Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's romance trajectory beginning in January 2016 at a Golden Globes bash before their separation February 2017 — and reunion in February 2018

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February 15, 2019 12:15 PM
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On Friday the pop star posted a close-up image of the pair surrounded by numerous heart-shaped balloons, while showing off her unique flower-shaped diamond ring, which features a colorful pink jewel in the center.

“Full bloom,” she sweetly captioned the image, using a play on her husband-to-be’s name.

Bloom went on to share the same image on his own Instagram, captioning the adorable snap, “Lifetimes.”

After first linking up in January 2016 at a Golden Globes bash, Perry and Bloom had several public outings. And when Perry was honored in November 2016 by Hillary Clinton at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City, she had Bloom by her side, and she reflected on what she’d learned from him since their romance began.

“Everyone is a teacher in a relationship. That’s how I see it now,” she said to ET. “We’ve taught each other a lot.” She also gushed about him to E! News, saying the actor has “the most kind heart ever.”

In March 2017, the stars officially took a break from their relationship, both of their reps told PEOPLE at the time, but by February 2018 they were officially back on.

In honor of their engagement, we’re taking a look back at everything we know about their relationship.

They spent Thanksgiving together in 2016 … and wore matching onesies.

Perry documented the holiday gathering on her Instagram story, showing off her siblings’ and parents’ Keith and Mary Hudson’s matching pajamas. In one video, Bloom cradled a baby and smiled for the camera while Perry said, “Hello Internet!”

A later clip featured Perry’s dad joking, “Look out, here comes a turkey for Thanksgiving, and right here he is,” before the camera swept over to a laughing Bloom.

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They’ve thought about starting a family together.

In August 2016, a source told PEOPLE that Bloom wanted children with Perry.

The actor, who shares son Flynn with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, “always gushes about Katy and thinks she is amazing in a million ways,” said the source. “He would love to settle down with Katy and have more kids. He hasn’t been this serious about a girl since Miranda.”

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The two even spent the Christmas holidays with Perry’s family — and got pied in the face.

After celebrating Thanksgiving together in 2016, Bloom once again joined Perry and her family for some holiday fun — this time celebrating a white Christmas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Both the singer and actor took to social media to document the holiday soirée — and from the looks of it, the trip was full of fun, laughter and gag gifts!

Bloom played Pie Face Showdown with Perry’s brother, David. As the game began to heat up, a member of the Perry clan took matters into their own hands, pushing the whipped cream into the singer’s face.

And when they weren’t playing games or pulling pranks, Bloom was bonding with Perry’s parents Keith and Mary Hudson.


Keith posted a photo of himself smiling alongside Bloom on Facebook, showing off their new ski gear.

“Me, this dude, and my new hat,” he wrote.

Perry spent time with Bloom’s son, Flynn, and his mom, Sonia.

After enjoying a late-February Hawaiian getaway in 2016, the singer and Bloom flew to England, where she met his friends and family. Perry also spent a significant amount of time with Flynn. She first met him in February before attending Robert Downey Jr.’s son’s birthday party with Flynn and Bloom.

“Orlando is very protective of his son,” a source told PEOPLE. “To introduce Flynn to Katy, she must mean [a lot] to him.”

Perry transformed herself into Hillary Clinton while Bloom dressed up as a cartoonish Donald Trump — complete with a “Make America Great Again” hat.

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They really, really enjoy spending time together.

The two flew to Hawaii in February 2016, going for long walks, taking helicopter rides and relaxing together. “Katy hasn’t looked happier. She always has the biggest smile when she is around Orlando,” a source told PEOPLE.

In summer 2016, the two vacationed in Italy and France.

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They hung out with each other’s friends.

In addition to Perry accompanying Bloom and his son to a party in February 2016, Perry also met several of the actor’s friends, including Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. And it goes both ways: “Orlando attends events and parties that are important to Katy,” a source said.

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While their social circles have mixed, they give each other space to live their own lives.

“They’ve been getting along really well,” a source told PEOPLE in August 2016. “Katy gives him space, and they’re both pretty independent. They are serious about each other and their relationship.”

