Katy Perry Reflects on Her 2017 Breakup from Orlando Bloom: 'We've Gotten Through a Lot of Hell'

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are happily awaiting the arrival of their daughter, but their road to building a family together hasn't been easy.

After a yearlong romance, the couple hit pause on their relationship in 2017 — and the singer tells PEOPLE in its latest issue that the breakup was necessary for them to become stronger together.

"It's really about an individual journey that makes the whole thing better. We both had to decide to go on that journey separately because it's not my half and your half that makes a whole," says Perry. "It's my wholeness and your wholeness that makes this whole thing happen."

On one of Smile's standout tracks, "Champagne Problems," Perry, 35, sings about overcoming their toughest times.

As they prepare to welcome their baby girl (Bloom is already dad to 9-year-old son Flynn), Perry says she and the actor are continuing to learn from each other and grow together.

"Of course you admire someone that usually has traits you want more of. I want to be more spiritual and more centered, and that's him," she says. "He wants to be more organized and good with thinking about big picture stuff. Those are traits that we really aspire to learn about each other."

Katy Perry Was 'Terrified' of Motherhood Two Years Ago but Is Now Excited for 'Unconditional Love': It's 'Been a Journey'

As for a wedding any time soon?

"I tried to do it this year and it poo poo-ed on me so ask me again in another year!" says Perry, who canceled a planned wedding this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. "I went through the whole freakin' process. Right now, we're just so focused on this [pregnancy], which is exciting. Let's hope [2021] is different than '20. Every time we try to make a plan, it switches. It's really all about going with the flow these days!"

For all the details on Katy Perry's journey to motherhood, life with Orlando Bloom and the strength and hope behind her upcoming album, Smile (out Aug. 28), pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Source: Read Full Article