Orlando Bloom opens up about being celibate for 6 months before meeting Katy Perry

Orlando Bloom is opening up about his sex life -- revealing that he was celibate for six months before meeting Katy Perry in 2016. 

In an interview with The U.K.'sThe Sunday Times, the Carnival Row star said he turned to celibacy at the suggestion of his friend Laird Hamilton. Bloom had told the surfer he "wasn't happy." 

"Laird said, 'If you want to be serious about a relationship, go celibate for a few months and figure it out,'" he revealed. "It takes away the idea of going to a party and thinking, 'Who am I going to meet?' I was suddenly, like, 'Oh, I can have a relationship with a woman that is just friends.'" 

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - SEPTEMBER 26: Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry attend the Gala for the Global Ocean hosted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco at Opera of Monte-Carlo on September 26, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - SEPTEMBER 26: Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry attend the Gala for the Global Ocean hosted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco at Opera of Monte-Carlo on September 26, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty Images)
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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom attend the Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean 2018 on September 26, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom seen at Annabel's club on July 12, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Eagle Lee / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read PALACE LEE / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Singer Katy Perry (L) and actor Orlando Bloom attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/VF17/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Singer Katy Perry (L) and actor Orlando Bloom attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/VF17/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry attend the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for UNICEF )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry attend the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for UNICEF)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are seen at Miami International Airport on May 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are seen at Miami International Airport on May 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/GC Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Musician Katy Perry and Actor Orlando Bloom attend the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for amfAR )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Orlando Bloom (L) and singer Katy Perry attend The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party, presented with DeLeon Tequila, Laura Mercier, Lindt Chocolate, Marie Claire and Hearts On Fire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry attend The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party, presented with DeLeon Tequila, Laura Mercier, Lindt Chocolate, Marie Claire and Hearts On Fire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 10: (L-R) TV personality Conan O'Brien, actor Orlando Bloom, host J.J. Abrams and singer Katy Perry attend Coach's 3rd Annual Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children's Defense Fund hosted by Katie McGrath, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk at Bad Robot on April 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Coach)
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Bloom "was going to do three months" of celibacy, but then kept going. "I was really enjoying the way I was relating to women, and to the feminine within myself," he explained. "I know that sounds crazy."

When asked if he looked to pornography as a substitute for sex, Bloom insisted he did "completely nothing" during those months. "It was insane. I don't think it’s healthy. I don't think it was advisable. You have to keep it moving down there," he shared -- but added that he finds "porn is super disruptive to your sex life, to your libido." 

"They’ve done the studies, they can't find any kids who don't watch it. When you watch multiple people at multiple times in one evening, how is your actual real-life partner going to match up?" he noted. "It's just so destructive."

Bloom's celibacy stopped after meeting Perry at the Golden Globes in 2016. They had previously crossed paths, but never "hung out and connected." The stars dated on-and-off starting that year, and Bloom proposed on Valentine's Day in 2019. 

"So there's Katy Perry, and there's Katheryn Hudson, her real name," Bloom said of his fiancee, who is pregnant with their first child together. "Katheryn is the woman I'm really intrigued by. It's like, I'm a boy from Kent and you're a girl from Santa Barbara. That's what I'm focused on, not the bells and whistles."

"She's amazing at arranging things," the actor added. "My son put it so well. I asked, 'What’s it like with Mum and her husband [Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel]? How’s it different to us?' He smiled. 'You're the fun couple.'" 

Bloom and Perry were supposed to tie the knot this summer in Japan, but a source told ET earlier this month that they have postponed their nuptials due to the coronavirus pandemic. See more on the couple in the video below. 

 

 

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