Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are parents.
The Hollywood a-listers announced the birth of their daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom, in a unique way to call attention to the global inequities in access to quality healthcare. Rather than posting on their own social media or granting an exclusive interview to a magazine, Perry and Bloom allowed The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to announce the birth.
The charity, which provides developmental and humanitarian aid to children around the world, posted a picture on Twitter of Daisy’s tiny hand being held by her mom and dad. Perry had a flower painted on her nail.
The photo linked to a fundraising appeal that Perry and Bloom organized for UNICEF, for which they both work as ambassadors.
“In celebration of the heart we know our daughter already has, we have set up a donation page to celebrate DDB’s arrival,” the couple wrote. The fundraiser was titled “The most precious gift: a healthy child.”
Welcome to the world, Daisy Dove Bloom! We are honoured to introduce Goodwill Ambassadors @KatyPerry and Orlando Bloom's new bundle of joy.
“We are floating with love and wonder from the safe and healthy arrival of our daughter."
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) August 27, 2020
Through UNICEF, Perry and Bloom spoke about their joy at the birth of Daisy, and also the privilege that they have.
“We are floating with love and wonder from the safe and healthy arrival of our daughter,” they said. “But we know we’re the lucky ones and not everyone can have a birthing experience as peaceful as ours was. Communities around the world are still experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers and every eleven seconds a pregnant woman or newborn dies, mostly from preventable causes.”
This year, it’s more important than ever to help others around the globe access quality healthcare, they said.
“Since COVID-19, many more newborn lives are at risk because of a greater lack of access to water, soap, vaccines and medicines that prevent diseases. As parents to a newborn, this breaks our hearts, as we empathize with struggling parents now more than ever,” they wrote.
Perry and Bloom didn’t release any details about Daisy’s birth, other than her name. Daisy is Perry’s first child, but she’ll have a brother in 9-year-old Flynn, Bloom’s son with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr.
Bloom spoke with Howard Stern last year about how becoming a parent the first time changed him.
“When you have a child, you realize you’re not the most important person in the room,” he said. “You know, it crushes your ego, and you go, ‘Oh, wow,’ right? So it reframes everything.”
In March, Perry spoke about how she was excited to welcome her first child and experience full-time motherhood. She was blunt when she was asked about whether or not her pregnancy was planned.
“Well, it wasn’t an accident,” she said on SiriusXM. “It was like, you know, I’m so grateful for everything that I have been able to do and achieve and all the goals I’ve been able to kinda check off my list, and dreams, in the life I’ve lived thus far. I think I’ve just been trying to create this space in my own life where I’m not running myself too ragged and, like, creating space for something new to happen like this.”
Perry also shared how Bloom was being helpful during the stressful experience of being pregnant during a pandemic.
“He’s being very sensitive, knowing that we’re not only in quarantine but we’re doing it while pregnant. He’s also doing a lot of pro-style cycling for a couple hours a day, so that gives me my space,” she told Cosmo.
In addition to having a well-known mom and dad, Daisy will be surrounded by stars. Earlier this year reports came out that Jennifer Anniston was going to be the godmother. She and Perry had bonded over long quarantine walks during the pregnancy.