Katy Perry’s visit to meet the Pope with her “darling” Orlando Bloom really was a date between a steady, back-on, exclusive couple, People is reporting. A source told the outlet that Perry and Bloom “are dating exclusively again and things seem more serious. They are both excited about it and don’t want to hide, but at the same time they are trying to keep privacy as well. It’s obvious that they both missed each other after their split.”
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“Their relationship seems stronger now,” the source continued. “Orlando got sick of being single. Dating different women is not so alluring to him anymore.”
Things are so official now—and had been heading that way for some time—that Bloom didn’t even shoot down the idea of them being back together in an interview released April 28 (and likely conducted some time before). Instead, he ended up talking to The Times about how falling in love with Perry surprised him.
“She’s a remarkable human being, actually,” he started. “Completely surprising, because I am not her demographic. I am a little older than her, so I wasn’t someone overly familiar with her artistic endeavors when we met. I wouldn’t have imagined anything happening. And, you know, when you get hit sideways, you get hit sideways. You don’t pick who you fall in love with. And then you come around and there’s all sorts of things that happen in between, right?”
“We have had,” he continued, correcting his tense because he wasn’t ready to give too much away at that point, presumably. “We had a really remarkable connection. And it’s difficult. She’s on tour, I’m doing a play, everything evolves. I have a lot of respect for her and a lot of deep feeling. So we will see.”
Perry hinted at the official status change in an interview with Entertainment Tonight last week, when she described herself as having “been spoken for” dating-wise. “I’m very happy!” she said.
Bloom and Perry originally announced they were “taking respectful, loving space at this time” in March 2017 (though Bloom didn’t stop liking Perry’s photos on Instagram). Rumors of them dating again first sparked in August 2017, though it wasn’t clear how serious or exclusive it was.