Justin Bieber’s well publicized and numerous brushes with the law were about to take another turn yesterday when movie star Orlando Bloom did something many would like to do: Take a swing at the Canadian popster.
Bloom, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Lord of the Rings” star, 37, reportedly tried to punch the “Beauty and the Beat” singer, 20, early Wednesday while they were at the star-studded Cipriani restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza, according to TMZ website.
The LA Times report that it is unclear what instigated the scuffle — sources told TMZ it might have been Bieber’s history with Bloom’s ex, supermodel Miranda Kerr — but the British actor threw the punch, missed when Bieber ducked and his bodyguard took the hit, according to video of the incident.
“Orlando took one swing at Justin and missed,” a source told People magazine. “They were separated and Justin stayed at Cipriani with friends for a while before leaving.”
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The New York Post reported that Bieber and Bloom had been seated at different tables, but when Bieber & Co. walked by Bloom’s table, the actor reportedly refused to shake the singer’s hand. Then the YouTube sensation is believed to have said something rude that may have alluded to Kerr, though the Post’s Bieber source said that comment was made after the altercation and another said that it was never made at all.
Bieber, whose antics have made more headlines than his work as of late, can be heard on the video saying “What’s up [expletive]?” to Bloom and some shoving took place after that.
Bieber’s rep declined to comment the matter while a rep for Bloom did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment.
Soon after the fight, Bieber took to Instagram to post a photo of a bikini-clad Kerr, which he promptly deleted, TMZ said.
The trio’s history may go back to November 2012 when Bieber performed at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and posed backstage with the then-Angel. Stories of Bieber hooking up with models went rampant after that, and his rumored romance with model Barbara Palvin reportedly prompted his split with on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez the following January.
In October 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had formalized their months-long separation.