They don’t shy away from PDA.

Whenever the two were spotted together, they looked giggly and happy, according to inside sources. When they were first seen vibing at the Golden Globes in January 2016, they spent an hour-and-a-half chatting and even shared a drink.

The two hit up Coachella arm-in-arm.

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They support each other.

Bloom attended Perry’s pre-Grammys celebration, The Creators Party presented by Spotify, in February 2016. “It’s really sweet,” a source inside the event told PEOPLE. “The party is for music producers and artists only but Orlando showed up a bit later and they’re together.”

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Bloom sat by Perry’s side as she was honored by Hillary Clinton at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in November 2016, and the two exchanged kisses all night.

“He was a previous award recipient last year, so he knows it better than I,” the singer told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet. “And he’s been a UNICEF ambassador for over 10 years and I’ve only been a few years, so he’s kind of shown me some of the ropes.”

Katy threw Orlando’s 40th birthday bash.

The singer helped Bloom ring in the big 4-0 with the ultimate surprise bash in January 2017.

The Palm Springs, California, party was well-documented on social media, including on Perry’s Instagram story — which featured video of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor blowing out the candles on his owl-themed birthday cake.

Among the celebrity guests in attendance were the couple’s friends Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.

The biggest guest of all — and cutest surprise of the night — was Bloom’s mom. He shared an adorable photo of the two embracing after his mom made her surprise entrance.

“Best gift ever surprise visit from me mum,” he wrote.

They were spotted together at the annual Vanity Fair Oscars party before announcing their split.

The couple continued their tradition of only posing together inside events, and cozied up for the camera — Perry in a shimmering, bronze gown and still sporting her platinum locks and Bloom in a dapper black tux.

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However, an onlooker told PEOPLE the duo — who had been dating for more than a year — didn’t haven’t much interaction aside from posing for the photo together and mainly mingled with their own friends.

“Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando,” said the source. “They got together for a photo, but that was about it.”

One day after all the Oscars festivities, Bloom posted a photo of himself snuggling with Perry’s dog. “A mighty heart,” he wrote on the photo.

The new year took both stars overseas though, with Bloom just returned from a UNICEF mission to Diffa, the southeast region of Niger. In late January 2017, Bloom also popped into a high school in Greater Manchester, England, to visit a drama class with his own former teacher.

Perry had been busy promoting and performing her single, “Chained to the Rhythm” – first at the Grammys in Los Angeles, and then in the U.K. at the BRIT Awards.

There were no hard feelings post-split.

The actor opened up about his split from the 33-year-old singer in the May 2017 issue of ELLE UK, saying things were amicable.

“We’re friends, it’s good,” he said in the issue. “We’re all grown up. She happens to be someone who is very visible, but I don’t think anybody cares about what I’m up to. Nor should they. It’s between us. It’s better to set an example for kids and show that [breakups] don’t have to be about hate.”

Perry expressed similar sentiments following the end of their yearlong relationship, urging fans not to pit the two against each another.

“HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017!?” she tweeted. “U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one’s a victim or a villain, get a life y’all!”

They were spotted together at an Ed Sheeran concert.

Six months after announcing they split, Perry and Bloom were spotted together at an Ed Sheeran concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in August 2017.

“[Orlando] and Katy have been in touch since they broke up,” a source told PEOPLE. “They ended things as friends. They continue to be friends.”

Perry addressed reconciliation rumors.

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The pop star opened up about rumors that she was getting back together with her ex-beau after the two were spotted together at the Ed Sheeran concert.

“Well, you know, I think people are in and out of your life,” she told The Morning Mashup, a SiriusXM Hits 1 program. “It’s nice to keep people you love around you. When you get older, lines get blurred. And you know what, I’m really busy. I’m about to go on tour for another year.”

They spent Labor Day together.

The pair reunited over Labor Day weekend with a trip to a Santa Barbara, California, luxury hotel. The two showed off their toned bodies as they hit the beach to go paddleboarding in September 2017 in photos posted on the site Celebrity WotNot.

