Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr’s split announcement last week amid revelations they have been “amicably separated” for months led to speculation about reasons, with Justin Bieber emerging front and center following a report in Britain’s Sunday People.
It was claimed Kerr, 30, and the then 18-year-old singer “flirted” backstage at a Victoria’s Secret show she modeled in and he performed at last November.
A source allegedly told the UK publication the pair continued their shenanigans at a hotel after-party and Bloom “wasn’t exactly thrilled about it” when he allegedly heard about it.
The source added the Australian model taught Flynn, her son with Orlando, to say “Bieber Fever,” with Us magazine later claiming Justin and Miranda exchanged “dirty texts” and that their friendship led to “non-stop” arguing with her husband.
Doubt about the veracity of these claims has been raised by some outlets, notably in the Montreal Gazette which picked up on the lack of “evidence” for citing Bieber’s involvement in the demise of Bloom and Kerr’s six-year relationship.
Meanwhile, Bloom and Kerr have bucked expectations and were seen with their 2 1/2 year-old son in New York City at the weekend enjoying a family day out and smiling for the paps trailing them.
Kerr later posted a fun Instagram of herself and her son playing dress-up over Halloween.
Since then, Bloom has given talked about the split on The Colbert Show on Tuesday and in a sit-down on Katie Couric, in an interview which airs Friday.
“We love each other, we’re a family,” the Brit actor told Couric.”We’re going to be in each other’s lives for the rest of our lives. There’s no question that for the sake of our son and everything else, we’re going to support one another and love each other as parents to Flynn.”
He went on to add, “Life sometimes doesn’t work out exactly as we plan or hope for. But fortunately we’re both, you know we’re adults. I mean I’m 36 now, she’s [Kerr] 30, and we’re professionals and we love and care about each other, and we most of all — we love our son.”
In the extract Bieber wasn’t mentioned, although the full interview is yet to air. But Bloom’s comments and demeanor were strikingly at odds with the impression of a man who would care one way or the other about his wife’s reported tastes in popular music — or his son’s, for that matter.
For his part, Bieber appeared to address the speculation on Twitter on Wednesday, writing,
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 30, 2013
His mother, Pattie Mallette, currently traveling with the teen singer on the Latin America leg of his Believe world tour, added her take on the rumor mill surrounding her son.
— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) October 30, 2013
It remains to be seen how much longer tabloid claims about Bieber, Kerr, and Bloom will continue to be reported without serious questions being asked about credibility and ethics.
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