He earned our respect and admiration as the scourge of Justin Bieber, connecting on the young pop star’s jaw with a tasty right hook in an Ibiza restaurant in the summer of 2014.
On that occasion, there was an outpouring of global kudos for Orlando Bloom, the non-Belieber, especially when it emerged that Bieber had provoked Bloom by gloating, “Miranda told me, ‘I want to make a man out of you.’”
For those of you not up to speed on your supermarket tabloid gossip, here’s the backstory: the “Miranda” to whom Bieber was referring was Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, with whom Bloom was in the midst of a tricky breakup after a reasonably serious relationship—one that, strangely enough, involved getting looted by The Bling Ring. Bieber’s taunt, making out like he was having a fling with Kerr, may or may not have been grounded in truth. But, here’s the catch: Bieber was seeing Selena Gomez at the time, and thus in a reasonably serious relationship himself. Bieber’s sympathizers have long argued that the real reason Bieber launched his verbal attack on Bloom was because he thought Bloom and Gomez might have been having a fling behind his back (they were photographed months earlier loitering outside an L.A. club together).
And now, shocking new pictures of Bloom, who is currently dating pop princess Katy Perry (do keep up at the back there) and Gomez getting what can only be described as hot and heavy in a California club have emerged, proving that Bieber may actually have been right all along.
Bloom and Gomez found themselves cheek to cheek in the VIP area of the Light club at the Mandalay Bay, after Gomez held an after-party for her Las Vegas concert there.
Sources in the club tell TMZ, “Orlando was a surprise, late addition to the party... and made a major impression when he got there,” although, “Selena absolutely went back to her room alone.”
It might be a struggle for Bloom come up smelling of roses this time.
According to Hollywood Life, Bieber is most upset by the images but never fear—he has been getting some grown-up romantic advice from rapper Chris Brown, who “explained to Biebs that Selena’s only trying to make him jealous because she’s truly in love with him… He told Justin not to say anything about the pics on social media and under no circumstances is he to call Selena. The first one who calls loses.”
Then again, given Brown’s heinous dating track record, perhaps not the best choice of confidant.