Nearly nine months later, Orlando Bloom is still addressing those nude paddle boarding photos that spread like wildfire online.
While appearing on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday to discuss his latest film “Unlocked”, the 40-year-old actor was forced to awkwardly comment on the time he was captured by photographers paddle boarding in the buff with his then-girlfriend Katy Perry during a romantic trip to Sardinia.
“Could you take off all your clothes while sort of subtly covering your bits to camera,” the show’s host Nick Grimshaw pried while asking about Bloom’s acting skills. “I feel like actors are good at that – being naked.” Bloom replied, “Not too naked,” adding, “I’m not really worried about getting my bits and bobs out.”
“Can we talk about that?” Grimshaw asked. “Can I just tell you something? We won’t talk about it, but when you type Orlando Bloom into Google, first comes acting – because you’re great at acting. Second thing down: paddle boarding. That is number two in the world!”
Breaking into laughter, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star lamented, “My poor son; he’s got a lot to live up to.” Listening to Grimshaw’s explanation of how exactly big the news was at the time, the actor jokingly added, “I broke the Internet!”
During the interview, Bloom was also caught making a joke about his upbringing, telling Grimshaw, “I’m a pikey from Kent, boy. I’m still a pikey from Kent. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of me.” While the joke seemed harmless at the time, some listeners took offense to the star’s language, forcing both the actor and the BBC to issue an apology.
“We apologized to listeners afterwards for any offence caused,” MailOnline reports a spokesperson from the BBC saying in regards to the word “pikey,” which has been used as a derogatory slur towards the Traveller Community. “As with any live broadcast, we take great care to ensure all guests are briefed about their language before going on air.”
Bloom reportedly told the BBC following the interview, “I’ve come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that. I certainly wasn’t taking a slant at that at all. I’m very respectful.”
Bloom is currently starring alongside Noomi Rapace in the CIA thriller “Unlocked”. He recently opened up about his new action role at the film’s London premiere.