Everyone remembers where they were in 2016 when they discovered that Orlando Bloom had been photographed by paparazzi paddle boarding naked while on vacation. (Okay, maybe you don’t remember where you were, but you probably did a double-take and definitely clicked on some articles in the hopes of seeing his penis.)
Since that fateful week, confusion has surrounded the iconic photo. Why was Orlando Bloom paddle boarding naked? Why was his fellow paddle boarder, then-girlfriend Katy Perry, not naked?
Fortunately for inquiring minds (i.e., people who should be working but are getting sucked into an internet hole instead), Katy Perry recently explained Bloom’s penchant for naked water sports — and why she herself refrained from going nude.
Bloom has explained in the past that the island vibes on the couple’s vacation simply made him feel like living in the buff. “We’d been completely alone for five days,” he told Elle UK. “Nothing around us. There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free… What can I tell you? Note to self: you’re never free. Ha!”
And apparently, Perry just wasn’t wasn’t feeling the same amount of, um, “freedom.”
“He asked me if I wanted to be (naked) and I was just like, it’s one of those things where I was like, ‘Oh, nah,'” she said during an interview with KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O. “You know when you’re dating someone sometimes, it’s exciting to be like, ‘Oh, should we try and make out over here in this place?’ or what have you. And I was just not in the mood. I saved it for the boat!'”
(They had sex on the boat, guys.)
I’m glad someone was able to demystify the Orlando Bloom penis pics. Although, in all fairness, I think everybody is still just looking for an excuse to bring up these photos in conversation as much as possible.