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Inside Move: Splitup really wasn’t Goofy

Ad of Mr. & Mrs. James Brown at Disneyland planned

It may have seemed like a goofy ad, but it wasn’t promoting Goofy.

In the current issue of weekly Variety (July 21-27), Mr. & Mrs. James Brown announced that due to their “heavy demanding tour schedule, they have decided to go their separate ways. There are no hard feelings, just a mutual show business decision made by both parties. With love and affection, we both reached this decision.”

The ad was accompanied by a photo of Brown, aka “the godfather of soul,” and Tomi Rea Brown with their son, James Joseph Brown II — all smiling with Goofy at Disney World.

A colleague of Brown’s said the photo was chosen to emphasize the happy times of the relationship, rather than the hard times of a breakup.

The separated spouses were unavailable for comment; both are in Europe on a tour, in which they sing solo and perform one duet together. Despite the breakup, they may continue performing together.

However, Variety appreciates the business and encourages other couples to take out full-page ads to announce their nuptials or breakups. Ben & Jen, Ashton & Demi: Let us know when you’re ready.

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