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Orlando Bloom's mother defends him after his controversial remark, plus more news

Wonderwall Logo By Wonderwall.com Editors of Wonderwall | Slide 1 of 10: <p>Two weeks after <a href="http://www.wonderwall.com/celebrity/profiles/overview/orlando-bloom-367.article">Orlando Bloom</a> faced backlash for describing himself as a "pikey from Kent," the actor's mom, Sonia Bloom, is speaking out about the controversy. 'I think anyone listening would have known it was said jokingly about the place where he was born and bred," she said in a letter sent to her local paper, the Kentish Gazette (via the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4507028/Orlando-Bloom-s-mother-denies-son-racist.html">Daily Mail</a>). "Orlando, I feel sure, was referring to the fact he enjoys mixing with people from all walks of life," she continued. "He is a friendly, courteous, respectful guy, happy to meet, chat, sign autographs and take selfies with anyone who asks." Sonia also said she made amends for Orlando's use of the word -- a slur associated with gypsies and travelers -- with the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups, which she said agreed the incident had been "blown out of proportion." In his apology, Orlando explained, "I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that. I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful."</p>

Orlando Bloom's mother weighs in on his derogatory remark

Two weeks after Orlando Bloom faced backlash for describing himself as a "pikey from Kent," the actor's mom, Sonia Bloom, is speaking out about the controversy. 'I think anyone listening would have known it was said jokingly about the place where he was born and bred," she said in a letter sent to her local paper, the Kentish Gazette (via the Daily Mail). "Orlando, I feel sure, was referring to the fact he enjoys mixing with people from all walks of life," she continued. "He is a friendly, courteous, respectful guy, happy to meet, chat, sign autographs and take selfies with anyone who asks." Sonia also said she made amends for Orlando's use of the word -- a slur associated with gypsies and travelers -- with the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups, which she said agreed the incident had been "blown out of proportion." In his apology, Orlando explained, "I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that. I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful."

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