A Timeline of Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's Relationship
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom appear to be back together. Perry first alluded to the news during a recent press junket for American Idol, stating: “I have been spoken for and speak for myself. And I’m very happy."
Now, the couple was spotted together in Vatican City, Italy, where Perry was giving a talk on meditation for a Unite toCure conference -- and taking the chance to meet with Pope Francis.
While there has been no confirmation that Perry and Bloom are officially an item again, the two are nonetheless back in the media spotlight as they step out together. Here’s a brief history of Perry and Bloom’s on-again, off-again relationship.
January 2016: Bloom and Perry Hang Near Each Other At an After Party, Go on to Catch a Play Together
On January 10, 2016, Perry and Bloom notably caught up and gave off flirtatious vibes at the Weinstein Company/Netflix Golden Globes after party at Sunset Tower -- and it even culminated in a dance party. According to an US Magazine source, “Katy and Orlando Bloom had a total dance-off — it was the best part of the party. Katy literally dropped to the floor and was waving her booty around, beckoning Orlando.” Rumors flew from there -- was Perrybloom a thing?
Perrybloom went on to be spotted multiple times that month, even catching the play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey together in LA. While the two kept a sliver of physical distance, they seemed to having a ball in each other’s company.
February 2016: The Two Catch an Adele Concert, Head Out to Hawaii
On February 12, as reported by The Daily Mail, the giddy pair were spotted at an Adele concert, clearly making romantic overtures while enjoying tunes like “Rolling in the Deep.” It was further cemented that the two were not “just friends” when they fled to Hawaii on holiday.
April 2016: Perrybloom Heads to Coachella
The pair enjoyed their Coachella getaway, of which fellow festival-goers reported tons of PDA. "They came in about 20 minutes into The Kills' set," a source told E! News. "They were hugging and with a group of other people. Orlando was behind her and swaying with her to the music. They also were vaping together. They were kissing and very much a couple." Still, their official couplehood hadn’t quite been confirmed.
April 2016: After Some Will-They/Won’t-They, Perry and Bloom Announce They’re a Thing
The two attended The Met Gala in New York, but much to the let-down of the rumor mill, Perry and Bloom walked the red carpet separately -- but they both wore matching Tamagotchis as per the exhibit’s “Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme. It wasn’t until May 20 that Perry finally broke the ice that the two were going steady, posting a photo of the couple sprawled on a mansion staircase with the caption, “We cannes’t.”
August 2016: Bloom Bares All in an Infamous Paddleboard Ride, The Tabloids Lose It
Suddenly, Perrybloom didn’t seem so subtle or coy. A photo leaked of Bloom and Perry on an Italian vacation, with Perry relaxing on a paddleboard with a beer while Bloom went nude. The spectacle made the NY Daily News front page with the caption “Blooming oarsome Orlando.”
October 2016: Perrybloom Steps Out in Costume as Trump and Hillary
The bleeding-heart couple who backed the Clinton campaign showed up for Kate Hudson’s Halloween party with some ambition -- Perry as a freakily-realistic Hillary Clinton and Bloom as a cross between Donald Trump and a troll doll. Apparently, Perry took hours and hours of prosthetic work for the intended effect, resulting in a creepy uncanny-valley vibe. Bloom, in turn, slapped on some giant hair and a MAGA cap.
November 2016: Love Will Tear Us Apart Again?
Rumors of the couple’s dissolution started to abound that November. According to an InTouch Weekly source, it was Bloom who ended it, citing his unreadiness to “get married and have babies.” But another source for the same publication suggested otherwise: She said they were on different life paths and as much as she likes him, it's time to move on.” However, these rumors were dispelled by Bloom and Perry showing up as a unit for Thanksgiving.
January 2017: The Pair Throw Each Other International Bashes
Perry and Bloom spent this month throwing each other outsized displays of affection -- first on a New Year’s trip to Tokyo’s Sanrio theme park, and then a lavish 40th birthday party Perry threw for Bloom in Palm Springs -- culminating in onesies emblazoned with Bloom’s visage for all the guests!
February 2017: Cracks Begin to Show
The two were pictured at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, but a sliver of frostiness seemed to develop between the pair, with some in attendance noting they didn’t seem as close as usual -- the two had taken some recent time apart, and it didn’t seem the same.
March 2017: I Know It’s Over
All the foreshadowing turned out to be true -- Perrybloom officially split in March of 2017. Said a joint statement from their reps: "Before rumours or falsifications get out of hand, we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”
August 2017: The Pair Cuddles Up at an Ed Sheeran Gig
After half a year apart, Perry and Bloom were spotted getting cozy at Staples Center for an Ed Sheeran gig. Cosmopolitan took this as proof the former couple were an item again.
January 2018: Back to Japan (and the Maldives!)
Turns out the pair’s Japanese getaway in 2017 wasn’t just a one-off: it was a tradition. Things seemed to be looking up for Perrybloom when they headed back to Sanrio and went on the Hello Kitty ride once again. A week later, the couple were spotted in the Maldives, looking contented.
Katy Perry with Orlando Bloom today ... -- pic.twitter.com/TkoDOuFoMM— KATY PERRY NEWS (@KPInfos) January 4, 2018
February 2018: Katy and Orlando Work it Out
After being spotted on various holidays, a source told The Sun that the couple was “back on,” explaining things thusly: “Katy 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.”
April 2018: Enter the Pope
Perry confirmed the rumor in an interview with ET this week, confirming that yes, she and Orlando Bloom are all well and good, thank you very much. The couple ended up heading to Vatican City, where they met up with Pope Francis. They were all smiles while being graced by the Catholic leader’s presence: “Honored to be in the presence of His Holiness’ compassionate heart and inclusivity,” Perry wrote on Instagram. Perrybloom have had as unpredictable a ride as any, but for now, all seems to be well.