November 30, 2016 02:35 PM

As Katy Perry was honored last night by Hillary Clinton at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City Tuesday night, she had one very important person by her side: her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom.

“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.”

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The couple — who were seen sharing sweet kisses inside the gala — recently celebrated Thanksgiving together with Perry’s family, and the star opened up about the impact Bloom, 39, has had on her life.

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

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Perry, 32, has participated in field visits to Vietnam and Madagascar with UNICEF and has also raised more than $1 million for the organization.

At the Octavia Spencer-hosted gala, Clinton, 69, presented Perry with UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. “[Katy] has the spirit and the energy and the compassion that Audrey Hepburn brought to her work for UNICEF,” the Democratic presidential nominee shared in her speech, also describing Perry as “someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up.”

“She has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 2013, she has traveled the world advocating for the rights and needs of children, she has visited some of the poorest places on Earth and lent her voice to kids who would otherwise be voiceless from remote villages to Vietnam and Madagascar,” Clinton said about Perry’s work with the organization. “She has put a spotlight on child poverty and encouraged the empowerment of women and girls.”

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Perry, who was brought to tears, thanked Clinton in her acceptance speech. “I’ve always had a voice – a singing voice – but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before. Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out. It will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people,” she said.

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