The British actor is referring to…[being] photographed paddleboarding off the coast of Sardinia…
The paparazzi images of Orlando went viral. Did the hysteria surrounding his penis surprise him? “Yes, it was extremely surprising,” he says. “I wouldn’t have put myself in that position if I’d thought it would happen…I’ve been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar. We’d been completely alone for five days. Nothing around us. There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free.’
Had it been a woman exposed by the press there would have been outrage. Is it a case of double standards? “I didn’t take it that deep, darlin’,” he offers. “What can I tell you? Note to self: you’re never free. Ha!”
…At an alfresco bar in Malibu, California, he looks out towards the ocean, talking slowly and carefully.
…As he reclines, a small tattoo of an orange sun on his stomach peeks out from underneath his shirt. Joking aside, the paddleboarding photos alarmed Orlando. He prefers to keep his life private; his former home in the Hollywood Hills was burgled in 2009 by the gang whose exploits were portrayed in Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film, The Bling Ring….
“We’re friends,” he says of Katy, without mentioning her by name. “It’s good. We’re all grown-up. She happens to be someone who is very visible, but I don’t think anybody cares what I’m up to. Nor should they. It’s between us. It’s better to set an example for kids and show that [break-ups] don’t have to be about hate.”…
Orlando is new to social media, having avoided it for years. Although he has no Twitter account, his Instagram is public, and six months ago he signed up to Facebook. “I think the times are changing,” he says. “My mum kept an article from the mid-Noughties that said this kid had been Googled more than anyone on the planet for four years in a row.” He pauses. “And it was me!” He apologises, saying he’s concerned he sounds like a ‘knob’.
“I’m not a millennial. They live their lives through their phones. What happens to my son? How is he going to have a real relationship if it’s all happening on his phone?Disconnecting is massively important.”