By Josh Duboff. Photos: Getty Images.
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry had one of 2016’s most surprising, and ultimately most high-profile, celebrity relationships. After connecting at the Golden Globes, sharing a vape pen, the two quickly became quite serious, attending Cannes together, campaigning for Hillary Clinton over the summer, and, memorably, paddleboarding in the nude (Bloom, not Perry, that is) while on vacation.
Sadly, about a year after they started dating, the pair confirmed their split in March. But the two still regularly engage on Instagram (which is the surest sign we are dealing with friendly exes), and Bloom is now explaining, for the first time, that they are, yes, say it with us now, on very good terms.
Bloom told Elle U.K., “We’re friends, it’s good. We’re all grown up. She happens to be someone who is very visible, but I don’t think anybody cares about what I’m up to. Nor should they. It’s between us. It’s better to set an example for kids and show that [breakups] don’t have to be about hate.”
They’re friends, it’s good! (Gwyneth Paltrow, who of course was the very first human to have a split on good terms, is no doubt beaming at this language.)
Perry commented in a similar vein about the breakup in March, tweeting, “HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017!? U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one’s a victim or a villain, get a life y’all!”
Bloom also noted in the interview that he has a great relationship with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, who is the mother of his son, Flynn, and current fiancée to Snapchat C.E.O. Evan Speigel. “With Miranda, there was a sense that I don’t want my son to go back through the Internet where people made up lies,” Bloom said. “Miranda and I have a remarkable relationship. We coparent really well.”
And yes, we know you’re wondering, Bloom also addressed the infamous nude paddleboarding photographs, explaining that if he had known he would be caught by photographers, he would have definitely covered up.
“It was extremely surprising, I wouldn’t have put myself in that position if I’d thought it would happen,” he said. “I’ve been photographed a million times in a million different ways. I have a good radar. We’d been completely alone for five days. Nothing around us. There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free . . . What can I tell you? Note to self: you’re never free. Ha!”
Who knew the Orlando Bloom paddleboarding situation would eventually elicit a “catch phrase”—“Note to self: you’re never free”—that feels like it could be either the tagline to a horror movie or the caption to pretty much any New Yorker cartoon.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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