and your significant other hold beliefs in different faiths, try enlightening each other about the culture and faith behind your respective religions.  If you feel comfortable, attend a service and get a firsthand look!

2. Have an open dialogue: If your relationship is headed somewhere serious, don’t be afraid about discussing spirituality.  Talk about the importance of your faith.  Explore the idea of conversion or allowing your relationship to follow a multi-faith path, observing both religions.

3. Think about the future: While kids might not be in the near future, or are perhaps around the corner, one thing to keep in mind is the future.  Sure, religion might not be a problem when it comes to the two of you, but what will happen when you add a child into the equation?  Raising a child in a certain faith might be an uncompromising matter in your relationship and in the end, religion might become a problematic aspect of your relationship.