Katy Perry opens up about her 2017 breakup with Orlando Bloom: 'Everybody has challenges in a relationship'

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom got engaged in 2019.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom got engaged in 2019.

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  • Katy Perry spoke to People magazine about her relationship with fiancé Orlando Bloom, who she's expecting her first child with.

  • The singer described their dynamic as "a never-ending evolution" and said that they've had struggles. 

  • The couple's relationship inspired one of Perry's songs from her upcoming album and she told People that the track "really talks about how intense it's gotten and how many things we have had to go through."

  • "Yes, we have problems," she said. "Everybody has challenges in a relationship."

  • The pair met and started dating in 2016, broke up the following year, and got engaged in early 2019. 

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Katy Perry spoke candidly about her 2017 breakup with now-fiancé Orlando Bloom and their ever-changing relationship.

"It's a never-ending evolution, so it's not peachy-keen jelly bean all the time, but it's nice to have been able to show each other all the good, bad, and everything in between, and really fight for our best selves," Perry, who's expecting her first child with the actor, told People magazine.

The 35-year-old singer added: "Now, we just joke, like yeah, we still have things to work out — but champagne problems! We've gotten through a lot of hell."

Perry and the "Lord of the Rings" alum were first photographed together in early 2016. During an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Perry said that they met that year at the Golden Globes that year and "bonded over an In-N-Out burger."

Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry met in 2016.
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry met in 2016.

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They hit things off again when they crossed paths at a party and split in 2017, but rekindled their relationship.

In a recent interview with Tom Potter for Q on CBC Radio One, the "Teenage Dream" singer said that she "crashed" after their split, which happened the same year that her "Witness" album was met with mixed reviews.   

"I had broken up with my boyfriend, who is now my baby-daddy-to-be, and then I was excited about flying high off the next record," Perry said. "But the validation did not make me high, and so I just crashed."

The "Daisies" singer said that "gratitude" saved her life and "if I did not find that, I would have wallowed in my own sadness and probably just jumped."

Bloom, who has a son named Flynn with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, proposed to Perry on Valentine's Day in 2019, while in a helicopter. 

In March, the "Fireworks" singer revealed that she and Bloom are expecting their first child together, by releasing the music video for her new song "Never Worn White." The following month, Perry said that they're having a girl.

Speaking to People, Perry said their split was beneficial because they needed to go on separate journeys and rejoin once they were whole. Her upcoming album, titled "Smile," includes a track called "Champagne Problems" that was inspired by their relationship struggles. 

"It's a song that really talks about how intense it's gotten and how many things we have had to go through. Yes, we have problems. Everybody has challenges in a relationship," Perry said. "If it's a real relationship, it's going to challenge you into your best self."

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