Katy Perry "bolted" out of a London nightclub when she heard Russell Brand was about to arrive.
The 'Part of Me' singer was enjoying an evening at Mayfair hangout Mahiki in a private room, but when someone told her Russell - who split from Katy after 14 months of marriage in December 2011 - was on his way, she quickly left so as to avoid an "awkward run-in".
A source told the Metro newspaper: "She wanted to spend the night singing in the room as it's where her best friend Rihanna normally comes to play when she's in town.
"Katy was having a great night but bolted out of the door when one of her sidekicks stunned her by telling her Russ was about to turn up.
"Rather than risk an awkward run-in, Katy didn't take any chances and ordered everyone to move on to a club in Chelsea instead."
However, the 27-year-old pop beauty needn't have worried as Russell was in the US, where he is facing legal woes after he threw a photographer's iPhone into an office window in New Orleans, where he is filming a new movie.
The British comedian paid to have the window repaired, but still had to visit a police station in the city after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
is planning to fight any charges relating to the incident.
Paparazzo Timothy Jackson claims the 36-year-old comedian wrestled his iPhone away from him and hurled it at a nearby office window after catching him taking pictures from his car.
The ‘Arthur’ star was released on £3,184 bond after handing himself in to police on Thursday, and his lawyer Robert Glass tells E! News they are “going to fight" any charges that may be brought.
According to TMZ.com, Russell – who has since paid £151 to fix the window - plans to argue he was provoked and that the damage to the phone was minimal.
Having filed for divorce from Katy Perry in December, Russell is believed to have found comfort in the arms of another woman last weekend – his mother.
He apparently flew Barbara Brand over to Los Angeles from Britain to spend Mother’s Day with him and new girlfriend Oriela Medellin Amieiro.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Russell and his mum are extremely close. She's always the first person he calls when something happens.
"Barbara is very fond of Katy Perry but was interested in meeting the woman who is helping Russell through such a difficult time."