Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's relationship was reportedly "never really supposed to be serious".
The 'Dark Horse' hitmaker and the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star confirmed they had called time on their romance on Wednesday but a source has claimed the pair's relationship was always about having "fun" rather than settling down.
A source said: "It was never really supposed to be serious between them. When it first started, she was basically like, 'This will be fun for now.'"
Whilst an insider close to Orlando added: "[He was] happy and content [but] was not in the mindset to settle down."
And the pair are said to have split up after the relationship because "more and more work".
The source shared: "It just became more and more work to make it work. Because this wasn't something permanent, it just became time to take a break."
And another insider told People magazine: "There was nothing dramatic or over the top. Katy's going through a lot of changes for her new music - both physically and emotionally - and this was a part of that."
Katy and Orlando announced their split in a joint statement where they revealed they would be "taking [a] respectful, loving space at this time".
They said: "Before rumours or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time."
Meanwhile, Katy previously revealed her "sexual independence" will be conveyed on her new album.
She said: "There's like a confidence that you get, a clarity ... and I think that's going to be translating into my music. There's like a beautiful independence, a sexual independence, like an identity. You know all the ladies in their thirties that are hearing this they're like, 'yeah yeah yeah', I totally, I feel you, and so all that's being translated into the music."
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