In March 2020 pop icon Katy Perry opened up to the world about her relationship with fiancée Orlando Bloom. She revealed that there is an aspect of her union with the Pirates Of The Caribbean star that fans might find unexpected. However, her personal take on it may surprise some, too.
Perry and Bloom’s relationship is believed to have started when they were first spotted together in January 2016. At that time, the two were seen dancing together at the Golden Globes after-party hosted by the Weinstein Company and Netflix. And their moves got a few raised eyebrows, according to one onlooker.
An alleged source told Us Weekly, “[Perry] literally dropped to the floor and was waving her booty around – beckoning [Bloom].” The two stars were then seen together multiple times throughout the rest of that month. This included being pictured with a group of friends backstage at a Los Angeles stage rendition of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.
Over the next few months, Bloom and Perry were spotted together at several big events. In February they attended an Adele concert and another source told MailOnline that they kissed several times. According to Entertainment Tonight, the couple then took a vacation in Hawaii later than month and were snapped holding hands, kissing on the beach and going on a hike.
After a festival date at Coachella, Bloom and Perry attended the Met Gala in New York in early May – but they went separately. Then later that month their relationship was made official when Perry posted a picture of them together following the Cannes Film Festival lying on an ornate mansion staircase.
August 2016 saw a lot more revealed to the public than Perry and Bloom may have wanted when photographs emerged of their Italian holiday. The pictures, published by New York Daily News, show Bloom and Perry on a paddleboard together while the latter enjoys a beer. However, aside from a baseball cap and sunglasses, her boyfriend appears completely in the nude.
The first public hiccup in the romance came in November 2016 when a supposed source broke the news to InTouch Weekly that the couple had broken up. They said, “Not long after Halloween, [Bloom] confessed to pals that he’d decided to end their relationship. He claimed that he’s just not ready to get married and have babies.”
However, a rival source alleged that it was Perry who ended the relationship. They apparently claimed, “She said they were on different life paths and as much as she likes him, it’s time to move on.” Only three days later, though, the couple documented their Thanksgiving on Instagram and seemed very much together.
In early January 2017 Bloom and Perry went to Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tokyo and the latter then threw her boyfriend a surprise birthday party in Palm Springs later in the month. All guests were gifted a special onesie with Bloom’s picture emblazoned on it, and Perry arranged for his mother to be there unexpectedly. He posted on Instagram that this surprise visit was the “best gift ever.”
Despite it appearing as if their relationship was progressing well, on March 1, 2017, a joint statement was released by representatives of the couple. It read, “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand, we can confirm that [Bloom] and [Perry] are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”
In August, however, it looked like Perry and Bloom’s relationship was firing on all cylinders again when fans spotted them at an Ed Sheeran gig in Los Angeles. One particular fan shared pictures and videos of the pair on Twitter canoodling in the crowd. One fan told E! News, “They cuddled most of the night. She sat on his lap most of the night and [they] shared kisses.”
Fast forward to January 2018 and Bloom and Perry were seen vacationing together again – this time at the luxury Amilla Fushi resort in the Maldives. At this point, no official announcement had been made that they were an item again, and they tried to disguise themselves with baseball caps when eating in a restaurant. Unfortunately for them, however, the couple were still snapped by an eagle-eyed fan.
An alleged source told E! News, “[Perry] was in Dubai and then stopped over in [the] Maldives where she met up with [Bloom].” However, the insider tried to play down the significance of their meetup, adding, “It’s a few hours away and [Perry] wanted to stop there since it was pretty close.”
The following month an unnamed source spoke to The Sun newspaper in Bloom’s native U.K. and confirmed, “They’re back on.” The individual continued, “[Perry] wants to make things work this time around. She tried but she couldn’t cut him off. She cares too much about him. This time, they’re keeping things low key – but they’re back together.”
In April 2018 Perry confirmed that she was back in a relationship again when speaking with Entertainment Tonight – but she stopped short of naming Bloom. After being asked whether she would date an American Idol contestant, the singer responded, “No, I’m sorry I have been spoken for and speak for myself. And I’m very happy.”
September 2018 saw Perry and Bloom make their first public appearance together since reuniting. They were guests at the Gala for the Global Ocean at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo – hosted by Monaco’s Prince Albert II. Following this, they stayed out of the public eye until they dropped a bombshell in February 2019.
A Facebook page which it’s believed is controlled by Perry’s mom let it slip on Valentine’s Day that her daughter and Bloom had become engaged. There, a picture of the happy couple was posted showing the two dancing, along with the caption, “Look who got engaged on Valentine’s Day!” Mere hours later, this was then confirmed by Perry herself on Instagram.
Perry posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with heart-shaped balloons all around them. In the foreground she had carefully placed her finger sporting a beautiful ring with a pink stone encircled by diamonds. Furthermore, the singer attached the caption, “Full bloom.” No official statement was released, but the world very much understood that a wedding was on the horizon.
Perry would later speak at length about Bloom’s romantic proposal when she was interviewed by former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating on Capital Radio in May 2019. The singer explained, “… I just remember meeting him at dinner at this place, at this Italian restaurant. Because when I get, like, a pass I just want to stuff my face with pasta and so I get there and he’s, like, clean shaven, he’s not wearing tennis shoes and I’m like, ‘Oh something is going down.’”
