Orlando Bloom details ‘dark time’ after suffering ‘near-death experience’ as a teen: ‘I was very fortunate to survive’
Orlando Bloom has opened up about his mental and physical struggles following a devastating ‘near-death’ accident as a teenager.
The 45-year-old actor made the disclosure in an Instagram video for UNICEF in support of World Mental Health Day on October 10.
In the clip, The Lord Of The Rings star described suffering a fall that nearly left him paralyzed.
Harrowing accident: ‘When I was 19 I fell three floors from a window and broke my back. I was very fortunate to survive the fall because my spinal cord was still just intact,’ Bloom said.
‘When I was 19 I fell three floors from a window and broke my back. I was very fortunate to survive the fall because my spinal cord was still just intact,’ Bloom said.
‘And when I was in hospital, I was told for the first four days that I may never walk again.’
The ordeal led to much introspection for the British star and made him reassess some of his previous behaviors.
Recovery: Bloom underwent spinal surgery and intense physical therapy after which he wore a back brace
‘That was really the beginning of what was a long and painful journey for me into recognizing and understanding some of the patterns that had been in my life that had led me to having numerous accidents,’ he added.
‘And the culmination was breaking my back, which was a near-death experience.’
Bloom underwent spinal surgery and intense physical therapy after which he wore a back brace. But the mental aspects of his recovery proved to be quite challenging as well.
Showing support: He shared an image riding a bike with a back brace after the accident in 1998
‘I would say the months after the fall were quite a dark time,’ the Carnival Row actor said. ‘As somebody who’d sort of always been very active in my life, it felt very restrictive all of a sudden and I was in a lot of pain.’
He continued: ‘And I would say that, for me, the injury created time and space for me to look at my life, recognize what was good and great in my life, and the fact that I had this recovery, and then build that into the way that I live my life.
‘Because mental health is particularly challenging because it’s unseen.’
Looking back: Bloom said the accident made him reflect on ‘some of the patterns that had been in my life that had led me to having numerous accidents’, seen here in 2021
Bloom, who is engaged to pop star Katy Perry, finished by offering advice on how to ‘transform the pain’ into ‘good fortune.’
‘It is so important to reach out to people, to talk to people, to find somebody in order to create the possibility for communication that leads to transformation and change,’ he shared.
‘It starts with one moment, one conversation, it starts with one question, “What’s on your mind?”‘
Healthy outlook: ‘It is so important to reach out to people… in order to create the possibility for communication that leads to transformation and change,’ Bloom said in the video, seen here in 2021
Last year, Bloom discussed the accident by sharing a throwback photo riding a bike while wearing a back brace.
‘That’s me in my back brace circa 1998 about 3months after I fell 3floors and crushed my spine, narrowly escaping death and paralysis,’ he captioned the photo. ‘Grateful everyday for my limbs that allow me to push my limits and live life on my edge (safer now).’
In September, the British actor was seen enjoying a leisurely bike ride alongside Perry, 37, and their two-year-old daughter Daisy in Montecito, California.
Better days: Bloom and fiancée Katy Perry at the Carnival Row premiere in 2019
Also joining the family excursion was Bloom’s son Flynn, 11, from his relationship with Australian model Miranda Kerr, 39.
The actor will next be seen in the film adaptation of Gran Turismo opposite Stranger Things star David Harbour.
The production is based on a true story, following a teenage Gran Turismo player who used his gaming skills to become a professional racecar driver.
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