Orlando Bloom gushes about co-star after Miranda Kerr split news

Oct 25, 2013 at 5:51 p.m. ET

Orlando Bloom raved about his Romeo and Juliet co-star, Condola Rashad — dishing about the chemistry they have together — right as the news he split from wife Miranda Kerr broke.

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Just as reports came that Orlando Bloom and wife Miranda Kerr were splitting up, the actor gushed and raved about the chemistry he shares with his Romeo and Juliet co-star, Condola Rashad.

Appearing on Live with Kelly and Michael Friday morning, Bloom did not talk about his marriage or split from Kerr. Instead he spoke of the strong chemistry he shares with his onstage co-star in the famed Shakespearean Broadway play.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was passionate when he described his kissing scenes with Rashad, saying that "it just goes on."

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Adding, "Sometimes I'm like, I'm not letting go," Orlando revealed that they get applause right after that first kiss because it is so long and passionate.

Meanwhile, Rashad has repeatedly reiterated the great chemistry she shares with Bloom onstage.

"What's funny is that we don't have to force it," Rashad told Newsday. "We had a connection from the minute we met... a sense of comfort with each other. Which was cool."

Rashad was also quoted on Broadway.com last month saying that Bloom's "a heartthrob, that one!" and said that besides not having to work hard to show their chemistry, they also enjoy each other's company offstage.

"We hang out sometimes afterward, but we've built the relationship we have by being around each other," Rashad continued. "We have a lot of fun and trust between the two of us."

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Bloom and Kerr just announced today that they've split up and have actually been separated for a few months. "It's been a long time coming," a Us Weekly source said of the breakup.

A rep for Bloom confirmed the split, saying, "In a joint statement, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have announced that they have been amicably separated for the past few months. After six years together, they have recently decided to formalize their separation."

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