Katy Perry On Doing Couples Therapy With Orlando Bloom And Their Breakup

Katy Perry opened up a bit for Chelsea Handler on the comedian Dear Chelsea podcast about the work she and her partner Orlando Bloom are doing to keep their relationship healthy. The two are in therapy and both did the Hoffman process (a kind of week-long therapy retreat) on different parts of their relation.

Perry addressed a viewer, who asked how she could shout less with her boyfriend.

Perry elaborated on the practice of yelling first, then the benefit of couples therapy: “I’ve found—I know it sounds cliché too—just like taking three deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. It also increases the possibilities in your brain to think differently than ‘red, red, red’. And I think you [Chelsea] fits on the whole – I know what it’s like to be yelled at as a kid, so I like to remember that and say a little bit like, ‘Oh, that never worked with me’, and knowing it won’t work with the other person. †

“Your partners usually see your best and many of your worst sides because they are there to be your mirrors,” Perry continued. “Orlando and I do couples therapy, and we love it because it keeps us informed, and the resentment can get really strong if you both work hard. And god bless successful people in the spotlight, and so if you want to get back to normal in a domesticated world where you have a kid and things like that you really need to learn how to be a little bit different out there in the big and the small . And so we’ve had a lot of success with that couple’s therapy.”

“But she [the viewer] asked if there was a treatment or something like that,” Perry added. “I went to this place — I’m sure you’ve heard of it — called the Hoffman Trial. And I went there – Orlando preceded me.”

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom in New York City on January 27, 2022

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Perry then spoke about their breakup and what caused it. †[This was when] we were dating. He came back after he went and didn’t lean into all my crap and so it was boring. It got boring and I thought, ‘Then we’ll split up!’ And then I had the worst year of my life – not just because of relationships, but a lot of different things changed and shift for me that I really believe was an opportunity for me to evolve and grow. It was like, here we are at the fork in the road. Are you going for the L or are you going for the R? A year later I went to the Hoffman trial, and it’s amazing because it’s a weeklong trial and they’re handing out grants. It’s a bit expensive, but I’d say it’s the best value. You don’t have a cell phone and you just kind of go deep through exercises with other people, which is great because they trigger you all the time and then you work through those triggers. But really, it’s a place where you can go, where you can rewire the neuro-pathways in your mind and discover yourself. There is so much awareness. You’re going to find out why you have these patterns and habits and where they come from and everything really comes from mom or dad. So if you yell, who yelled at you? It’s a learned thing. It has profoundly changed my life. It’s the number 1 I recommend if anyone is ready for that next level in life.”

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