Orlando Bloom intimately with Selena Gomez

Orlando Bloom intimately with Selena Gomez

Orlando Bloom intimately with Selena Gomez

In one of the more curious celebrity-gossip items of late, TMZ posted some pictures earlier this week in which Orlando Bloom (who has been dating Katy Perry for the past few months, even wearing matching Tamagotchis with her to the Met Ball last week) was seen . . . we’ll go with chatting intimately with Selena Gomez, in Las Vegas, after her concert stop in the city. The pictures were not exactly Kristen Stewart–Rupert Sanders–style “this is definitely a thing” images, but they also indicated an extreme closeness between Gomez and Bloom (who have been photographed together before, and would seem to have some sort of ongoing friendship) that would, at the very least, presumably incite some kind of “ummmm….?” text from Perry to Bloom. Though, on the other hand, who knows what these three people—all of whom have been famous for a while now—are or aren’t, or were or weren’t, aware of, or confused about. Maybe Perry thought it was the most normal thing in the world to see these pictures!

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While none of the three parties released a statement following the turn of events, Perry tweeted, late Wednesday night, somewhat cryptically, a link to Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?,” which, of course, worked the gossip blogs into something of a frenzy, no doubt commissioning Photoshop renderings of Perry bludgeoning a Tamagotchi with a baseball bat, tearing a Pirates of the Caribbean poster to shreds.

But about 17 hours later, Perry—the most followed celebrity on Twitter—tweeted again, this time a link to an article Bloom wrote for Time about his work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in Eastern Ukraine. “Instead of giving energy & eyeballs to dumb conspiracy,” she wrote, “check out how cool this is” (though, of course, since this is Katy Perry we are talking about, the two “o”s in “cool” were rendered as eye-emojis). She signed off her tweet with the hashtag “#dontfeedthebeast.”

Selena Gomez chatting intimately with   Orlando Bloom

And, fully closing the loop, Gomez then promptly retweeted Perry’s message, adding, simply, a prayer-hands emoji, as if to say, “This is over.”

But will this truly end our odd week-long journey, attempting to understand the complex dynamic between two pop stars and a 39-year-old actor? Certainly not. Will Ellen DeGeneres be able to resist inquiring about the situation the next time any of the three of them is on her show? Nope. But, for now, publicly at least, it seems there is, amongst them, peace.

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