Katy Perry On Dating Orlando Bloom: ‘What Kind Of Life Is This?’

Katy Perry recently opened up about her relationship with actor Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) and shared the obstacles their relationship faces. While most celebrities cite complications from privacy-invading paparazzi and demanding career obligations, Perry reveals that, for her, the thing that most often dampens her romance with Bloom has more to do with logistics. Katy confesses that she’s not fond of the drive required to meet up with Orlando, revealing that the two lovers live far apart.

Katy Perry Isn’t Fond Of That Malibu Drive


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Us Weekly shares what Katy considers to be the greatest downside to dating Orlando Bloom: It’s a long drive from Los Angeles, where Katy lives, to Orlando’s Malibu home. The singer confesses that she’s not very fond of taking the road trip when she wants to get together with her boyfriend.

“My boyfriend lives in Malibu, and getting used to that [drive] was like, ‘Are you kidding me? What kind of life is this?’”

On the up side, Perry revealed that driving up to Malibu so often has helped her make it home to see her family in Santa Barbara, where she was raised. Katy says she still hasn’t gotten used to the hour-long drive out to Malibu but adds that as long as she’s going that far, she might as well go back home for a visit as well, considering it’s just another hour added to her drive.

“I still spend a lot of time there because I grew up there,” Ms. Perry said. “I grew up in the poorest part of Santa Barbara… Actually my boyfriend didn’t even believe me and I was like, ‘I’m going to drive you by my house’ and you can Google Earth it.”

Even so, she wishes Orlando would move closer. She points out that, while it is nice to live on the beach, Malibu is so far removed from the bustle of Los Angeles that no one will make the effort to drive out to Malibu to visit Bloom. No one, except Ms. Perry, herself.

Katy Perry Surprises Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivor

This is one of the most emotional segments we've ever done on the show. @katyperry

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The Orlando nightclub shooting this past June killed 49 people, but as E! News shares, Tony Marrero was not among the slain. Instead, Tony was an Orlando victim of another sort, left behind to make sense of what had happened and to come to terms with his own PTSD. It has been a difficult healing process, but the Orlando shooting survivor revealed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that listening to Katy Perry’s music was key in enabling him to move forward. At that moment, Katy surprised Tony by walking out on stage, her face wet from tears at having heard Marrero’s confession.

“I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. Your story is so inspirational,” Ms. Perry said to Tony.

While Tony was present in the Orlando nightclub, Pulse, on the night of the shootings and has survived the violent attack, that’s not to say he escaped unscathed. Marrero took five bullets, having been shot four times in the back and again in the arm, but he somehow came away from the incident without having had his spine or any vital organs punctured by the bullets. In telling his story, he revealed that he had actually died on the way to the hospital but had been revived.

“I just want to say thank you for everything you do. Your lyrics to that song helped me from the day that I was in the hospital all the way to now. You’re amazing,” Tony said to Katy.

Ms. Perry said she was told of Tony’s dreams to become a filmmaker and revealed that his story of survival had inspired her so much that she felt compelled to offer him a gift to be used toward achieving his dreams.

“I heard that you’re creative just like me and you have dreams and you want to go out there and do good and fulfill them,” Ms. Perry told the Orlando shooting survivor. “I heard that you want to go to film school so I personally want to pay for your first year at film school.”

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