Orlando Bloom shares 1998 photo of himself in back brace after falling down THREE floors and ‘narrowly escaping death and paralysis’
Orlando Bloom is ‘grateful’ to be alive after ‘narrowly escaping death’ following a 1998 spine injury.
The Carnival Row star, 44, ‘crushed’ his spine in a nasty injury in 1998 when he fell down three floors of a building, and has shared a picture from a few months after the incident as he recalled the dangerous time.
He wrote on Instagram on Friday: ‘That’s me in m back brace circa 1998 about 3months after I fell 3floors and crushed my spine, narrowly escaping death and paralysis … grateful everyday for my limbs that allow me to push my limits and live life on my edge (safer now)’.
‘I fell 3 floors and crushed my spine’: Orlando Bloom is ‘grateful’ to be alive after ‘narrowly escaping death’ following a 1998 spine injury
Orlando previously spoke about the incident in 2005, when he shared he was climbing up to a roof terrace when the drainpipe he was holding onto collapsed.
He told GQ: ‘Until then, I didn’t have a healthy appreciation for life and death — that we’re not invincible. And for four days, I faced the idea of living in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I went to some dark places in my mind. I realised, I’m either going to walk again or I’m not.
‘The doctor said he wasn’t sure how severe the spinal cord damage was. I remember him telling me that, and staring at the ceiling, thinking, I never stared at ceilings before! And I wonder if I’m going to be looking at ceilings for the rest of my life.’
And although the Pirates of the Caribbean star spent just a few weeks in hospital, the accident changed his outlook on life.
‘Grateful everyday for my limbs’: Bloom shared what appeared to be more recent photo of himself hitting the road on his bike
He added: ‘When I came out of the hospital, I started partying straight away — with the back brace on. It took me a couple of months to realise this was my life, and I didn’t want to mess it up.
‘But that accident has informed everything in my life. Until you’re close to losing it, you don’t realise. I used to ride motorbikes and drive cars like everything was a racetrack; it was ridiculous. It wasn’t because I thought it was cool; it was just because I loved living on the edge. But I’ve chilled.’
Nowadays, Orlando is a wildly successful actor and doting father of two.
The actor shares 10-year-old son Flynn with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr, and one-year-old daughter Daisy Dove with fiancee Katy Perry.
Family man: Nowadays, Orlando is a wildly successful actor and doting father of two (pictured 2021)
Katy and Orlando first started dating in 2016 and split up the following year before they reunited in February 2018.
The couple got engaged the following February and welcomed their daughter Daisy Dove 18 months later.
Speaking to the latest edition of L’Officiel USA, Katy gushed about her other half for not only the way he treats their daughter but also how he acts as a dad to his son Flynn.
Love story: Katy and Orlando first started dating in 2016 and split up the following year before they reunited in February 2018 (pictured 2021)
Katy gushed about Orlando’s relationship with his eldest as she said: ‘I was able to witness him and his fatherhood.
‘The way that he showed up for him and continues to show up for him, and the efforts that he makes and the distance he goes, I think that’s one of the reasons I made that conscious decision.
‘I was like, “Here’s the father of my future children.” I could see his kindness, empathy, care, and tenderness. I courted that. I was like, “Okay, this is different.”
‘And this is his first girl, so it’s a totally different feeling for him. I’m really, really grateful to have him. And he really shows up in a huge emotional way, which is unique for me.’
Proud parents: Bloom and Perry share one-year-old daughter Daisy Dove together (pictured 2019)