Perry then amusingly described Bloom hyperventilating as he tried to gather the courage to pop the question. The former added, “… Then I got on a helicopter and he asked me to marry him and we landed on this building and then went downstairs. And my family and friends were there [with] the most flowers you have ever seen.”
At the same time as the news of Perry and Bloom’s engagement came revelations from People magazine that the former wanted to start a family with her beau. The insider said, “[Perry] is slowing down her career this year,” and they added that the couple “want to get married and start a family sooner rather than later.” Furthermore, a source close to Bloom agreed with the claim and said that Bloom and Perry aimed to have children.
The source stressed that Perry and Bloom’s apparent decision to push forward with a marriage was not made frivolously. The insider went on, “They’ve been talking about getting engaged for a while. After reconciling, [Perry] has felt very secure with [Bloom] and they both knew it was different this time. They made their relationship a priority and both of them literally flew all around the world to keep their [bond] strong.”
In an August 2019 interview with News.com.au, Bloom spoke in glowing terms about the physical side of his relationship with Perry. The actor said, “I would say that sex is a really important part of life because it’s a way to connect – it’s a way to show intimacy. [This] is an incredibly important part of life because if you can be intimate with somebody, then you’re blessed, right?”
Then, in a move that sent her fans into overdrive, Perry announced her pregnancy in March 2020 by unveiling a new music video in which she showed off her new baby bump. The video for the single “Never Worn White” was followed up by a confirmation from Perry herself on Instagram Live. And there, she wrote, “There’s a lot that’s happening this summer.”
Perry continued, “Not only will I be giving birth, literally and figuratively… to something you guys have been waiting for. I’m excited, we’re excited and happy.” The star went on, “It’s probably the longest secret I’ve ever had to keep. I thought I would tell you guys in the best way through a piece of music. While it’s not the lead single, it’s a good way to start out. I had to reveal [the pregnancy] at some point.”
The very next day, Perry appeared as a guest on the On Air With Ryan Seacrest podcast and discussed her relationship with Bloom. Speaking with honesty, she admitted that there was a lot of “friction” between them. But the singer didn’t see it as a negative thing, and she explained her position to the host.
“I have consciously or unconsciously picked a partner that makes sure I keep evolving into the best version of myself,” Perry mused. “There’s a lot of friction between my partner and I, but that friction breeds something beautiful. It can breed a lot of light. It’s just one of those relationships.”
Perry elaborated even further with an analogy sure to intrigue her legions of fans. She told Seacrest, “I don’t know about anyone else [who’s] listening whatever kind of relationship they’ve had – and I’ve had many – but it’s like we basically, we get down to the mat and come back up every time.”
Bloom – who has a son named Flynn from his previous marriage to model Miranda Kerr – spoke of his relationship with Perry in similar terms when he was interviewed on The Howard Stern Show in September 2019. The actor was asked if he wanted to have children with her, and he responded, “We are shooting for that.”
Bloom continued, “It’s like this wild mustang. If we can just wrangle this beast and get on it, we’ll have the ride of our life.” Like Perry, his choice of words were open to a little interpretation. But, if you read between the lines, it appears that he may be referring to the same volatility – yet deep love – that Perry spoke of.
Both Perry and Bloom seem very aware about the need for work to be done on their relationship. Then that July the singer was interviewed on the KIIS Kyle and Jackie O Show – where she was asked about their upcoming wedding.
Perry avoided talking about specifics such as the wedding date. Instead, she chose to talk about how they were taking great pains to ensure that they build their relationship responsibly. She said, “I think we’re doing really great, and we’re really doing the hard work laying a beautiful foundation before we start to build a massive house.”
The singer then clarified what she meant by a huge home, adding, “I was saying it, like, emotionally. It’s important for us to do the work before we go and take this really big next step. We were both married before and it’s not the same in your 30s.”
Perry had previously been married to British comedian Russell Brand, and they have both since admitted that it wasn’t a happy union. In 2015 a documentary entitled Brand: A Second Coming was released and it featured the funnyman coming clean about how unhappy he was in the relationship. The comedian said, “Oh my f****ng God. I’m living this life of the very thing I detest. Vapid, vacuous celebrity.”
Brand said that he realized the marriage to Perry was in trouble following a trip to Africa in 2010. He told comedian Stephen Merchant in the documentary, “It’s definitely good I’m with someone I love. But it’s not a resolution to anything spiritual. This is my suspicion, that at some point, to be happy, I’m going to have to walk away.”
Perry offered her own thoughts regarding her relationship with Brand in an interview with Vogue in 2013. She said, “At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that [equality] and they’re like, ‘I can’t handle [this].’ He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour.”
Perry went on, “So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling – which was upsetting. I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth – which I can’t necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day.” The singer added, “I let go and I was like, ‘This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me.’ So I have moved on from that.”
Perry went on, “[Brand is] a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him, Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.” Indeed, by the looks of it, there would be no coming back for this relationship.
Bloom has maintained a much more amicable relationship with his ex, however. He married Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr in 2010 after a few years of dating. And their wedding was held in secret – which was in line with how the couple treated their relationship as a whole.
Even when Kerr and Bloom broke up in 2013, neither went on to say disparaging things about the other in the media. In fact, they speak highly of each other and have managed to make a success of their life co-parenting son Flynn. Apparently, Kerr is still a part of Bloom’s life and is even reportedly friendly with Perry, too.