Back together again!

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Two months after they fueled reconciliation rumors by vacationing together in the Maldives, the exes got tongues wagging again in February 2018 by reuniting in Europe.

“After Orlando and Katy split, they stayed in touch. It wasn’t some awful split. They were just busy with their careers and it wasn’t working,” a source told PEOPLE.

“In the past few months, they have spent a lot of time together. They both love traveling and are trying to share as many fun trips as possible,” the insider added. “They are dating, but not necessarily putting a label on it. They are not girlfriend and boyfriend. They do seem very happy together though. Orlando always had the nicest things to say about Katy. He loves spending time with her.”

Perry is “spoken for”.

The singer revealed details of her relationship status on the American Idol red carpet in April 2018, while shooting down Entertainment Tonight‘s questions about whether or not she’d ever date a contestant. “No, I’m sorry I have been spoken for and speak for myself,” Perry said to ET, adding, “And I’m very happy!” Asked if she’s currently spoken for, Perry insisted to the outlet, “Yeah, of course I am!”

Trips galore!

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“Orlando and Katy are great. They are dating exclusively again and things seem more serious,” a source told PEOPLE just one day after the duo met Pope Francis in Vatican City and explored some of Rome’s famed sights in April 2018. “They are both excited about it and don’t want to hide, but at the same time they are trying to keep privacy as well,” the source added.

The following month, she made a quick trip to London in order to catch Bloom’s performance in the West End revival of Tracy Letts’ play Killer Joe.

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Leaving little doubt over the strength of her affections for the actor, Perry posted a photo of the show’s Playbill on her Instagram Story, appearing to add a sweet heart-filled sticker above an image of Bloom’s face.

Around the same time, Bloom shared promo art for the show on his social page.

I need a season pass for that ass,” Perry wrote, her flirtation captured by the popular Instagram account Comments by Celebs.

“Oops I meant to send that to you privately,” she added in a separate comment.

Baby got back!

In September 2018, months after requesting “a season pass” to Bloom’s ass, he apparently delivered.

Perry posted a video to her Instagram story of her boyfriend shaking his butt to hip-hop classic “Baby Got Back.” In it, the Lord of the Rings star is in the process of putting on a tuxedo, but he stops to do a little dance at Perry’s request, laughing into the camera. Perry added a sticker to the clip that says “Lemme touch ur butt” inside a pink heart.

They made it Red Carpet Official (again).

The pair made their red carpet debut at the Gala for the Global Ocean at the Opera of Monte-Carlo in Monaco on Sept. 26, 2018.

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For the outing, Bloom sported a smart black suit and white shirt, sans tie, while Perry rocked a curve-hugging Tom Ford gown with disco ball-like metallic sleeves, accessorizing with diamond earrings and a giant rock on her right pointer finger.

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Perry donned a rustic straw hat, pink-tinged aviators and a pink floral sundress as she took in the views of the beautiful coastline, while Bloom opted for a more basic T-shirt, dark slacks and black baseball cap.

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Together they snapped some scenic shots, including one with the “Swish Swish” singer posing with a decked-out donkey.

Birds of a feather go to galas together.

There was no missing Perry at the amfAR Gala Los Angeles red carpet on Oct. 18, 2018!

The singer (and one of the night’s honorees) arrived to the charity event wearing a show-stopping body-skimming powder blue gown with flared hem, which featured a bow-adorned bodice surrounded by oversize feathers and tulle appliqués that made her a sure-fire stand-out on the carpet. She added Bulgari gems and Christian Louboutin heels.

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Bloom was by her side in a navy blue Canali tuxedo.

They had a very expensive date night.

While attending the One Love Malibu Festival benefit concert in early December — a charity event raising money to help Malibu rebuild following the devastating California wildfires — Perry took to the stage to help auction off a date with her boyfriend, but as she explained what exactly the experience would entail, she began having second thoughts.

