“A shallow person will have only shallow relationships,” Bloom wrote on Instagram the day of their engagement. “Real love is not one person clinging to another, it can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality. Antoine de Saint- Exupery, author of The Little Prince wrote in a work called Wind, Sand and Stars, ‘Love is not two people gazing at each other, but two people looking ahead together in the same direction.'”
It’s been quite the ride for the couple, who first began a flirtation in early 2016 and, through several ups and downs, made their way to a proposal. Below, check out a complete timeline of their relationship:
January 2016: Perry and Bloom reportedly have a mild flirtation at a Golden Globes after-party. “Katy and Orlando had a total dance-off — it was the best part of the party,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “Katy literally dropped to the floor and was waving her booty around, beckoning Orlando.” That same month, they saw a production of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey in Culver City, California and posed for a photo.
May 2016: Us Weekly reports Bloom and Perry are an item but are consciously avoiding being photographed together. A prime example of this was at the amfAR Gala during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where they sat at separate tables.
That same month, she seemingly made the relationship Instagram official by posting this cute pic of herself and Bloom in Cannes.
August 2016: Bloom goes nude while paddleboarding with Perry, and the photos go viral. “It was extremely surprising,” he told Elle UK about the incident. “I wouldn’t have put myself in that position if I’d thought it would happen. I’ve been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar.”
October 2016: Couples costume alert! For Kate Hudson’s annual Halloween party, Perry dressed as Hillary Clinton, while Bloom opted for a ridiculous and hilarious Donald Trump look.
March 2017: Us Weekly reports Bloom and Perry are taking a break from their relationship. “Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time,” their reps told the magazine in an exclusive statement. Perry addressed the split on Twitter, writing, “HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017⁉️U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one’s a victim or a villain, get a life y’all!😘”
June 2017: Perry ranks how her ex-boyfriends performed in bed, placing John Mayer first, followed by Bloom and then Diplo.
August 2017: Bloom and Perry reunite to attend Ed Sheeran’s concert in Los Angeles. “I think people are in and out of your life. It’s nice to keep people you love around you,” she told Sirius XM’s “The Morning Mashup” about their hangout, according to Page Six.
February 2018: The couple officially gets back together. In April, she tells Entertainment Tonight, “I have been spoken for and speak for myself.”
September 2018: After a few months of dating again (and casually meeting the Pope), Perry and Bloom make their red carpet debut at the Gala for the Global Ocean in Monaco.
February 2019: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom announce their engagement on Instagram. “Full bloom,” Perry wrote alongside a photo of her stunning, flower-shaped ring. Congrats!