There’s more on the on-going war between Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom, but before I get to that, I’d like to discuss this oddly mean story in Page Six. I guess Page Six’s gossipers were asking themselves, “How did Orlando Bloom get in the position where he looks like a loser for trying to punch Justin Bieber?” And the answer they came up with is “bad career moves.” Oh, and “partying.” Which is weird, because while Orly was married, he wasn’t much of a party guy. He wasn’t hitting up the clubs on the reg, you know? Anyway, here’s the Page Six story:
Orlando Bloom is still devoted to Miranda Kerr and would still be married to her if career frustrations weren’t driving him to party too much, friends in London say. Last Wednesday in Ibiza, Bloom took a swing at Justin Bieber, 20, to defend the honor of the mother of his 3-year-old son, Flynn, whom he adores.
“Orlando’s very frustrated right now about his career and his private life. He maintains the split with Miranda was completely amicable — many of us had no idea they were about to separate,” said one friend. “He won’t hear a word against Miranda.”
The two split last October, after three years of marriage. The 37-year-old Bloom is said to be bored by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters, and happy he doesn’t have to play Legolas the Elf anymore in “Lord of the Rings.”
“He really wants edgy indie roles, but there haven’t been too many of them, and the small films he has landed have not taken off,” his pal said. “This time two years ago he went to South Africa to film ‘Zulu’ with Forest Whitaker, but it can’t get a release in the US,” the friend said. “And he still bitterly regrets listening to his agent who advised him to pull out of the Nick Hornby film ‘An Education’ that went on to be a stellar success with Dominic Cooper in the role.”
Another well-placed source said, “Orlando is jaded and highly strung right now, and there’s a genuine worry among his [London] friends that he’ll go off the rails. He’s been partying so much in the last year and that partly caused his split with Miranda. He doesn’t know how to say no when guy friends ask him to go out,” the source adds.
Kerr, 31, one of the hardest working models in the world, is totally focused on her career.
“Work to [Bloom] isn’t the be-all and end-all,” said his friend. “They are both great parents. Flynn will turn out great. But Orlando needs to sort himself out.”
As for his love life: “He’s had a few dates with [model] Laura Paine and actress Nora Arnezeder, who he met through Zoe Saldana but nothing serious.”
Bloom’s representative had no comment.
Huh. This is a really interesting take on things. Do you think Orlando really won’t listen to anyone who’s like, “Hey, your wife banged Justin Bieber”? But other than that… yes, this makes sense. I didn’t know Orly was offered Dominic Cooper’s role in An Education – that was a smaller, supporting part but it would have been interesting if Orlando had played it (the really god male role was played by Peter Sarsgaard though).
As for the continuing Bieber-Bloom Kerfuffle, Page Six also says that Baby Biebs had Orlando nixed from a high-profile party at a nightclub celebrating Riccardo Tisci. All of the Kardashians were there, and Orlando was supposed to attend. Orly even went right up to the door of the club, but Bieber’s people got Orly dis-invited:
Justin Bieber avoided round two with Orlando Bloom Friday night. After being punched by Bloom in Ibiza during a nightclub argument over supermodel Miranda Kerr, Bieber this time had Bloom barred from entering a party where the two were set to cross paths again. Bieber was inside a private, star-studded 40th-birthday bash Friday night for Givenchy fashion designer Riccardo Tisci — where guests included Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Diddy, Jared Leto, Kate Moss, Kardashian’s mom Kris Jenner and little sister Kendall Jenner.
Ibiza spies said Bloom was on the way as a late arrival, but that when he got to the starry bash, Bieber, who was already inside, had his entourage insist organizers keep Bloom out. Bloom then left as Bieber partied inside, spies said.
We are living in a world in which Baby Biebs can “pull rank” and have Orlando Bloom nixed from a party list. THANKS OBAMA. But seriously, Orlando needs to get the hell out of town. He doesn’t look good here.
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.