“You can do a motorcycle ride with him to a lunch destination to have lunch with Orlando freaking Bloom,” she told the crowd, according to a video posted by Instagram account kpaddict.

“That also means that when you are on the motorcycle with him you’re holding him in a way that I am not excited about,” she remarked, her voice rising in pitch.

Making the offer even more enticing, another fan video captured Perry explaining that in addition to getting to hold on to his chiseled pecs and abs during the motorcycle ride, one lucky person would also “get to stare into his brown eyes.”

However, while one fan, who later identified herself as Laura, did end up placing a $20,000 bid on the date, before the price went up any higher, Perry stepped in to shut it down.

“Laura, I’m sorry — I’m buying it for $50,000,” Perry told the crowd.

The time they took an “Elfie” at Fa La Land.

These two definitely aren’t lacking any holiday spirit!

In December 2018, Perry shared an adorable selfie on her Instagram story of the couple posing in front of rows upon rows of elves on shelves — a display that’s part of pop-up Christmas museum Fa La Land, located in East Los Angeles.

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In the photo, Bloom and Perry are touching foreheads and smiling sweetly at the camera. Sporting a red beret and matching plaid dress, the “Roar” musician blended in perfectly with her surroundings.

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She also shared a solo selfie in front of the elves and another photo where she’s sitting in a swing below a red sign that reads, “Candyfornia.” Perry captioned it, “Ye olde stomping grounds!” and tagged the venue with a geo-stamp.

They had a “Hot N Cold” Christmas.

Perry and Bloom enjoyed a Hawaiian holiday on the beach with an afternoon spent floating in the sea snorkeling.

Perry was snapped in a blue floral bandeau bikini, while Bloom donned red swim trunks as they carried their respective gear.

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The couple also romped through the waves with their identical-looking dogs Nugget and Mighty, who joined them on their winter getaway to paradise.

“keeping with the dog photo theme…I got nothin,” Bloom captioned a dog-gone cute Instagram photo.

The pop star shared an adorable photo on her Instagram standing in a lagoon with her boyfriend, a waterfall in the background and a rainbow arching above them. In the gorgeous snap, the pair have their arms wrapped around each other and are throwing up the peace sign. Also visible is Perry’s ear-to-ear grin.

“End of the rainbow kind of love,” she captioned it alongside the rainbow emoji. “Gold,” Bloom replied.

Days later, the couple were spotted in snowy Aspen, Colorado. Perry wore an all-gray snowsuit for the occasion while her movie star beau spiced up his own look with a bit of camouflage. That night, they were seen leaving the acclaimed Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, where they partied with Kate Hudson, her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa and Perry’s ex Diplo.

Bloom shared a sweet photo from their trip on his Instagram, which shows him and Katy lying in the snow with their boards strapped to their boots. He captioned it simply with the heart emoji, while Perry replied, “Through whatever weather doe.”

The holiday vacation rounded out “a very special year for Orlando and Katy,” a source previously told PEOPLE exclusively, adding that “they are doing incredibly well. They seem beyond happy and very serious.”

The insider added that their families are mixing well, also.

“Katy is amazing with Orlando’s son. She is very involved in his life. It makes Orlando very happy. They will spend part of the holidays together and some days apart as well. They have a trip planned to celebrate New Years’ together,” the source said.

She shared a special 42nd birthday wish.

Perry wished her man a happy birthday on Jan. 13, 2019 with a sweet Instagram tribute.

“Happiest 42nd birthday to the kindest and cutest man I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with,” she wrote alongside a shot of the actor wearing a sweatshirt that read “Woman Power.”

Sharing his appreciation, Bloom commented on the photo, packing on the praise for his paramour.

“My MG,” he wrote, adding a heart emoji.

Bloom also included an owl emoji in his comment, appearing to suggest how wise his girlfriend is.

They’re engaged!

On Feb. 15, 2019, the stars shared their big news in matching Instagram posts, hers reading “full bloom” and his “Lifetimes.”

But most striking about the photo? That rock! Perry showed off her stunning engagement ring, a pink stone surrounded by diamonds forming a flower-like pattern.