Orlando Bloom Gets Candid About Katy Perry and Paddleboarding in the Buff

Orlando Bloom settles the story behind his naked paddle boarding photos once and for all in an interview with ELLE U.K.

Bloom admits that photographs from his vacation with ex Katy Perry were just as surprising to him as they were to the general public.

“I wouldn’t have put myself in that position if I’d thought it would happen,” the actor tells ELLE U.K. “I’ve been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar.”

Bloom explains that he and Perry had been “completely alone” for five days. “There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free,” he says.

Without mentioning her name, Bloom notes that he and Perry are “friends” after they broke up in March. 

“It’s good. We’re all grown-up. She happens to be someone who is very visible, but I don’t think anybody cares what I’m up to. Nor should they,” says Bloom. “It’s between us. It’s better to set an example for kids and show that [break-ups] don’t have to be about hate.”

Bloom, who shares a six-year-old son with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr, also discusses how aging in Hollywood has helped him feel liberated from the constant cycle of “pretty boy” roles. He says he looks forward to what the next decade will bring.

“You see these victims all around you: 15 minutes of fame, a YouTube sensation, whatever it may be. They don’t realise what it takes,” he says of the younger generation of entertainers. “What you want to do is learn how to suit up and get out of that burning car with grace, ease and integrity.”

Read the full profile that explores his relationship with Kerr and devotion to Buddhism over on ELLE U.K.‘s website.