In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Orlando Bloom said that he was celibate for six months before he started dating his now-fiancee Katy Perry. According to Us Magazine, the actor said that he was not in a happy place before his decision to abstain from sex, deciding to give celibacy a try upon the advice of a friend.
"[My friend] Laird said 'if you want to be serious about a relationship, go celibate for a few months and figure it out,'" said Bloom.
He added that celibacy allows people to focus on the idea of forming friendships while in social situations -- rather than thinking about meeting someone solely for physical attraction and intimacy.
"I was suddenly like 'oh, I can have a relationship with a woman that is just friends,'" said Bloom.
The Carnival Row star explained that he initially planned on being abstinent for only three months, but then he started to notice more perks with being celibate. Bloom said that he was able to relate to women on a different level while celibate, and he also enjoyed the way he related to "the feminine within [himself]."
He revealed that he did not look at porn or pleasure himself during his six months of celibacy, saying that he felt porn was "disruptive to [a person's] sex life."
Bloom then met Perry at a Golden Globes afterparty in 2016. Despite having met before, he said that their meet-cute at the afterparty was when they "actually hung out and connected."
The couple dated for almost three years before the Pirates of the Caribbean star proposed in January 2019.
"She's very surprising. She's witty and smart and intelligent. She's charismatic, but she's direct too, and this dynamic was intriguing to me."
Bloom and Perry are currently expecting their first child together. The "Firework" singer confirmed her pregnancy with Bloom in a recent music video for her new single, "Never Worn White." She then took to Twitter, joking that she was happy to not have to suck her baby bump in anymore.
Despite the excitement, Perry has had to dispel rumors that their pregnancy was an accident. In an interview with SiriusXM on March 6, she spoke to radio host Mikey Piff about her pregnancy.
"Well, it wasn't on accident," said Perry.
The pop singer added that she is grateful for everything she has achieved so far, saying that she has been able to check a lot of life goals off her list.